Moving Somewhere New? Vet Your Potential Spaces and Landlords

If you’re moving to a new location, whether it’s with your family or just by yourself, there are a tremendous number of stressful decisions and events that are going to happen. These are necessarily going to be bad events or good events, but when you change where you live a huge amount of how your life is going to function on a day to day (and night to night) basis is going to go through quite a transformation.

And to make sure that transformation is going to be in a positive direction, one of the best things that you can do prior to moving is vet your new space and new landlord, as applicable. There are several steps that you can do with this goal in mind, including finding out who is officially in charge of the new space, if there are any reviews of this new home or apartment, visiting and getting a good sensory overview, thinking in at least a medium-term outlook (though all four seasons), and even considering the ‘green factor’ of your new living environment.

The more attention that you pay to these separate issues before you actually move, the easier your transition is going to be. In addition, if you find some sort of a deal-breaker with those considerations, you’re saving yourself a lot of frustration later as well.

Who’s In Charge Of Your Space?

Sometimes is won’t matter who is in charge of your space, and sometimes it will. If it’s an up-and-coming real estate broker with a positive vision for the future, that’s a definite plus. If it’s someone who is shady, unavailable, or known for any sort of undesirable actions in the past regarding quality of life issues, than you may want to look elsewhere. In neighborhoods that are changing, having a good owner of the property or house can make all the difference in the world in terms of long-term happiness in a space.

What Are the Reviews Like?

If you’re moving into some type of community or complex, what are the reviews like? There are a number of public review sites that you can look at where you can get honest reviews from different people about different places, and though there are always going to be outliers in any system, if the general vibe of a place is positive or negative, you can use that to help in your decision making process.

Use Your Senses When You Visit

You should always visit a place before moving there – that goes without saying. But when you do visit, try not to get too caught up in your head. Use your senses to really observe what living there would be like. Is there any issue with noise? Are the windows going to let the right light in? Do you smell mold or mildew? Is there are way to control the temperature and humidity to create an environment you’re willing to live in? The more questions you ask, and the deeper you sense the place, the better you’ll be able to make your call whether this is a viable option or not.

Think About All Seasons

And seasons most certainly change, which means the place you’re moving into isn’t going to be the same as it is when you visit for one day. In areas where there are four distinct seasons, there may be lots of factors for you to consider regarding things like the bills for heating and cooling, and if all of the doors and windows can be sealed, and if there are seasonal changes in traffic outside. All of these are important factors!

What’s the Green Factor Involved?

And for many people moving to new locations these days, environmentalism is a concern. Is the new place you’re moving into considered green? Are the landowners concerned with recycling, reusing, and otherwise saving resources? Are energy-efficient appliances in use, or is there a solar power option, or maybe even landscaping that promotes balanced living with the environment? Once again, your moral and logical compasses are going to tell you the difference between a place that is going to work, with compromises, or a place that doesn’t make your short list.

Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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