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Comfortable Housing - Factors To Consider When Buying / Renting A House

What is comfortable housing?

Lets pick our definition from the dictionary: 'That which shelters or covers' while comfort summarily is a 'state of quiet enjoyment'

Since this is not an English class (who would attempt teaching a 'guru' like you English anyway.... lol) lets give the major factors we consider necessary in choosing a comfortable housing.


1. LOCATION: The location of your house is important; as important as the kitchen is to the woman. By location we're referring to the street or as far as the local government area you plan to live in. 'Class' of people around you and their level of exposure must be similar to yours. A kid who grew up in the 'big' city suburb would find it difficult relocating as an adult to the slum areas. (No disrespect to this areas).


2. TYPE/SIZE OF HOUSING: Now that we have our location sorted out, what type of house are you trying to acquire / rent? You can argue that any 'big' house should do, once you can afford it, however if its important to factor in the size of your family. A bachelor who has no plan of marrying in years time but rents a 3 bedroom flat cannot be said to have a comfortable house, comfort is not sleeping in multiple rooms but a balance between what you get and what you eventually pay for it. Our aim here is to decide on a particular type of housing e.g 2 bedroom flat, duplex or a mini flat.

3. INTERNAL SPACES: It is common to find say 2-bedroom flats with rooms as small as say 2.1m by 2.4m, this bedroom space would hardly contain a standard 6 ft by 6ft bed, in such cases the purpose of acquiring a 2-bedroom flat has been forfeited as there would hardly be enough space for wardrobes and other stuffs intended for the bedroom. It is also important to ensure the rooms are well lit, ventilated and well spaced from adjoining properties. You would agree that our exercise in No2 is defeated if the internal spaces are far below standards obtainable.

4. COST: The last on our list is cost, how much am I paying for the house / space? The price paid should be relative to the value given, a duplex belonging to Mr A with standard rooms and decent finishing should cost more than an adjoining property belonging to Mr B on the same street with 'normal' finishing or less standard rooms and vice versa. It is possible to find to find Mr B price his property in-line with Mr A's cost; in such situation the house cannot be said to be comfortable 100% even when the that cost difference is overlooked.


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