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Amazing detailed reply posts!
We got our long term rental after a week of looking, could move in the week after, we had booked our holiday let for three weeks so had few days overlap which worked out well for kitting out new home! There wasn't any more than one other couple/ family at open viewings we were at, but sat nav definetly helped get between two or three all at pretty much the same time! We got only house we filled application in for, no rental references, gave my friend in brisbane, who I haven't seen for ten years! They did phone her and the owner of the short term let, who we had known a week, she could only really confirm we'd paid! We have lovely 3 bed villa in port noarlunga south, one back from esplanade, very happy and settled.
It wasn't nearly as bad as we worried!
Gill, nurse, and Mal, ROV pilot tech.
Great thread, some really interesting stuff :)
We were in our rental for 5 weeks before our stuff arrived from the UK. We rented a house pack to tide us over and just bought the things we knew we would have to buy anyway. It was great to have everything we needed from tea spoons to a washer until our stuff arrived. And worked out much cheaper overall than a longer stay in a furnished place.
where you from rammy girl? my hubby from derby, alvaston and im from plymouth :)
As the name suggests I live in Ramsbottom North of Bury in Lancashire, but was born in Burnley. We are ping pongers in UK at the mo and hopefully Oz again next year.
oh right, i see hence the rammy! see you could be from derby and a rammy also! :0)!
Second that post excellent, think i'm gonna print it off and start making some notes of my own!! with only 8 weeks to go til we set off it will be here in no time! Though didn't realise how complecated it could be, suppose after being in your home for 10 years you don't really think abou it often trying to find the best place to suit your family etc.
Great tips thankyou :-))
wasn't online since yesterday. Thank you so much for your help, especially RockDr for your good advise of making a visiting calender and Ryan T Lion for your detailed reply!
It took us about 3 months to find somewhere decent and I was getting a bit panicky as our short term rental was finishing and the prospect of us and our kids camping on the beach until we found something was a little worrying! The main problem I found was the state of many of the rentals within our price range - dirty, smelly, tatty - I joked that many looked like someone had just died in them and they had just put them on the market! I later found out that this is often the case as often inherited properties are rented out while the owners make enough money to knock it down and rebuild a new home. Don't be fooled by the photos on realestate web some of them look fantastic and they are a real dump when you get there. We also had problems when we did find somewhere and submitted our forms due to us having no rental history (well obviously as we'd just got here!). The ones that were good got snapped up staright away by people offering over the asking price. All in all not a good experience, we got lucky in the end by bumping into the owner outside our house and doing the deal direct with him rather than going via the agency and it has worked out very well as we have not had to have the inspections and have built up a good relationship with him as apposed to a company - I would recommend this from our experience.