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Transitional Friday: 9 Considerations When Finding a New Home

A friend of mine recently purchased a new home.  This led to a stressful time, longing to make the right decision and find a house that would become a home.home for sale

  1. Assess your needs in advance
  2. Be realistic about what you can afford
  3. Is this a starter home or a family home you hope to stay in the rest of your life
  4. Do you need room for growth?  Are you planning on expanding your family?
  5. Search for the amenities you need or can’t live without
  6. Decide what you can live without if necessary
  7. Search for a home that meets the needs for you and your family
  8. Consider the neighborhood, surrounding schools, etc.  Is the home on or near a busy shopping center or road?  Is this something you can live with or will this cause too many delays?
  9. Is this home?  Do you love the house?  Does it feel like home?

What aspects did you take into consideration when searching for a new home?

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Transitional Friday: 7 Lessons When Moving to a New Area

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I recently had a friend that moved across country.   Making such a move is a huge undertaking.

While, she and her family were excited about the move, there were also adjustments that had to be taken into account.

  1. Learning the cultural differences—even in the United States various areas have different cultures, depending on if you are in the southeast, Northeast, southwest, North west or California coasts.moving boxes
  2. Learning the new area—this includes the roads, restaurants, stores, etc.
  3. Developing a new routine takes time
  4. Appreciating the difference in scenery—whether you go from the mountains to the beach or the plains to the big city, the scenery is different.  Take the time to appreciate the new scenery that is around.
  5. Finding a house of worship—sometimes we may have to visit several churches before finding the right fit and where we feel at home.
  6. Searching for a new house—searching for a house is stressful enough, but when taking in the difference in living expenses and finances in different parts of the country, this increases the stress.  Don’t rush the decision, take time to make sure this is the best decision for you and your family.
  7. Making new friends—this takes time, but whether you meet them at church, on the playground, at work, or join various organizations or societies, you can make new friends.

What have you learned when moving to a new area?