It can be a tricky prospect trying to navigate through everything required to complete a move from start to finish. Every single person who has ever hunted for an apartment or a new home knows the stress involved. Here are some helpful tips to keep stress levels down during the process.
- Must-haves and deal breakers
The best way to avoid undue stress in a move is start off knowing exactly what you’re looking for in a new place. Sit down and make a list of must-haves and deal breakers. This makes the decision of yay or nay much easier and helps in finding a place that won’t bring you a mountain of regret later down the road.
- Do research
Always fill up on information ahead of time. The more you know about a location the better. Research areas that could create unpleasant sounds and smells, such as freeway noise, schools, stadiums, waste treatment facilities, factories, etc..
- Some things can’t be controlled.
Sometimes we don’t have control over where we get to move and when. And that’s ok. If the decision has already been made you just have to let go and move on. Also understand that not everything goes to plan, there will always be something that goes wrong and you just have to “roll with the punches” as they say.
- Be thorough.
Always be sure to check out everything. Plumbing, foundation, insulation. Etc.. No concern is too little. This goes back to #2 the more information the better.
- Bring a friend along.
Try to bring a friend or family member along when house hunting or looking for apartments. Hopefully they will have helpful advice or spot things you may have missed.
- Go with your gut.
If something about the place, landlord, or area feels off to you then listen to your instincts. We know it’s Cliché to talk about Spidey senses but if you get some strong vibes that you’re being scammed or lied to about something, then listen to those feelings.
It never hurts your position when renting or buying to try to negotiate terms. You could end up saving you money or getting you a better deal overall.
- Read and understand your contract.
It really goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway. Absolutely, positively, read and understand every detail of a contract. The details in a lease agreement or mortgage really do matter. If anything was discussed verbally and is not present in the contract, make sure you get it in writing.
- Know your rights
This is really only applies to those people who are renting but it’s important enough to mention. You have to know your rights as a tenant. Tenant laws vary from state to state but most are freely available on the internet.
- Don’t take it too seriously
There’s really no reason to take things too seriously. This is more of a life tip than anything else and will help you keep stress levels down in general but it also applies in this situation. Try to have fun with the process and don’t take it too seriously.
Whether you are moving into a rent-to-own home, apartment, or newly purchased home we wish you a stress free move!