Useful ResourcesWebsites to help you move and settle-in
Here are some useful services that we've found to help you move, settle-in and make your house sharing a success. If you know any services that you can recommend, please send us a message. We hope you find them useful!
- WebMoves - helps you get the best deals on moving by connecting you with hundreds of furniture removalists, all competing for your business.
- On The Move - can help you connect all your utilities so you don’t need to worry.
- Australia Post - provides a mail redirection and notification service, along with assistance changing utilities.
- E-move - has a comprehensive moving “checklist” amongst other features.
- Australian Removalist - for within Australia, get several quotations at once using their step-by-step search engine.
- City Move - within Australia only, offering a no frills removalist service. Also offers “micro-move” budget moves.
- Chess Moving - both Interstate and International, with either a quick or detailed quote to get you moving. Includes a “moving with children” service.
- King and Wilson - Interstate and International, online quoting and offering services in storage, packing and insurance.
- Radio Rentals - one of Australia’s largest furniture renters, with flexible plans and try-then-buy options.
- Pabs - full range of bedding, lounge and kitchen furnishings for rent.
- Mr Rentals - offers home delivery of rental products.
- New South Wales - 131500.com.au has a journey planner that calculates the quickest route via train, bus or ferry, along with a full list of timetables, fares and other information. Covers both Sydney and NSW.
- Victoria - metlink has a journey planner that calculates the quickest route via train, bus or ferry, along with a full list of timetables, fares and other information. Covers both Melbourne and Victoria.
- Queensland - translink offers a journey planner for South-East Queensland only, with detailed information on maps, timetables and fares. For regional QLD, go to qconnect.
- South Australia – Adelaidemetro provides a journey planner and other information for the city of Adelaide. For regional SA, go to the SA government portal.
- Western Australia – Transperth provides a journey planner and other information for the city of Perth. For regional WA, a good place to start is the WA government portal.
- Tasmania - metrotas provides maps and timetables for Hobart and surrounding area, Launceston and Burnie.
- Northern Territory – NT Government handles the bus and transport information for the Territory.
- ACT & Canberra – Action is the ACT’s government public transport information page.
Cleaning and repairs
- Housework Heroes – a domestic house cleaning service, available throughout Australia, that can deliver services on a regular or one off basis.
- Tydii – provides a variety of cleaning services (such as steam cleaning) to Melbourne suburbs.
- Houseproud – provides regular or one-off cleaning services to Sydney homes or offices.
- Service Central – a directory of repairers and other tradespeople.
- Phoenix Fridges – This Melbourne charity will pick up your old fridge, fix it up and sell it in their shops. Free pick up if you donate it.
Finance and insurance
- NRMA Insurance – offers a Strata Title Insurance policy in NSW that covers shared homes with liablity cover for renters and contents insurance for personal contents.
- Budget Direct – low-priced insurance for the home, car or travel.
- Money Manager – great for comparing personal loans, credit cards, banks and accounts.
- Ausome Finance – a money-management resource that provides great tips on how best to save plus links to good insurers and banks.
- Artog – compares gas and electricity plans for your home, so you get the best price for your level of usage.
- Energy Watch – can advise you of the best plan for gas and electricity, or compare to your existing plan.
- Broadband Guide – can help you get your home connected with the best Internet plan.
- RLC Share Housing Survival Guide – this guide gives a broad outline of tenancy rights for NSW in plain language, but is not intended as a comprehensive manual on tenancy.
- Dept. of Fair Trading – NSW Government site that provides advice and support about dispute resolution and renting best practice.
- Tenants Act – provides information on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
- Rent Australia – provides overall advice on rights for tenants in Australia, plus state-based advice.
- Rent A Home - Find holiday rentals and serviced apartments. Choose from budget to luxury accommodation in city, suburb and beachside locations.
- Student Accommodation - nationwide portal that list student accommodation services by state.
- Ready Rooms – provides great specials and last minute deals on hotel rooms around the country.
- Gay Share Accommodation & Flatmates – A gay and lesbian share accommodation service.
- HolidayCity Sydney Hotels and Accommodation – Reservation for Sydney hotels, accommodation, and apartments at discounted rates.
Other useful resources
- Find the right course for you – Search a comprehensive database of courses and scholarships throughout Australia.
- Car Hire – Rent a car through ezhirecar.com.au. Compare rates between all the major car hire companies including Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Budget to find the best car hire deal.
- Self-Storage Association – lets you search multiple self-storage providers to give you the best quote.
- CitySearch – helps you find the right bars, restaurants and other entertainment in your neighbourhood.
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