The Ultimate Settling-In Checklist for Renters

Moving is exciting, but let’s be honest, settling into a new rental can feel overwhelming. This comprehensive checklist will guide you through those first crucial steps, transforming your temporary space into a comfortable and secure haven.

Fire Safety

Locate the fire extinguisher, fire escape plan, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (if applicable). Check if the detectors have been tested and ensure they have fresh batteries.

Window and Door Security

Check all windows and doors to ensure they lock properly. Consider adding extra security measures like window locks or a door chain if needed.

Inventory List

Create a detailed inventory of your belongings, especially valuables. This can be helpful for insurance purposes or in case of theft.

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Labelling is Key

Label boxes clearly to avoid unpacking frustration. Colour coding can be helpful for different rooms or categories of belongings.

Designated Spots

Assign designated spots for furniture and belongings. This creates a sense of order and makes unpacking more efficient.

Unpack Essentials First

Prioritise unpacking essentials like toiletries, medications, bedding, and a change of clothes. This ensures a smooth transition into your new space.

Content Insurance Review

Review your content/renter’s insurance policy to ensure it covers your belongings in your new location. Consider increasing coverage if necessary.


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Building Management

Familiarise yourself with the building management (if applicable). This includes their contact information and procedures for submitting maintenance requests.

Personalise Your Space

Hang pictures, add throw pillows, or bring in some plants to personalise your space and make it feel more like home.


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Connect Utilities

Ensure all utilities like electricity, internet, and water are connected and functioning properly. Click PRD Smarter Connect to connect your utilities hassle-free.


Bonus Tip: Familiarise yourself with the terms of your lease agreement, paying particular attention to clauses regarding maintenance responsibilities and noise restrictions.

By following this comprehensive checklist, you’ll be well on your way to settling into your new rental with confidence and ease. Remember, a little planning goes a long way in transforming a rental space into a comfortable and secure haven you can truly enjoy. Contact your local friendly property manager to get started.


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