When you move out of your old place, you are haunted by the faults of your previous home. It pushes you to hope, to look for something better. It is hard to find a house that ticks all the boxes. It is about finding the balance between settling for whatever there is and yearning for the perfect upgrade.
If you find yourself confused with what you are looking for, here are three guidelines to help you navigate house hunting:
1. Is it in a location that is accessible?
There are three ways you can break down the location of the house: 1) is it near work, 2) is it near public transportation, and 3) is it near stores. Being near work allows you to have extra minutes of sleep on a regular workday without being late.
If you cannot find a location close to work, or you do not like the neighbourhood, look for houses near public transportation. Even if you have a car, being near public transportation allows you to make your way through the city in case it breaks down. It also makes it easy for family and friends (especially those who do not have cars) to come over and visit.
The last factor of location is the stores. It is essential to have a pharmacy, grocery, or convenience store nearby. Shopping at businesses close by is the most comfortable setup. The benefit of having these stores nearby is that when you are feeling poorly, you can quickly purchase medicine and food.
2. Can it accommodate you and your group?
The second thing you can look at is how well the space could accommodate you. When looking at the fit of the home, consider who you are going to live with: are you living with a partner? Do you have children? Are you caring for your parents? Are you with siblings? Are you going to get a roommate? Identify the people who will be with you; it can help you look for setups with varying degrees of privacy. If you are living with your children or partner, sharing rooms is normal, so you might enquire about one to two-bedroom homes.
The second thing you should check is how many people will be living with you. It helps you identify how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need. For large families of five members or more, you might look into large houses to rent that have two to three bathrooms. You can also use the number of people to gauge how much of the kitchen will be utilised.
3. Are there specific features?
The first two questions already narrow everything down considerably (fitting into your budget is already a given), the last part is for any special considerations. You can break it down further to needs and wants. Your needs are features like wheelchair ramps and elevators for assistance, a balcony for pets, and soundproofed walls for musicians. That list shows how ‘needs’ can vary depending on your lifestyle. If the place doesn’t have it, look elsewhere.
Your wants are the things that you can consider as your upgrades. They need not be expensive wants like a pool or garden. They can be as simple as a bigger bedroom, more storage, and more natural light.
Answering these questions can sort out any confusing feelings brought about regarding lovely homes that promise an ideal lifestyle. A house alone cannot bring about that big of a lifestyle change, so do not be dazzled by them.