There are many things to consider before you move out. You need to know if you can afford to do it, what your rights are as a tenant, what expenses you will need to pay upfront, such as a rental bond and what furniture you will need. Here are our top furniture tips to help with your move.
What Furniture Will You Need?
Some rental properties can be fully furnished or partly furnished whilst others will be completely bare. If you decide to go for an empty property, buying all new furniture could cost hundreds and or even thousands. Firstly, make a list of all the items you will need, here is a basic list to get started.
- Bed/bed side table
- Wardrobe (if property does not have built in ones)
- Washing Machine
- Dining table and chairs
- Outdoor table and chairs
Where Can You Get Cheap Furniture?
Saving money where you can is always a wise idea when moving out. So don’t look at the expensive furniture and whitegoods stores, consider the following places:
- Family/Friends/Neighbours/Work Colleagues
Make sure you let everyone know you are moving out and are looking for furniture. Most people have furniture/whitegoods they barely use or don’t like anymore and would welcome someone to take it for free or for a small amount of money.
- Council Collections
Find out when the next council collections are going to happen in suburbs close by, and drive around to see if anything worthwhile has been put out on the kerb. Many people throw out old barbeques, chairs, outdoor tables and even TV’s because they just don’t have the time or desire to try and sell them. Just do it before it rains!
- Second Hand Furniture Stores/Websites
If you google “second hand furniture stores” you will be amazed at how many there are in your state/territory. You can also source really cheap furniture on sites such as gumtree, but as with all online shopping, be mindful of scams.
- Cheap Furniture Stores
If you really want new furniture, there are furniture stores that promote cheaper furniture, such as IKEA and Fantastic Furniture but don’t forget you’ll need to pay for them!
Where Can I Get A Loan For Furniture?
If you haven’t got enough saved, rather than use a credit card, consider a personal loan. The benefits of a personal loan are they have set repayments and you will have an end date when it is all paid off. If you are moving out and are worried about your moving costs, Fair Go Finance can help! Our bond loan can be used for all your moving expenses including your furniture, bond, and even your removalist costs.