Why do you have to move
Why move Because it's better to live !? 7 questions, 7 answers
Much has been recommended here about the many details in an upcoming move that is to be carried out. How do I organize the move correctly, what must I take with me, who will help me, what does it cost to have fun and where can I get the right helpers? Lots of questions, lots of answers.
At this point I would like to look at the topic of moving from a completely different perspective. I start well before the actual move. Namely in the search for the really suitable future home for humans and (maybe also) animals.
You have made yourself comfortable in your usual four walls, everything seems good and yet in almost every life there is at some point a reason to give up your previously inhabited apartment and look for happiness elsewhere. These reasons can be very complex. Often it is professional changes, for example in the place of work, that force you to move, just as often it is changes in the size of the family. It is not uncommon for you to have to move because you no longer feel really comfortable in your familiar living environment, are looking for a change, rents are becoming more expensive or a general renovation is pending. Whatever the reasons for moving, ultimately you will strive to improve somehow.
What can be improved when moving?
First and foremost, the feeling of wellbeing should improve. This applies to the size of the apartment as well as the spatial layout, the floor, the living environment or the rent including ancillary costs. The situation is sometimes not as simple as it is said here. How do you know that you really feel more comfortable in your new apartment? What about the neighborhood and can I really put my furniture the way I really want it myself? Before moving, many questions arise with regard to the new apartment, which actually only have to be weighed up against the current living situation. In addition, the choice on the housing market is already limited and so certain restrictions have to be taken into account by nature.
How do I find the right apartment?
Certainly not, or only rarely by chance. There are many ways of finding a new, suitable apartment. It ranges from the advertisement in the newspaper to providers and search queries on the Internet to personal recommendations or accidental discoveries while traveling. If you really want to improve, you should not just rely on one offer, but use all possibilities as possible.
Basically, of course, it must be clarified beforehand what demands are made on both the apartment and the living environment. A beautiful apartment is only half good if the surroundings are not right. This logic also applies the other way round.
So check whoever binds himself forever, whether something better can be found! (Image: © Evgeny Atamanenko - shutterstock.com)
How do I know that the new apartment is exactly the right one for me?
This question can not be answered generally. Location and price certainly always play an important role, but whether I will get my dream apartment for it remains open. Especially when looking for apartments on the internet, the pictures are always the first impressions, which are often not confirmed in reality. Even if the broker tries very hard to talk about weak points nicely, you shouldn't get involved. The decision will be best if you have fallen in love with your new domicile at first glance and the environment is right. If vacant apartments are still occupied, try to talk to the current tenants.
How should I know if the environment is right?
Find the address of the possible new apartment and take a long walk there. Take a look at the neighbors, the infrastructure and perhaps also the specific location of your future apartment. Repeat such walks at different times of the day and, preferably, in different weather. Then you will also know where the sun rises and sets, how the neighborhood is “knitted”, where shops, parking spaces and other important factors for the surrounding area can be found. Actually, you should only plan a concrete inspection of the apartment after such impressions.
In many cases, however, the problem here is the question of time. Interesting rental or purchase offers are usually not only of interest to you. Your dream apartment may be gone quickly, even before you can really get used to the idea of moving. Then it is a matter of taking your time to look further and, if possible, not to be put under time pressure. After all, you want to live in your new apartment for a few years and be completely satisfied with it.
When should I doubt?
Usually when rentable apartments or houses have been available on the housing market for a very long time. Then you can assume that many potential tenants or buyers have already seen the apartment or house, but have not been able to commit themselves for various reasons. So feel free to ask the owner how long the offer has been available and why there may have been no suitable prospects for a long time. If the landlord or seller is honest, you can draw some conclusions for your own decision here.
What if it has to be done very quickly?
Then you must take what you can get. However, if the trade-offs in your expectations outweigh the advantages, you should possibly be prepared for the fact that you may not stay long in such an apartment. So, if possible, adapt the rental agreement accordingly and set it up practically, but not for a long time. Sooner or later you will usually find an apartment in the area that ultimately suits you better. The “temporary living” option may be the right decision here.
The same applies to the living conditions: So check who is bound forever, whether something better can be found!
Top picture: © Goodluz - shutterstock.com
About Olaf Hoffmann
Olaf Hoffmann is the creative and leading mind behind the company Straight ahead ... the consultants.
In addition to advising small and medium-sized companies and private individuals in situations of change, Olaf Hoffmann is active in advanced training in the field of child and youth welfare.
As an author for numerous blogs and websites, he shines with an often captivating clarity or a playful ironic to sarcastic streak. Whether factual text, blog post or descriptive content - the work of the author Olaf Hoffmann has enriched the German-speaking Internet in a variety of forms since 2008.
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