Things to Consider When Choosing a Place to Live

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Finding a new place to call home might be overwhelming to many. After all, moving to a new location is widely considered as one of the biggest life events – a personal milestone, if you will.

To help you make a wise choice, here are the top three questions you should ask.

Does it have access to basic needs?

Aside from shelter (which you are currently looking for), consider these other basic needs:

Safety and Healthcare

Can the police verify that this neighbourhood has a low crime rate? In the case of an emergency, will I have somewhere to go?

Water and Sanitation

Does it have a good water storage facility and access to clean water? If it does not, you can always consider getting a storage tank from firms such as Devan Plastics.


Is there a nearby grocery store? What about fast food and restaurant options? Better yet, can I grow my own food through a vegetable garden?

Check the things mentioned above, and you are off to a good start.

Can you afford it?

We do not just mean affording the exact space you want to live in. We are talking about real estate value: Do you plan to stay here for the rest of your life? Maybe you are planning to stay only for a couple of years. If so, will this property be resealable in the end?

Consider also the cost of living in that area – keep in mind that the price of a McDonald’s meal in New Zealand is different from the price of a McDonald’s meal in Dubai.

Is it near work?

Following affordability, consider nearby employment opportunities as well. When asking this question, do not just think about your current work. Instead, ask yourself: will this new area have access to a lot of good money making opportunities in different fields? Because in the long run, you might end up wanting a career change.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a new place to live. However, it is always best to prioritise the three mentioned above. Other things to consider – like the look and feel of your new home – can all just follow once you have settled.