When you purchase or rent your first place, it’s an exciting time in life. Typically, you are thinking about nothing but the positives, and you dream about the years to come in your space. As time goes by, your family expands, your life changes, your job changes, and your needs evolve so that you reach the point where your current house no longer makes sense. Making the decision to move is a huge thing, but it can pale in comparison to deciding where you want to move to.
For many families out there, a battle exists between moving the family to the city or country. Both are filled with pros and cons, which can make the decision-making process difficult to say the least. Here we’ll take a look at some of the factors worth considering, which will hopefully make the answer much clearer.
Look at What’s Available
The first thing you may want to look into is what’s available on the market. Take a city such as Minneapolis for example, which offers city living apartments and houses, plus a variety of country-esque towns such as Lake Minnetonka surrounding the city. Sometimes it’s the inventory alone that will help you to make a decision, as you may find that the country offers very little in terms of options whereas the city has much more available for sale.
It’s also a good idea to speak to an experienced realtor, such as the ones you’ll find at AD Hays Group. They can give you a list of the current inventory, which can make comparison shopping a whole lot easier.
Make a List of Priorities
Finding a place to live can be pretty difficult when you don’t know what you are looking for. This is why it’s a good idea to make a list of must-haves and priorities. This will help to narrow down the options and help you to be more focused in your search. Maybe your priorities include a large backyard, a two-car garage, public transit within walking distance, shopping and dining nearby, or a good school district.
All of these priorities can then be given to your real estate agent, which will allow them to find matches for you.
What Kind of Lifestyle Do You Want?
City living versus country living is like night and day. It’s a completely different lifestyle, pace, and atmosphere. It can be helpful to spend a little bit of time in each area, even if that means staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast for a few days to get a sense of the atmosphere and lifestyle. One isn’t better than the other, it’s just about what fits your lifestyle and personality.
Ask Yourself the Tough Questions
At the end of the day even with all kinds of research, a set budget, and options to choose from, it really comes down to the type of life you want to build and what you envision for yourself. Asking yourself some tough questions can help you to come to the best answer.