5 Tips for House Hunting Next Year

6 Jan


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This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @ gmail.com.

It’s never too early to start looking for a place to live. This tip is extremely beneficial to college students looking to live off-campus. The last thing you want to do is try to manage getting an education at the same time that you’re looking for somewhere to sleep. You need a place you can be comfortable, but doesn’t require a great deal of maintenance. How do you find a practical place to live for your immediate future?

1. Price Range – Going to college is not only expensive after you graduate and begin paying off student loans, but the immediate needs while you’re in school can be draining on your wallet as well. You need to find a home that is affordable once these expenses begin to accumulate. Many will find solace in living with roommates in order to diminish monthly bills to live a bit less stressed.

2. Location – Ideally, you want a place to live near the college you’re attending. Walking distance can save you a lot of money in travel expenses, such as gas or bus fare. Many landlords will have homes near colleges specifically tailored towards students. Of these, many are based on a month-to-month lease allowing you to vacate the property without fees for breaking the contract.

Night Traffic GIF3. Commuting – If you don’t have a choice but to live outside of the immediate vicinity of the college, at least focus on living near a bus stop or other form of public transportation. Driving your own car back and forth can cost you money, money that could be put to good used towards other expenses like food, rent, or other bills. Carpooling can be ideal if you live near other students where chipping in for gas is less expensive than driving yourself.

4. Settling In – To make the transition into college easier, being settled into your apartment/house can make you feel relaxed and ready to take on the semester. Having your place organized and properly prepared for getting stuff done can be a great relief when returning from school or work. Not having to worry about your house’s needs can greatly reduce your stress and help you be more productive. This is also ideal as many students procrastinate to find a place to live at the last-minute causing housing to be snatched up fairly quickly the closer it gets to the start of the semester.

5. Being Realistic – There may be some sacrifices you will have to make in order to live Castle by H. Raabcomfortably in a new place. Whether this is finding roommates, reduced Internet speeds and other comforts, less time going out, or anything else that can exhaust your funds, you need to be realistic about what you’re going to be able to afford. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary living arrangement as you just need something that is functional for your college lifestyle. Once you’ve graduated, there is nothing to say you can’t find something that is more to your liking when you have more money to spend on housing.

Being prepared for future expenses can help keep you from suffering from credit problems. By getting as much done as you can now, you can attend school without the additional strains that a house/apartment can cause. Procrastinate less and find housing before you are left to settle for less-than-ideal situations or locations in order to put a roof over your head.

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