i had followed djangos thread about rental nightmare from the uk as it would not be long til we ourselves would arrive with 2 small children. we took the advice and booked our short term rental for 4 weeks - boy i am glad about that !
i looked at the rental section of realestate from the uk and thought oh there are loads but in fact you will soon rule out a lot maybe due to the houses being a state inside or the surrounding area not appealing to you as we did. then we saw a couple of new properties coming up called the agents but they, as django said, will NOT let you view it before the open inspection. well on 2 occassions i was told this by the agent but they were in due course taken off the website before an open date arrived ?!?!? after calling the agent to find out lthey had been let already - so i now would always call as soon as a property came on istead of waiting for the open just on the off chance they would let you view it. (which they probably wont but worth a try) even if you can manage to get an application from them inadvance of the opening is an advantage - and stalk your agent some here are far better then others.
you start to get a feeling that you may take something you are not even happy with just because you need to. the days pass really quickly initially as you have so much to do - buy a car, search for a job, house hunt, medicare, tfn numbers, bank appointments the list goes on. then you start work so are even more short on time.
anyway we have finally managed to secure a rental and thankfully one we are very happy with - but it is not available till the 2nd dec and we are out of here 29 nov - however fortunatley we were able to extend this rental til then.
just basically wanted to reinforce what django had said to ensure anyone coming over is prepared.
we are loving it here by the way but just be prepared and it will eventually all come together.
all the best