I have lived in apartment buildings for all of my adult life. That is 12 years of living in a space smaller than 1,000 square feet. I have really enjoyed living on my own and learning how to be an adult in my own space and using my own hard-earned money to furnish the place. When you decide to transition from an apartment to a house, there are a few things you should know. Here are some tips to remember:
- Watch the neighborhood for other sales – If you live in a city where you have time to be cautious and homes aren’t getting swooped up one week after they go on the market, check the neighborhood for other sales. If a house nearby sells for less, it might decrease the value of the house you are looking at. On the other hand, if a neighboring house is listed higher, you might want to act quickly before it sells.
- Don’t worry about furnishing a larger place – If you are moving from an apartment to a house, chances are you will be gaining a lot more square footage. Do not worry about furnishing the whole space right away. Come up with budget for your new home and make a long-term plan for furnishing your home with items you love and will keep forever. The first year, you will be getting to know your new house and things will break. Take care of these things first before you go and buy that 70″ television.
- Check out the surrounding areas – I live in the city of Albuquerque, which is fairly affordable compared to larger cities like Denver. However, if I wanted to get even more for my money, I don’t have to travel very far. That is why I am looking at homes for sale in Rio Rancho NM. This suburb is only a 15 minute drive from where I currently live and still close to all the places I love going in the city. Rio Rancho is a little quieter and a great place I would like to settle down.
- Don’t cut your apartment lease too short – Buying a house can have many unforeseen circumstances. You don’t want to end up without a place to live, so do not try to get out of your lease too early. Leave a little buffer room and this will give you peace of mind.
Most of all, remember to have fun! This is an exciting, yet stressful, transition from an apartment to a house, but one that is the start of a new chapter in your life. Bring your new neighbors some baked goods to introduce yourself. Have a housewarming party for family and friends. Put up some personal photos and mementos right away to truly make it your home. No matter the steps you take, it will all work out in the end. Good luck!