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What You Need To Ask If You’re Renting A Bigger Home

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With a bigger rental comes bigger responsibilities. To make moving into your new home as easy as possible, you need to ask some important questions. We’ve put together some of the big ones — and their answers — to help you be a smart mover.

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

As soon as you start planning your move, keep a to-do list to ensure you don’t miss anything along the way. That’s why we’ve put together a printable checklist that’ll give you a month’s head start. Stick it on the fridge, start ticking off tasks, and prepare for a smooth move.

2. When will the utilities be connected?

This is a question you should ask early and ask often. Give yourself a few weeks to inform your current utility providers that you’ll be moving, and start planning ahead to either re-connect or join new services at your new rental. 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).

3. Will the rent increase year-on-year?

In Australia, the rights of tenants vary state by state, and it is worth visiting your state government’s website to find out more. There might be rules about how often your rent can be increased, as well as different rules about owning a pet, how often inspections occur, and if there’s any changes you can make to the property.

4. 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 involve 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 a range of green energy plans available.

5. Do I need to upgrade to energy efficient appliances?

A new home might mean that it’s time to buy new appliances, and importantly, upgrade some old ones. An outdated fridge or wasteful washing machine could be chewing up more power than you realise! Keep an eye out for Energy Ratings while you’re shopping, and consider purchasing smart appliances that will automatically save power.

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.