20/07/2015

House Hunting - Where To Start?


Are you moving to a new city for work or study? Looking for a flat that can either be hit or miss can be exhausting. Over the year I worked out my list of things to take into consideration during the search for a perfect apartment. More about my flat hunting story you can read here.  



In some cities finding a place is easier than in others. Take this into consideration when you want to move. I doubt that you can find amazing flat in New York in a week. Unless of course if you are extremely lucky or price does not matter. Usually I give myself a month minimum as price still matters and I do not count for much luck. However the older I get, the fussier I become so I need more time. 

When I will be looking for next flat that I would like to stay for over 6 months I probably will start two months in advance. Previous tenants also have usually a month before vacating an apartment.
Give yourself time to check what is happening on the market at the moment. August and September might be quite busy due to increased amount of students looking for a place to stay. Sometimes it might be worth it to rent a room for some time and then look for a different flat a little bit later for example when students are graduating and moving away.



It is very important to know how much you are willing to pay for an apartment. Spreadsheet with finances helps to break down costs and see if your dream home is in your budget. Organising your finances can be a long and not too exciting process but at the end it will all pay off. Check your net income, what you earn after taxes, against expenses you already have. For more details and examples on how to create your spreadsheet and budget come back next week (27th July) I will add a post dedicated strictly to your budget. If flat is out of your price range don’t waste your time to go and see it. Put this energy into looking for something that you can afford.   


Check the city areas before moving in. Research what areas are safe and check crime statistics. Some areas might be cheaper than others but it might come with increased risks. Personally I prefer to avoid flats that require me to walk through park to get home. At the end of the day I would not want to do an extra mile or two just to avoid place that makes me feel unsafe when I walk back home. 
Ideally I like to go to a neighborhood at different times of a day to check if I still want to live there. Beautiful looking areas throughout the day might give me a different vibe during the night. For more tips and questions you might want to ask yourself before picking the neighborhood check this site on Monday 3rd of August.   
  
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  1. Those are all great tips. I especially like the one about checking the neighbourhood during different times of the day, also to see if activity times clash (let's say you work nights often and during your sleep phase it gets very busy there).

    Have a great day!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. It's good to know what you are getting into. A little bit of research is always beneficial. It saved me from a very friendly looking area that at night was very unpleasant. Thank you for your comment! Have a lovely day, Iga xxx

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    1. I will check your blog! Thank you for your comment! Have a lovely day, Iga xxx

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  3. Great tips! My husband and I are trying to save up for a new home so we will be on the hunt for a new home soon!

    Jessica
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    1. That's exciting Jessica! What sort of home are you looking for? Let's talk dream houses! Iwould not mind sauna - I love it! I could live in a sauna. Thank you for your comment! Have a lovely day, Iga

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  4. These are good tips, it can take a while to find a good place once you start looking.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination
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    1. Hello Tegan, I really adore your name. It sounds so elegant. Thank you for your comment! Have a lovely day, Iga

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