Moving can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. There are so many options when choosing where to live. I often meet people who are overwhelmed when deciding where to move, especially if they are moving for the first time. Follow these simple steps to an easier way to choose your home:
1. Set your budget. Everyone has a budget. Determine how much you can afford to spend on rent and how much you are willing to spend. Remember, advertised rents often do not include utility costs. Utilities will be a separate expense. Begin your search within your budget.
2. Next, make a list of what features you would like within your new home. List according to importance to you. Think about room sizes, appliances, parking, location, etc. Here is my list:
- minimum of 2 bedrooms
- washer/dryer or washer/dryer hook up
- storage/closet space
- hardwood floors
- large kitchen
- linen closet in bathroom
When choosing your home, keep in mind that it is unlikely to have everything on your list. Remember what the most important features are to you. My new home does not have everything on my list but it does have the most important features, and I love my new place!
Schedule a tour and pick your favorite! Good luck!