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When you're relocating to Australia, you may not be familiar with the areas you're searching. Even if you have visited the region or are familiar with the city you're moving into, you may overlook some crucial aspects of the apartment hunting process. With so much to consider and plan out, this is understandable. So, we're here to remind you! Here are some important things to look for when you're apartment hunting

Good location/neighbourhood

Once you've decided where you want to live, you need to narrow it down even more. Chances are, if you've decided a specific city or part of a city is the right landing spot for you, it's a decent neighbourhood. Look for an area with low crime rates and accessible public transportation, as well as activities and recreation for residents and visitors. If necessary, be sure to find a location with good schools and hospitals, too.

Potential traffic during commute

If you are not planning on using public transportation to get to/from work, you need to consider your commute. Ask about potential traffic during rush hour. If you'll be driving yourself every morning and evening, you don't want to live in a high traffic area that is going to extend your commute time.
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Parking accessibility

Piggybacking off the point above, you'll need a place to keep your car. Most apartment buildings have specified parking lots or garages for residents, but many people don't think ahead to consider what guests will do upon visiting. Does your new apartment building have street parking available? Where will your family members or friends park when they come to visit you at your new place?

Pets

Do you have or want pets? If you are a pet-person, make sure you ask about the apartment building's policy on pets. You can't leave your furry friends behind! Some apartments don't allow pets, while others are more pet-friendly. If this important to you, ask the right questions while you're apartment hunting.

Cellphone reception

Nowadays, most people's cellphones are attached to their hands. It'd be a shame if you moved into a nice new apartment and couldn't use your phone because of a poor cellphone signal. Depending on your service provider, you might have a more difficult time receiving and making calls on your cell.

Water pressure

This is something many people may forget about when looking at apartments. While apartment hunting, test the water pressure in all the shower and sink faucets around the place. Also, make sure that all the toilets flush with the same force. While you're at it, turn on a faucet and see how long it takes for the cold water to become hot.

Test outlets

Similar to water pressure, you should test every outlet in an apartment before you move in. This may be done when you have the place inspected, but you can never be too careful. If you catch a malfunctioning outlet before you relocate, fixing it is the responsibility of the previous tenant.

All in all, when you're apartment hunting, you should be searching based on your needs and wants, specifically. You're going to have to live in the apartment by yourself, with your significant other or with your family, so it should fit your requirements. Take all of these things into consideration, as well as whatever else you deem important. Happy hunting!

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on January 5, 2016

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