I guess there comes a time when we all have to pack up our bags and move to a new place to stay.
Things to consider when choosing a house to rent as a mother.
We moved houses recently. We are renting. It was such a hustle to move being a FTM. There were different factors we had to consider that we didn’t need to consider pre-baby. To make things simplier for you, here is a list of things to consider when moving houses.
First things first, how much money are you willing to give out of your account every month? Those coins going cling out of your account can be such a pain. Look at your finances. Is this money always readily available? It will be almost non-negotiable. How much are you willing to spend to pay someone else for a roof over your head?
Next thing to consider is the location of the house. Is it in a drivable distance to necessary facilities such as hospitals in case of emergencies, shopping malls, friends, neighbours and family, schools etc. If you are like me who likes her own space, it takes a community to raise a child.
In a sense that incase of any emergencies, someone doesn’t have to drive a thousand kilometers to come and help save the day. You won’t want to drive a distance during an emergency to arrive at a hospital either. Your child will also need to make some friends.
It takes a community to raise a child.
Another thing to consider is the size of the house. I don’t like to feel clustered and closed up. Like I said earlier I like my space. Plus find something convienient for you and your family. What is the size of your family? Is the house you are considering big enough to cater for you all?
One thing to look at is the safety of the area you are moving to. What access do you have to emergency services? Also look at the crime factor online before moving. Does the house you are considering have proper safety features installed in them? We have access to security, panic buttons and burglar bars at the house we moved to. The police station is also 5 minutes away. We prefer living in an estate due to security reasons. Plus we have the comfort of our own yard. My husband doesn’t have to worry much when he needs to work away for the night, or travel that we won’t be safe.
Pet friendly/ Child friendly/ wheelchair friendly
If you consider your furry friends as family, you might want to look at that when moving to a new place. Some places have strict no pet policies which will be quiet sad for you. My son is ten months old and a place that was not on the ground floor sounded inconviencing for me. I imaged going through 10 stairs carrying my baby and that was not ideal for me.
I also freaked out on the possibility of him falling off the stairs, ouch! If you have someone with a disability leaving with you, you might also consider that. My best friend in a wheel chair could not go into the house she was living in because the house did not have a rump for her to roll in. She decided to move into another place.
House state (small or big fixes)
Consider the state of the house when moving. One lady in my mom groups posted about moving into a house that needed renovations. She paid the deposit and put a notice in her current house. She has overstayed 5 days as the house she meant to move into is still under renovations.
Perhaps the renovations are small like a cracked window. Walk around with the landlord, write down all small dents and scratches. You will thank me when moving out for doing this. ;). We didn’t do this at our previous house and the landlord has refused to pay the deposit back, apparently its our fault.
Girl, you will need a safe space to park your car/s. What if there’s a severe storm and your car gets damaged? That is less likely to happen if you park your car in a safe parking space. It’s an important factor to consider.
Speaking of which you must also consider your landlord. If you pick up certain bad trends while communicating with them, trust your gut and don’t go through with it. Aint nothing worse than a terrible landlord. You will feel like you are walking on eggs in your own house.
Personalized Small itsy bitsy (specific to you things)
These will vary from person to person, but these are the things that were on my must-have list.
The kitchen mattered a lot for me. I was so demotivated when I had to cook and clean in my previous house. The kitchen was so tiny that my microwave sat on top of my fridge. It got cluttered easily and dirty fast. I love the space in this new kitchen and it is a joy to cook and clean. Plus it doesn’t look so untidy even when tidy because I have more space.
I love the double sink. It makes washing dirty dishes much quicker and more organized.
This one may be a bit weird but I like my space when I take a relaxing bath, It got a seperate closed up shower and bath. It doesn’t look too cluttered. My baby can sit and wait for me while I quickly shower.
Running area/ park
If you are into keeping fit, you may wanna consider a running area or park. Even if it means staying near a park. It is unsafe to run on the roads. I also prefer a park area for my baby to play and have a break from these four walls in the house. A park is also a good place to go chill and relax when I am having a stressful day.
Now this one is a MarieKondo inspired one. She uses cupboard space and boxes as organization tools. Heck everything we owned has its own cupboard and drawer space. Makes my house look neater.
You gotta have space to do your laundry. Else everything piles up in one corner and it looks terrible. Even if it is a small space in the kitchen like mine, a space is a space. And it is designated for laundry.
Like the park, I love a little garden where my boy can play. I can plant a few flowers. We can have a braai. We can relax and chill. I can also lay out my sons indoor baby pool when the heat burns. We can set up camp cars and have a picnic in the comfort of my own home.
In conclusion, These few tips are what you should consider when choosing a house to rent as a mother. What other tips would you give? Hit reply in the comments below. Congratulations on your new home. I hope it is a joy to stay in.
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Regards Natasha @ MrsChettyLife