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5 Questions To Ask Before Moving Into A Smaller Rental

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So, you’re moving to a smaller rental home. Even if you’ve moved plenty of times before, there’s lots to remember (or forget!) each time. To make sure things go smoothly, here are 5 questions you should ask before moving day.

1. How can I keep track of everything I need to do?

Moving is a lot more than just packing things in boxes. That’s why we’ve put together a printable four-week checklist to get you started with the move. Start working through these tasks — we’ve broken them up into four per week — and you’ll be making a smart move in no time.

2. What items should I sell before moving?

If your old home was full of furniture, it might be time think about a garage sale or asking family and friends to help you sell them. And don’t forget to upgrade your outdated appliances, which could be costing you hundreds (if not thousands) in excess energy. By buying products with a good Energy Rating, you’ll be saving money in the long run.

3. When will the utilities be connected?

The sooner you tell your utility services that you’re moving, the sooner they’ll be connected at your new property. Give yourself 2–3 weeks to either re-connect or join new services. For your energy and gas, EnergyAustralia can guarantee to have you connected on the day you move in – or we’ll give you a $100 credit (terms and conditions apply).

4. What is the average monthly bills cost?

If you’re paying bills at your current home, you should already have a good estimate of how much you’ll be paying at your new property. In fact, by downsizing, you should be able to save money! But don’t forget to consider factors like the energy efficiency of the new home. If you’re worried about rising energy prices, our new Secure Saver plan fixes your energy usage rates and daily supply charges for 2 years, and don’t worry: if our market energy prices go down, yours will too automatically to the lower price, and your discount will stay fixed. And at the end of the plan, we’ll recommend the best new plan for you (conditions and exclusions apply).

5. Does the property have solar?

As a renter, finding a property with solar already installed can be tricky, and if you want to install it yourself, you will need to work with your landlord. There’s lots of solar power systems to choose from, but if you’d prefer to simply support renewable energy through your electricity provider, EnergyAustralia has got a range of green energy plans available.

If you’ve asked (and answered) all of these questions, you are definitely a smart mover. EnergyAustralia has a range of electricity and gas plans to suit the needs of your new home, and if you’re an existing customer, you can arrange your move in just 5 minutes.