Finally got the boot from mum and dad? Or perhaps your de facto relationship has come to an end?

In a perfect world, you could stroll from one home right into the next without any problems. But in reality, it’s not uncommon for people to find themselves in housing limbo before finding a new address.

Whatever your reasons for being between homes, we can help with these tips surrounding couch-surfing and how to find your new home.

 

Find Somewhere To Stay

Woman couch-surfing concept

Your first priority is finding somewhere safe to sleep in the meantime. From your mate’s couch to a holiday rental, you have a few options for temporary accommodation.

Friends and Family

Surely you have a friend that owes you for that time you took them on a 2am Macca’s run. Or an aunty that is always saying you don’t spend enough time together.

If no one springs to mind immediately, use your contacts. Get on social media and put the word out that you’re looking for a place to crash. Whether it’s a relative, a friend, or a friend of a friend, you’re sure to find someone who’s willing to host you on their couch.

Short-Term Rentals and Sublets

If you think you’ll be between houses for more than a few weeks, subletting a rental might be a good option. Ask friends if they have a spare room they’re willing to sublet until you find a new place. You might also find a room listed for sublet on online communities like Gumtree.

Otherwise, if you’re lucky, you might find a place available for short-term rent. These may be as rare as unicorns, but sometimes renters need someone to fill their spot for the last month or so, so you just might get lucky.

Airbnb

Airbnb isn’t just great for weekend getaways, you know. It also comes in handy when you need a roof over your head without breaking the bank.

Filter the price in your search to find affordable temporary accommodation.

Camping

What better excuse to bust out the tent and get back to nature? Sure, you may not have all your ducks in a row when it comes to your living arrangements, but a few nights under the stars couldn’t hurt.

Nature is known to help manage stress levels, so go ahead – pitch that tent and maintain a positive outlook!

 

Find Somewhere For Your Stuff

Man lifting couch

Chances are, your friend’s place doesn’t have space for all your stuff. Pack a bag of essentials and find somewhere else for your larger items until you’ve organised a more permanent living arrangement.

Moving Truck

Have a spare week between moving out of your old place and into your new one? Some moving truck hire companies allow you to keep the vehicle for a number of days. Load up your stuff and keep it locked inside until it’s time to unpack at your new place.

 

Self-Storage Unit

A self-storage unit is your home away from home. While you can’t legally sleep in a self-storage unit, you can fill it up with your stuff until you find a new place to put it.

We offer flexible and affordable self-storage unit leases to help you get back on your feet when you’re in no-man’s-land.

 

Hunt For A New Place

Looking for rentals on phone

Whether you’re looking to rent, buy, or find the holy grail of roommates to move in with, you should start your search as soon as possible.

Real Estate Sites

Real estate websites are a goldmine for properties available to buy or rent. You can refine your search by size, area, price and more to find your perfect new place.

Craigslist

Ah, Craigslist. From old furniture to potential new romance, there’s almost nothing you won’t find on this wonderland of buried treasures.

There’s an entire housing section on the site, including a rooms wanted page, where you can share your interest for a new place.

Newspapers

Did you know you can still get your daily dose of updates and events in print form? That’s right – newspapers are still a thing. And they have a real estate section at the back, near the photos of all the puppies you’ll want to buy.

 

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