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13 Questions to Ask Yourself to Find the Perfect Home

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Finding the perfect living situation can be an extremely daunting for anyone. There are several factors to consider when deciding the type of living situation that you want to commit to. Should you rent Is it better to buy or rent? For a single woman the thought of attempting to own a home may be daunting, but it might be the best decision for you. The decision to rent or own depends on many factors. Below I have listed several things you should consider when trying to decide whether renting or owning is right for you.

Whether you want to test the waters in an apartment before you buy, think you might have to relocate in a few years, or simply do not want to put down the large down payment to own, renting is always a readily available option.

Use this checklist of questions and considerations to make picking the perfect living situation a pain-free experience.

Questions to Ask Yourself & Things to Consider
1. How strong is your desire to own your own home?
2. Do you need more space?
3. Do you need or want to be closer to your job, school or family?
4. How much of a down payment is required if you are looking to rent?
5. How locked in are you if you change your mind?
6. What will it cost you to get out of the deal?
7. How long will it take to accumulate enough of a down payment that you are likely to qualify for a mortgage?
8. Remember: homes can fluctuate in value. This can be a positive or negative aspect of renting instead of owning, but definitely needs to be taken into consideration. Look into rent to own options and see if it is one that may work for you.
9. Fiddo is as much a member of the family as anyone else. Are you able to have pets in the apartments that you are interested in? If so, is there a fee?
10. How are the internet reviews of the places and areas that you are considering? In today’s technology driven society, there is more information than ever right at your fingertips. You can see first-hand what tenants and people in the neighborhood are saying. Make use of this information.
11. Are you handy enough to fix minor repair issues? If not you may want to look into staying somewhere where the apartment manager or maintenance person lives onsite.
12. Do you have a car or bike that you need parking for? Check to see the policy and parking arrangement situation. Parking can get pretty pricey depending on where you live.
13. Do you like making extreme changes to the places you live to add your own personal flair? Be sure to check the alteration policy before signing a lease.

Remember: it’s easier than you may think to turn what may seem like a not-so-perfect living situation into the home of your dreams. Stay positive, do your research and you’ll be on your way to having the living situation that fits all of your needs.

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