Times of transition in our lives can be both stressful and exciting. People today have more options than people did in previous generations when it comes to decisions like where to live. Whereas in the past most people remained within a limited geographical area, today people feel no such limitation. What city or state you want to live in, even what country you want to live in are now valid questions for the current generation and younger generations. The seemingly limitless options presented to many young people today often come with stress related to uncertainty. If you’re stressed at the prospect of moving to a new place, you aren’t alone. The good news for you is that as technology has allowed you to move to a new location it has also provided more information than ever before that can help you in the moving process. Part of the reason this process is considered stressful is that it is actually a series of smaller processes. So, one way to make moving less stressful is to stop thinking of it as “moving” and start thinking about each individual step involved in moving, and tackle them one at a time. To get you thinking in this direction, here are a few of those steps.
Perhaps the whole reason you’re making a move is because you landed a new dream job. If that’s the case, then congratulations—you can skip over this step. Many others, however, don’t yet have the job that will make the move to a new place a success. Because the job search can be the most stressful part of the moving process, it can be tempting to skip over it and focus on other things, like those things listed later on in this list. Most successful people will tell you, however, that it can be beneficial to tackle the toughest task on the list first. Once you have your job lined up, the rest of the process can fall into place automatically, as if by magic. Part of this is because the burden of the job search being lifted allows you to better focus your energy, but part of it is due to the logistical reality that getting a job helps elucidate other search factors like what area you should live in (within a certain radius of your office, unless you work remotely) and how much you should spend on housing (definitely less than what you make!).
Once you have a job lined up and are trying to decide where to live, it can be helpful to do some introspective thinking about your priorities. What is it important that you live closest to: your job, other people your age, the grocery store? Thinking about these things first will give you a sense of what it will be worth to you to live in a certain area.
Many people realize that they need roommates to satisfy the economic and lifestyle requirements of their housing situation. While the roommate search can be stressful, it helps to think of it as an investment. The more time spent on the search for a good roommate, the less likely you are to have problems once everyone is moved in. Factors to consider when looking for a roommate include their economic situation, their lifestyle and your general personal compatibility.
If your financial situation dictates that you’re going to need a roommate or multiple roommates, it is ill-advised to purchase or sign a rental agreement for a house or apartment before you find the roommates. Scrambling to find a roommate after the fact limits your ability to make a thoughtful, successful decision. If you already have a job, know the area you need to live in and even have one or two potential roommates lined up, then you can begin the apartment search from a position of strength. Housing and apartment rental search engines and mobile apps can help you quickly find an apartment specific to your price and size requirements. Newspaper classified ads and word of mouth can also be effective ways to find a good apartment.
My name is Wayne Gathright and I write for Tenants.com.