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What to Look for When Searching for a Place to Live

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What to Look for When Searching for a Place to Live

If you’re looking for a new place to live, there are a lot of different factors to consider when making your decision. Whether you are apartment hunting, looking to settle down in a house, or exploring temporary living options, there are a few main things to look for in order to make your experience the best it can be. Here are some of the things to look for when searching for a place to live:

  • Cost of living – One of the main factors in determining where you will live is the cost of living in the area. There are certain places that just won’t fit into your budget, so the price of the listing is often one of the first things to narrow your search. 

However, it’s also important to research the general cost of living in the area, like gas, food, drink, and entertainment prices. Will you be buying your own ingredients and cooking yourself or eating out more often? Are there any maintenance costs you’ll need to worry about? These are all things to take into consideration when making your decision.

  • Proximity to work, school, and popular destinations – Another thing to look at is the proximity of living options to places you will be going often, like your workplace, school, or other popular destinations. It may seem like you’re paying more for a location closer to these places, but consider all of the time and money you might have to spend on transportation from another, farther living location. This includes gas, parking, and even car maintenance costs.
  • Community – Community is another essential aspect to look at when searching for a new place to live. Being part of a community is beneficial for many reasons, like giving you the opportunity to meet new people and bond with them. This can lead to new friendships and shared interests, as well as providing support for one another when someone is in need.
  • Safety – One of the most important things to look for when searching for a place to live is the safety of both the area and the specific house, apartment, or building you’ll be living in. You’ll want to do research on the particular neighborhood and look at what the crime rates are like there. You should also pay close attention to all security measures at your potential home and make sure things like locks, windows, and doors are all functional and in good working order.

At Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH), we’re a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the academic and professional success of young women. TMH is in the heart of DC and offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women who are working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Visit our website to learn more about our accommodations or fill out an application today so you can start enjoying all of the benefits of co-living in DC!