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5: Make Your Housing Plan — I Want to Own

What Kind of House Do You Want?

There is a lot to think about when considering a move to a new rental property or buying your first home. Use the Housing Plan Worksheet to narrow your focus on the type of housing situation you want, including how much privacy you require and how much maintenance and repair work you would like to be responsible for.

Create Your Checklist

To do checklistIt doesn’t matter why you’re looking for a new place to live – your first place, retirement, expanding family, downsizing, a new job, divorce or just a fresh start – you’ll want to look at a lot of different factors that make it your ideal place. You also will need to decide which ones take top priority in making your decision.

Set Some General Guidelines

To aid your decision making, create a checklist when comparing your housing choices. Before you can create your checklist, however, it helps to have some general guidelines to use. Use these sentence starters to help you think about things you want to maintain from your current living situation, improve on or change:

  • In my current housing situation, I like , and I want my new place to have that as well. 

Example: In my current housing situation, I like that there are two bedrooms, and I want my new place to have that as well. 

Example: In my current housing situation, I like that I am downtown, and I want my new place to have that as well.

  • Something I would like to improve from my current living situation is to have instead of

Example: Something I would like to improve from my current living situation is to have the ability to take public transportation instead of needing to drive every day.

  • One thing I would change from my current housing situation is

Example: One thing I would change from my current housing situation is to have a yard so I can get a dog.

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