Rental hunting in a tough market

Deciding on a rental can be stressful and in most cases, requires you to act fast to beat the competition – so it pays to know exactly what to look for in a rental property. We’ve made the hard work easy with our essentials guide below to help you find that perfect place to call home.

Before you look

Set a budget. Don’t forget to factor in living costs on top of what you’re prepared to pay in rent.
List your key ingredients. What things are you not prepared to compromise on? Additionally, what would be your ideal length of lease?
Speak to a Prudential Property Manager. As the single largest provider of rentals in South West Sydney and with over 3000 properties under our belt, you’re guaranteed to be in the best hands. We’ll notify you of what’s on the market to meet your needs and budget, and help you secure the perfect rental before someone else does.  

Key deciding factors

For many renters, the most important feature of a property is its address. How convenient is it to transport, shops and schools? Are there other amenities that you need to be close by, such as sports grounds or hospitals? Often the perfect location will demand higher rent, so it can be beneficial to extend your search just out of the initial area.

Floor plan.
Floor plans are a critical selling point and will determine the feel of the property. Open floor plans usually provide a spacious feel, while smaller floor plans can suit tenants opting for an intimate home or with separation of rooms. It’s just as important to consider if there’s enough natural lighting – after all, nobody wants to feel like they’re living underground.

Features & inclusions.
These are the quick tick-boxes that can help you differentiate a not-so-good property from a great one.
Number of bedrooms?
Number of bathrooms?
Room for living (or work/study)?
Are appliances included (and in good working order)?
Are there laundry facilities?
Built-ins and storage space?
Outdoor access? (Balconies, gardens, parks)
Air conditioning?
Security and lifts?
Parking? (On property, off-street or both?)
Upfront costs and cost of utilities?
Allowance for pets?

Want professional, expert and local advice about renting? Contact a Prudential Real Estate Property Manager today. Call the team on (02) 4628 0033 or email us at