Choosing the right house can be a tricky proposition.
That’s especially true if it’s your first time looking for a house. You may not be used to the act of coordinating with roommates and figuring out a budget and all of that at the same time. It can be confusing and distressing. That said, let us give you some tips for handling that.
- Relax – a relaxed state of mind is a fluid state of mind. You’re going to have a lot of things thrown at you all at once. You’re going to have to move, you’re going to have to pack and get unpacked, and you’re going to be doing this around the plans of several people who were strangers up until this moment. The way you plan things out may not work, and you’ll need to be ready to adapt if that happens.
- Know What You Want - you’re going to be signing a contract to live in a place for roughly a year or so. It’s going to be a bad year if you don’t get the house that you want. So work with your roommates on this very thing. Figure out what you need to be comfortable and enjoy the house, and negotiate.
- The Neighborhood - GoRenter does not believe in setting up tenants in bad neighborhoods. But there’s a big difference between a bunch of college kids and families, and between families and old folks. You have to figure out what you want to live with.
- Rent - this is a big one if you’ve never rented a place before. You are going to be responsible for paying a substantial amount of money every month. This will be what you do. You want to get used to that routine, and you do not want to be late.
- Relax - seriously. It’s a house. You pay rent on it, and you get to live with people who are awesome. Hopefully. It’s not worth losing sleep over.