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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 09:05
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It may not bother you who manages the property, but there are some differences between dealing with a landlord and dealing with a property manager. A landlord most likely does something else for a living, while making some money from the rental on the side. So, they might be a bit harder to contact than a property manager, who does that role for a living. That’s not always the case, though.
Because there’s another salary to pay, dealing with a property manager can be more expensive than a landlord. If you’re looking at renting a property through a particular company, ask friends and family if they’ve had any dealings with that company, as the service from property managers can vary a lot.
You’ll need to set up a bunch of accounts for power and phone. Before signing up to anything for your power, check powerswitch.org.nz to find the best deal for you. If you have no idea how much power you’ll use, pick the deal that looks the best for you, and then go back to powerswitch after a few months and make sure it’s right.
You’ll also need to look at setting up phone and internet accounts. Combining your internet and tolls will often save you $10 a month and internet companies like ihug and woosh are starting to offer landline services to replace the likes of telecom and telstraclear.
So, you’re looking at a place – it looks nice, there’s the right number of bedrooms, now what? There are a couple of extra things you should consider when deciding if a place is right for you.