The moment you start living with someone else is exciting no matter if it is a college roommate you don’t even now, a very close friend of yours or the person you love so much that it hurts. The enthusiasm is great and the scenarios you are imagining in your head are numerous. What are you going to be doing every now and then, how you would go shopping together or you will cook together, or watch movies together or laugh at someone together. You dream of all those things you will do together and of all the moments you’ll create, the memories you will share. But in this time, when you are packing and arranging your place, you don’t really think about how this person maintains his home and how convenient he feels there. The truth is that you know him well in the outdoor space of the unhomeness. But how would you two live together? This you failed to ask.
But time passes and too soon you realize that you, the neat freak who likes everything always perfectly organized, the house cleaned, the mess less, the clutter out of the home and so on, are forced to live with the messiest person on Earth. And then you can feel the despair and tenseness in the air. You find dirty dishes in the sink and clothes where they don’t belong. And you freak out. But you politely put them altogether and sort everything out. while the person who live with you is super angry about you talking care of his stuff and putting it at places he doesn’t know. He likes the mess and finds comfort in it. You like the order and feel there free. Where is then the harmony?
These days renting has become more of a gamble than something certain and reliable. There are the landlords with the two many requirements, the inspectors that never give you a pass after the tenancy, the thousands of lost security deposits and more and more things like that. And still the number of people living in such house never falls, but is still growing and growing. The first reason people have to choose the renting option is the great flexibility. There is no need for you to live at one and the same place. You can leave it whenever you want. You can change places. You can thus change jobs and countries and you are more than free, absolutely independent from the other circumstances. And the second significant reason is the price. Having enough money saved for a house is something not everyone has and too few can afford buying now. Getting a mortgage is something that makes you more dependent from all kinds of conditions: banking, working, economic. And there is the renting option – relatively cheap and so popular. But how to find the best renting option of them all? Well, here is how.
Find the Neighborhood
This one no doubt sounds simple. However, it is not that easy at all. you need to find a region that suits you, which means that it is not too far away from your working place, but it has to be a place you just feel comfortably in. The different neighborhoods have their different characters and you need to explore them before you make a decision. So in a nice and chill weekend, get a map and be a tourist in your own city. Walk around the place you consider to start living and find which ones you like the most.
The House Conditions
When you are looking for a house to rent, you have the feeling that you don’t need to much and you can make some sacrifices for the sake of paying lower rent. However, this is not the way things work in life. You need a light and a little bit spacious house. You need a cozy bedroom and more than anything else you need a comfortable bed. You need an oven and dishwasher and of course, at least a washing machine. And you need all of these a lot, so never underestimate them and always pay for having such “luxuries”.
The End of Tenancy Cleaning
There is no way you could think about the cleaning you will have to perform before you live the rented house, before you have even rented it. But you have to. These days we are all hiring the professionals who create masterpieces and have magical powers that help them cope with every single cleaning problem. But what happens if the place you are about to move in is in a neighborhood where those experts don’t work? How screwed are you then? Skip it and make a little prior research.
We all have that frugal friend, well, he is more than frugal indeed, annoyingly frugal, we might say. But in the same time he is the one who has his own house in London, who has a car and could afford going on a really nice holiday from time to time. Yeah, he is not buying coffee on his way to work and he is having one from home, but again he posts a photo of him drinking coffee in a cute small Italian café. And the life of your “annoyingly frugal friend” makes you be in two minds, is this a good idea or a bad one, harmful one indeed, you are wondering.
The truth is that life is all about the balance and there is no man on Earth who can tell you where exactly the balance of your own life is. You have to find it yourself. But let’s go back to the specific question about frugality and talk about the pros and cons.
Yeah, you are not having a take away coffee, you are not having a lunch in one of those fancy new restaurants and you are bringing one from home, you are not buying clothes for the aim of having the most trendy ones only, but thus your savings are growing and then in a couple of months or weeks or years, you will be able to purchase a thing your friends are only dreaming of – like a big nice house in the suburbs.
We crave for holidays, because we crave for rests, for some time far away from the office, where there are millions of duties waiting for us, from the house, which always needs a clean-up, from the bills paying and everyday shopping, from the home maintenance and the tense lifestyles. We are busy these days, and being too busy most of the time makes us realize how nice it is not to do anything at all. It is pure bliss. So the summer vacation turns out to be not enough at all and right after we have come back from one adventure or from a SPA holiday in a magnificent hotel nearby, we are planning the next one. And then when we are talking about places we should for sure visit with our friends, when they are telling stories about a magnificent travel of theirs, or simply when we are browsing the web, Greece comes out. The top destination – a country that has so much to offer – nature and beaches and seas and ports, boats and ships and historical sights and architecture and monuments and islands and cuisine that leaves you out of breath. And then is its real pearl – the northern peninsula Halkidiki.