Here in the States we view moving in primarily two ways – either it is a necessity, because your current lease expires and we don’t want to renew it, or it is a desired upgrade. Whatever the case however, no one wants to downgrade from their current place. So whether or not you want to move doesn’t matter – if you have to, you would at least want to be to someplace better.
However, there are a lot of mistakes that people make when they start choosing a new place to live. Sometimes that’s because of the whole rush of the process. But often it is because people just don’t know better. So before you go and fill your plastic moving boxes, make sure to not fall prey to these mistakes.
Going For Insufficient Room Size
If you are looking at places without furniture, they will probably appear much bigger than they are. This can be bad, because then you cannot really judge whether or not they will be big enough for your stuff. For example, you may end up cramming your nice big sofa into a living room that cannot handle it together with your 55” TV and coffee table.
Alternatively you may have a kingsize bed, but the bedroom size may actually suit a queensize one much better. The best way to go around this mistake is by taking a tape ruler with you, so you can actually measure things up!
Getting Too Hyped Up
Seeing new places can be exciting. The moving process itself is a bit dull and overwhelming, but actually looking at a new home – this can turn your excitement to 11. However, this is worse than you think. Why? Because when you are excited, you do not think clearly.
This is a problem, because choosing your place to live should not be a light decision. You should not settle for something that is marginally better than you current home. It may even be worse in some regards. So how do you battle that hype? Just get yourself a sheet of paper and write down what you want in your future apartment. Does the one you are looking at meet the criteria? Does it at least pass your current place of living? If so, go on!
Failing To Do Your Research
We know that moving takes up a lot of your time. It can actually be much worse if you have no idea where to start. But one thing that you should definitely not forget doing is researching the neighborhood. You may find a perfect place, with the rent being super low, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
But hey, maybe the neighborhood is good and all. However, is it sufficient? Does it have all the utilities and services that you need? Do you have to travel an hour to get to your favorite gym? These are the things that you have to take into account.
We hope you have a great move without making any of these mistakes.