For any of a wide variety of reasons, you have made the decision, to move or relocate, but you undergo, the rather normal response, which is fear. Whether this is fear of the unknown, or fear of making the wrong choice, you realize you must make an important personal decision, in as wise a way, as possible. Remember there is no, one – size – fits – all, rule, for doing this, because each of us, have certain preferences, priorities, needs, etc. Since, for most people, one’s home is the single biggest asset, we possess, and because most of us seek a place to live, where we are comfortable, happy and meets our needs, lets look at how TYPES should assist us, in making the best choice, for us.
1. Transportation: How convenient is the location you are looking at? How important is convenience to public transportation, to you? For example, where I live, in Long Island, New York, a large number of individuals, use the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), to commute to work in New York City (Manhattan). The branch or line, we are on, in my area, is one of the only ones, with a direct (don’t have to switch) route, to the city. This is both convenient and reduces hassle and wasting time. How close to this is good for you, without it being too close? Remember, no matter how much you like a home, if it doesn’t meet your transportation/ commuting needs, you will probably end up, not being especially happy/ pleased!
2. You: What are your likes, dislikes, priorities? Which is nice to have, versus a priority, essential/ necessary? Is there something particular, you must have, to enjoy living in a particular house, in a particular area/ location? Consider your personal perspective thoroughly, because no matter how much others might like it, or what a good deal it might be, if you won’t be happy, it’s not the house for you!
3. Priorities; plans: What are your priorities in terms of both a particular house, as well as location and area? Do you seek a quiet area, or one which has lots of hustle and bustle? Look around the immediate neighborhood, as well as nearby, and ask yourself, Can I see myself living in that house, and being happy and satisfied? Do you anticipate any major changes or plans, which might alter these priorities (for example, a changing job, or family considerations, etc)?
4. Entertainment; excitement: How much (or little) entertainment do you seek, and what type? How near to that, must you be? Is the area energetic or exciting enough, to meet your needs? This includes theater, movies, shows, restaurants, community activities, etc.
5. Schools; safety: If you have, or anticipate having a family, and plan to send your children to public schools, check out the school system, to see how its rated, and whether it meets your needs and expectations. Is the area safe, in terms of crime rates, and in both real and perceived terms?
These are just some additional factors one should consider, when looking at potential homes, to buy. Remember to look at the TYPES.