You’ve just finished university, you’ve spent the past few years living with your friends but now you have a dilemma – they’re moving to other parts of the country and you’ve landed a job where you are and so you’re staying put. So what do you do?
Whatever your situation, there are a few things to consider.
Firstly, consider the area where you live right now. Do you like it? Has it got everything you need to live without the comfort your previous housemates provided? Can you afford to stay in the area or can you afford to maybe live somewhere nicer?
Secondly, consider where you might want to be. If you have a job in town but you currently live outside of town, could it be worth moving closer? It would certainly save on travel costs and the convenience of being close to the place where you will likely spend five days a week could be something you’d grow to love. Or vice versa, you might live in town and might fancy being away from the “hustle and bustle” of it all on your days off.
You might also need to consider who you are living with. It sounds basic but if you are, say, moving in with a partner for the first time, you may have different criteria of housing needs compared to when you did not live with them.
A final factor to consider is the longevity of your stay. If you are a student and have been in rented accommodation for the duration of your studies, it is highly likely that you will have resided in different houses for a period of a year at a time. This time, you will probably be looking to rent for the time being with a long term view to saving up to eventually purchase your own property. Taking advantage of six month contracts (which most rented properties will have) is a good method of ensuring you have a place to live, but don’t have to give an awful lot of notice should a good purchasing opportunity arise.
Once you have considered these factors, you can also factor in the smaller details such as parking, spare bedrooms etc. Perhaps the most important factor which you will likely consider at all times of the decision making process is the pure fact that you want wherever you live to feel “homely” to you. At the end of the day, moving house is a lot to think about, especially if your situation is changing slightly to something which you are not used to, but considering it logically will ensure you get a place that suits you and you feel comfortable in.