Searching for the perfect home for your family is a super exciting experience, yet a challenging task.

What type of property? How do you select the best location? Should you choose a place close to your workplace or your children’s school? Indeed, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing a property that is right for you.

Here are some tips and considerations on how you can make it easier to choose the right home for you and your family:

Choosing a location that’s right

Location, location, location is a common mantra, a tenant should always find a location which they are comfortable and familiar with if possible. Renting a property offers much more flexibility than if one were to purchase.  It gives you the ability to familiarise yourself with an area before you commit to buying a property there.

If it is an area you are familiar with, there is little to decide. But if you want to move to a new area then you want to find a place that you grow into and not grow out of and renting is a perfect opportunity to help decide before making a longer term commitment.

Find a place close to what’s important

Renters should always bear in mind the facilities in their area. For families, they should take into consideration the proximity of work, preschools, schools and tuition centres from the apartment or condo. Many parents wish to walk their children to their places of learning - you can use the map on Instahome’s search page to check how far the condo you are considering is from the main centres of your child’s learning.

Be sure the unit is right for you by taking a virtual tour

After searching properties you are interested in and finding that perfect unit, take time to check out the 3D virtual tour of the listing. This gives you the experience of being in the apartment itself and you are able to observe every inch of your future home. Once you are satisfied the place is right for you, schedule your appointment online and choose a time that’s convenient for you.

Instahome prides itself on being transparent with our renters. You can find the details of the tenancy agreement right here on the platform, such as if pets are allowed, how much deposit is required or if parking is included.

If you have any additional questions it’s a good idea to write these down to bring with you when viewing the property, to clear your mind and keep your priorities in check.

We have our own Instabuddy at each viewing that is a resident expert and will help answer any questions you may have.

Calculate your budget

This is the most basic question you need to ask yourself before anything else as each type of property vastly differs in price especially if you’re growing a large family in need of a bigger space.

What type of property can you afford or is within your budget? Is the area you are moving to an area you can afford?

If you are planning to move near the main city, the cost of a home can be significantly higher versus the ones located further out.

Trust your instinct

Lastly, there are renters whom rely solely on their intuition when they are looking for the right space. Ask yourself the right questions to decide. Will you be happy living in the place? Does the atmosphere or vibes feel right? Can you imagine yourself already living there? If you answer with a resounding yes, chances are, this is the perfect match for you.

If you haven't already registered as a tenant, go ahead and sign up. If you have any questions, reach out to our Instabuddy home expert at [email protected]