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When looking for a new place to live, what is important to you?

Asked by burntbonez (5194 points ) December 7th, 2012

What criteria do you have in mind? How much are you willing to do to try to find what you want? What sacrifices will you make?

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Symbeline's avatar

My main concern is that the place isn’t falling apart, and that everything works fine. Plumbing, locks…sounds stupid, but I’ve seen terrible places…I don’t really care where in the city it’s situated, or what kind of people live around, although if possible, I will try to pick an area of town I’m more or less familiar with. But yeah, my main concern is that it’s not a hellhole lol.

Talking here for apartments, I’ve never owned a house.

Gabby101's avatar

Personal safety is something I won’t sacrifice. Area has to be relatively safe and house should be secure (good locks, etc.). In a house, I must have a security system. I guess I’ve watched to many crime shows…

chyna's avatar

Move in ready. If I have to update things later, that’s fine, but if I have to put a new kitchen or bathroom in to make it liveable, it’s a big no.
I want to have a garage.
I don’t want my neighbors to be so close that I can spit on them from my porch. Must have a yard for my dog.

jonsblond's avatar

A kitchen that is open to the dining and living area, wood floors, a bathroom with room for two people to stand in, and no immediate neighbors. We lived in a house for 16 years that had a galley kitchen with no windows (the kitchen was so tiny and dark), one tiny bathroom and a neighbor’s driveway that was 15ft from our bedroom window. I will do everything in my power to not live in a house like that again.

A good school system and park system nearby is also important to me.

Coloma's avatar

Peaceful surroundings, no crime, no out of control barking dogs, no nosy neighbors, and privacy.
Why I live on 5 acres in the hills where I never lock my house, day or night, the keys stay in the cars ignition at all times and I have a ranch gate I can close. lol

marinelife's avatar

It depends on where I am in life. For retirement, I am looking for a small city with a robust economy, good (low) cost of living, and pleasant climate.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have the perfect house right now, except it’s no where near the ocean. If I could live near the ocean, I would really lower my expectations regarding the amount of room I need.

jehnstewart's avatar

Here are three important questions to ask yourself when searching for a new place:

1. Do I want to live in close proximity to my neighbors?
Apartment complexes are great ways to meet people and make friends, so they’re great for sociable tenants. However, if you prefer your privacy, perhaps a detached condo or private room in a house would be more suitable for you.
2. Do I want just a room to live in, or do I want extras as well?
Places like Amanda Place Apartments, which are centrally located in Chico, offer tenants a number of amenities, including exercise facilities, parking, pool and spa, and units fully equipped with appliances.
3. Do I want to live alone, or do I want to share an apartment?
It might be fun to live with a friend or an acquaintance and serve as a great way to meet new people. However, many people require their own space.

WestRiverrat's avatar

When I step out on the porch and shoot at the coyotes running down the street will anyone complain. That goes for both the two legged coyotes as well as the four legged ones.

Unbroken's avatar

I have done plenty of apartment shopping and living my list has gotten longer and shorter etc.
An absolute must for me is cat friendly and has plumbing. In the town I live in there are a lot of dry cabins or ones where you have to have water delivered or haul it. Not fun on an ordinary day but at -30 and less I don’t want to run outside to use an outhouse. i don’t care how nice it is. Of course these have a tendency to be more pet friendly. Also you get a lower quality place for more rent no matter how well behaved your fourlegged roomie is.
Oh and no mold. It may not be a health hazard according to anyone else. But it is for me.

From there the list varies a lot. Ideally I hunt for places two months in advance of me moving.

Coloma's avatar

@WestRiverrat Haha….this has been a low Coyote year over here, whew…my cats still live. haha
The other night my neigh-bors got into my yard and I was trying to lead a very stubborn mule back through my easement gate with my bathrobe sash at 11 o’ clock.
“Hillary” the monster 17 hand Thoroughbred mule was not budging, along with her pal “Dove” a Buckskin muley girl. I gave up, closed my gates and let them tromp around and graze on my lawn til morning. lol

jaytkay's avatar

In my urban setting, north-south streets are better than east-west streets.

You get more sun.

AshLeigh's avatar

No psycho neighbors. No psycho roommates. Very reliable heat source, since this is Alaska.
Other than that, my mom and I aren’t that picky.

AshlynM's avatar

New construction, my main issue is storage space. Needs to have laundry inside the place. Gas stove. Nice looking counter tops, doesn’t have to be granite, good sized kitchen, big enough for two people to move around comfortably, bath tub in at least one bathroom, would prefer hard wood floor or tiles throughout the entire place.

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hearkat's avatar

Safe, quiet neighborhood, fairly close to grocery store; cat-friendly, washer and dryer are a MUST for me, as is gas stove and furnace; city water (as opposed to well water) is high on the list, and a garage would be nice.

jca's avatar

Safe area and parking. Now that I have a child, the school system would be important, most of all. Luckily, where I live now has all of those things and I’ll probably live here until I’m in a nursing home.

Shippy's avatar

A nice view.

Highbrow's avatar

Although it’s my parents who always decided things for me so far, when I’ll be older enough to purchase a home or even to rent one I’ll pay peculiar attention for greater or lesser things and details to consider when looking for a new place to live, which are respectively :

1)First : Location. With gas prices skyrocketing, location may be my number one priority when looking for a new house or apartment for the fall. Not only do I want to save gas, but if I can get home without having to drive it also means I can drink as much as I want downtown and not worry about DUIs. I’d be well-advised to ook for a pad either within walking distance or near a bus or subway station.
2)Second : Neighbors. My view is that some of the worst horror stories people often experience from living in apartments come from having terrible neighbors. Just imagine one night they’re cooking something that smells inedible and the next they’re calling the cops on you for turning up the bass too loud. To avoid this from happening, I’ll scope out the neighborhood.
3) Third : Amenities. I’m from the school that says it’s always useful to make a list of what you are expecting out of an apartment or house before I’ll start looking.
4) Fourth : Price. Although finding a price that I’ll be able to afford later on is a fundamental, I’m most likely going to be living there for at least a year and coming back to a dismal home after a day of classes and work is not going to make me feel that good about life. I believe finding someplace towards the top of my price bracket so at least I have a sanctuary from all the things life throws at me. Plus, dates aren’t going to be impressed with anything too dark, dirty, or depressing. I honestly think that the key is to balance your needs with your finances. If I can do that I’m going to have a good time come moving day.

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