Snifter thank you for all your advice! Sorry, I don’t think my original post is clear, I was only asking if it is possible to secure a rental property itself within 4 days to a week, not to choose an area and a school etc in that time. I meant literally time between looking a property and securing a contract.
We are also coming for a few weeks as a family in May to scout around for areas that we may want to live and hopefully do a few school visits to get an idea what our options are. The reason I focus on the school it is a way to limit the number of areas we have to look at. I’m not looking at highly sought after schools as I know I may have issues getting 4 places in 4 different grades. But I also know from experience (this is our third international move) that getting back into routine helps my kids to settle, and being at school will give them the opportunity to make friends.
We we are already doing a lot of research on property prices in the areas we think might suit us and we know which areas are out of our Budget. But we are looking to rent for the first year to make sure we make the right decision. I’m trying to initially limit our school choices by second language, then by location and hopefully come up with a list of 10-15 areas to look at before we arrive, then maybe arrange a few school visits the second week of our trip. Obviously this will depend on wether schools will entertain this when we are not yet living in the country. I too am trying to avoid the 40 minute school run! I have also experienced this and I’m not looking to repeat it. But I have experienced putting my children into a school that was not right for them, and how unhappy that made everyone!
If anything I’m more likely to be overly picky with area since I do hope not to have to move my children’s school again, by the time we move down my eldest will be on her 5th school at the grand old age of 9. To that end any advice you can give on locations with pleasant, caring schools that teach either German or Indonesian at LOTE that may have spaces and where we might not have to pay much more than half a million dollars for a 4 bedroom house, would be great! Or any other advice on choosing suitable suburbs for that matter!