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The housing issue

13.04.2016

The housing issue

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There are a lot of memes in the Net on the “Moved from parents” theme and housing options like garages, cluttered rooms or boxes of fridges. Is it so funny in real life?

Like in a good movie everything has to start with exposition and the wording of the main character problem. Desire of freedom and independence, lack of personal space, “just to try”, prolonged puberty or “stop living at parents’ expense” – everybody has his or her reasons to leave parents’ house. This is the beginning of the story of our potential character.

After studying the housing market and evaluating your financial opportunities you have to make a decision about buying or rent. Very few young people are ready for independent living and can afford buying square meters without financial infusion of parents. There is also another way: mortgage and related stumbling blocks and fears connected with this almost magic ritual. It looks like a fairytale about a little mermaid: if you want legs you should give your voice, if you wasn’t a housing you should give all your savings and pay tribute to the creditor 15 more years. So our hero follows a more simple way and tries to rent a flat.


Episode I

After considering the opportunities and wishes you can start searching. This is the most exciting part of the way. It is important to take into account that the housing cost and its quality are directly interdependent. If your monthly income is 15000 rubles you cannot spend all these money for housing. So you should sacrifice Jacuzzi and balcony-veranda. One more principal problem is a district. In this case the relationship is inverse: the further you are from the city center, campus or transports interchange the cheaper. But this difference can cost more because when you spend less for housing you lose your time and money spent for taxi.

After choosing an optimal district we start choosing the completeness of apartment. We remind that our hero is an absolute beginner in a question of real estate and will spend several evenings for online-browsing of flats. The excitement is growing, passions run high (especially, if the character intends to live with his/her spouse). But he faces difficulties again which can seem unimportant at first glance but everyday facing a poor-quality repaired apartment makes everybody nervous. Not all details can be seen in photos and do not forget that the aim of the site is to show the object with a winning hand. Simple advice: while browsing the announcements of flat rent pay the most attention to the photos of bathroom and kitchen. If you can glue the baseboard it will be not so simple to handle with rusty pipes, mildew and grease. Finally, this will lead to the development of squeamish paranoia

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