Relocation Tips: Starting Your Housing Search

Looking for a place to live is the most stressful and cumbersome aspects of a move. Not only is it a high-involvement and lengthy process, but it requires the most attention as it is one of the most important decisions you will make in your relocation. 

Before you start house hunting, you need to determine exactly what is most important to you and aspects which you will not compromise. For instance, is being located in a fun and trendy part of town important to you, or is being close to work a bigger priority? Do you want to be near a gym? Do you need to be near public transportation, or do you have a car? These are all things you need to think about before you even start the process.


Cost is the most important thing you need to consider when choosing where you will live. Many people underestimate how much it costs to live in a metropolitan area, especially if you are looking for intern housing (that is, living space already fully furnished).

For example, a one bedroom apartment in a desirable location is going to cost upwards of $1,000 per month - even more for corporate or intern housing. You need to be prepared for these kinds of prices and decide which amenities are important to you, i.e. 24/7 security, laundry facilities, parking, pets, and things of that nature.


One way to drive down the high cost of living in a city is to pair up with a roommate. Living with a roommate will not only help with the cost factor, but it will also help with acclimation in your new city and integration into the social scene. Our platform has integrations with Roomster and tools alike to connect you with others in your company to help find the best possible roommate match.

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When to Start Looking

It's important to understand when the right time is to start looking for housing. Scouring the internet for housing options months before your move is only going to cause you a headache - either you are going to find the perfect place too soon, or you won’t find any good options and you will spend months stressing about it. Channel that energy towards other aspects of your move!

We recommend to start looking for housing when your move date is around 60 days out. This gives you enough time to be thorough in your home search while still being able to consider each option as viable possibility.

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