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4 Tips for Finding an Apartment While Building Your First Home

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:19

You are better off building your first home instead of buying it. This is because it will be less costly in the end. However, you can’t move into the house before it’s finished. You have to look for an apartment to accommodate both you and your spouse as the construction goes on. Below are a few strategies that you can use as you look at different apartments:

 

Location

The first thing that you have to consider as you look for an apartment is location. Since you will also be supervising the construction on your site, you have to look for a place that’s close to where you’re building. If it’s possible, find a place that’s a walking distance from where you’re building. That way, you can save on fuel or public transportation expenses.

Rent

The second thing that you have to consider is the rent. Since you’re building, you don’t want to blow your monthly budget. Therefore, it’s advisable if you can find an apartment at a bargain price. Choose an apartment that allows you to spend less than 15% of your income on rent.

Space

Since you want something affordable, you may have to compromise on space. You can’t afford to live large if your budget is tight, and you’re building your first home. However, as much as you may want to save, you have to be practical with yourself. Go for an apartment with moderate spacing.

Noise

If you are going to live in an apartment, you have to know that there are people that are going to live next to you—there will be neighbors above, below, and to the sides. Therefore, you have to make sure that the walls are sound proof. They have to be thick enough so that you don’t hear what your neighbors are doing.

If you want to confirm how noisy the place is, go view the apartment in the morning when your future neighbors are preparing to go to work. You want a quiet place so that you can relax after a long day at the construction site.

If you want to have a smooth transition from renting to owning your first home, you have to be smart when choosing an apartment. You want somewhere affordable and close by so that you can monitor the construction. You may have to compromise on space, but don’t move into a noisy apartment. You need that peace of mind when handling your construction project.

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