SECOND: what’s most important for your lifestyle; area for proper home office, room to entertain, room for a queen size bed…
Living within your means financially is often talked about, but what about living within the physical means of your space? If you have hundreds of books, dozens of shoes, or records, think about where you would store/display them when looking at a space. If you have a lot of stuff, don’t get a tiny apartment that you’d have to pack to the rims to hold everything.THINK ABOUT
– If you have especially large furniture, how will it fit in the new space? Will it limit how you can set up the space?
– If your television is important, don’t pick a layout where the sofa can’t be directly across from it.
– If you’re bad with space planning don’t pick something with a weird layout.
– If you have trouble visualizing, take someone with you who is.
– If you have a limited budget and lots of stuff, make sure the space has proper storage so you don’t have to buy all new storage furniture.
For example in my own search, rent and location were the most important things. After that when I saw this apartment I knew the clean open layout would help to keep the small space feeling larger than it is, it had great natural light and the view of the trees in the backyard were the final selling point. And this is a small building (5 apts) not run by a management company, I have greater leeway to make the changes/installs I want.