Living in a sharehouse is one of the most sustainable options for Brisbane residents who are struggling with the increased cost of living. That being said, finding and moving into a sharehouse isn’t always easy. Finding a home that suits your needs and sharing it with people you may or may not know can be extremely stressful. There are heaps of things to consider. What bills will you have to pay? Where do you find the perfect furniture? How do you transport all your belongings to your new home?
Moving into a sharehouse can leave you in a great home or a not so fun situation. This is why we have compiled 5 tips for moving into a sharehouse in Brisbane.
The great thing about finding a room these days is the number of websites available that advertise spare rooms for rent. We recommend Flatmates.com.au, a trusted and reliable choice when it comes to searching for a share house. This is Australia’s leading sharehouse platform, which allows you to check who you will be sharing with, what restrictions the house may have (no smokers please) and what bills you will have to pay.
Before signing any contract, you need to check what bills you are responsible for. Some share houses will have bills included in rent, while others will not. Always confirm how bills will be split between you and the other housemates before moving in. This will save you from having to pay any surprise bills you haven’t budgeted for.
Have you ever had a nightmare housemate? It’s a lot more common than you think. When you are sharing your home with someone you may or may not know, it’s important you respect their space and your own. There are so many do’s and don’t and unspoken rules you need to know when sharing a house.
Pay your bills on time. Don’t take things that aren’t yours without asking. Always clean up after yourself. These are some of the golden rules. To learn more about the do’s and don’ts of house sharing, check out this great article by Flatemates.com.au https://flatmates.com.au/info/how-to-be-a-good-housemate.
Finding furniture and homewares is hard when you’re working within a budget. It’s easy to head to the shops and buy furniture brand new, but this can be an expensive exercise. That’s why checking your local Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and Op Shops for household items can be a great cash saver.
On Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, people close to you are selling second-hand furniture, which you can pick up for a small fee, or sometimes even free. Alternatively, Op shops have quality items for a fraction of the price they were originally sold for. With beds, couches, and kitchen utensils, Op Shops have everything you need to get yourself set up in your new home without breaking the bank.
The struggle when buying from Facebook Market, Gumtree and Op Shops is that it’s up to you to transport your items from the seller's location to your new home.
Hiring a traditional removalist has both positives and negatives. Removalists are a great option if you have a full house load of furniture to move. However, they can be costly – particularly if you are only moving a few items. Also, it can be hard to find a traditional removalist with short notice.
Getting a mate with a ute to help you move is also an option. Yet, while this is the cheapest option by far, your mates can be unreliable and might accidentally damage your items. They are also unlikely to have the right equipment, such as trolleys and blankets.
The perfect solution for your small move is PicUp – Queensland’s only on-demand service that will connect you with haulers who are ready to transport your furniture at a date and time that suits you. Our team is able to move anything that will fit into a normal ute or large van. We have clear, upfront pricing (which we will send before you book), and we operate all across Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Northern Rivers, NSW.