Before you rush into the idea of relocating to live in Italy permanently, or before you rush off and commit to a property purchase, it can be advantageous and make a great deal of sense to think about renting property in Italy first.

By renting before you relocate or buy a property of your own you can learn far more about what living in Italy is like, you can determine in which region you want to live or own a home, and you can get to grips with Italian ways without having the additional strain of your own home in Italy and the likely associated stresses weighing you down.

If you are thinking about living in Italy in retirement or perhaps relocating with family and getting a job in one of the Italian cities, it really does make sense to commit to the country in small stages.  Begin by renting a property in a region or town/city/suburb that you are initially attracted to and find out whether your life is as you expected it to be.

Alternatively, if you’re thinking of buying property in Italy and you have your heart set on a location, why not rent there first, travel more of the country, explore Italy from a rental property and ensure that your heart does indeed lie in Italy and that it does indeed lie in a property in your chosen region.

Renting property in Italy gives you time.  Time to think, time to explore, time to gauge whether life in Italy really is what you want.  It also gives you time to network, meet useful people who can help you find a house to buy more easily when the time comes.  Renting a home can help you meet people, these people may become friends.  Renting a house can help you become used to a given community and this can help you determine whether you want to make your home there more permanent or not.

Above all else, renting a property in Italy will give you a chance to try before you buy – buy in to the Italian way of life and buy a property of your own.

Short-term rental accommodation is very easy to find out of peak summer season.  All the tourism lets will be available to you as furnished dwellings which you can rent for a few weeks or perhaps a couple of months.  Longer term lets will be available but will probably come unfurnished, and long-term rental accommodation with contracts available for more than a year is very hard to come by furnished.

If you do decide to rent, why not take a tourism rental property out of summer season – this will give you a chance to rent somewhere furnished and well kitted out so that you don’t have to worry about transporting personal belongings with you to Italy.  Taking such a property out of season will also let you assess whether you can cope with living in Italy in the winter when the sun doesn’t shine every day and when many of the favoured tourism hotspots become very quiet and even deserted.

Taking time to determine whether a move into the Italian real estate market and/or a move into the Italian way of life suits you can be more easily achieved by renting property in Italy first…