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Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

One of the biggest single indicators of your quality of life and your intentions regarding standard of living is where your home is. And when it’s time to change that place of residence, it can be very stressful. That’s why you want to use all of the resources available to figure out the best fit concerning living situation.

A couple of ways you can do this is by searching through property management companies, looking for events in an area, finding the happiest places to live, and then searching outward from your job. Each of these methods will give you different results regarding potential houses for you to live in.

Search For Property Management Companies

One way that many people don’t think to look but is an excellent resource is by searching listings from property management companies. There is a ton of information that you can absorb from property management websites, or talking to the people in charge of these companies. Particularly if the website has pictures of different residences as examples, you can begin to see what sort of potential there is for you to live in a similar area.

Look For Events

If you’re the type of person that enjoys events more-so than staying at home more so than focusing on where you live, but maybe want to find a home that is next to an urban area with a lot of activities. Look for very active cities, and then look for the type of events that are there, and then find a home that is within a reasonable distance. Especially for younger people, what you can do in a place may be more important than where you’re actually staying in terms of structure.

Find the Happiest Places

Then there’s the idea that maybe you want to find the happiest places to live. There are regular surveys that people answer, and they’ll tell you their degree of satisfaction. You’d be surprised at how much geography can make the difference in people’s amount of satisfaction with their lives. Even visiting one of these happy places may give you a clue that it’s where you want to live.

Search Outward From Your Job

A final option when it comes to finding a new place to live is searching outward from where you work. If your job is the priority, then start at that location and make a spiral outward looking for houses that fit your budget and your lifestyle. If you find a place that meets all of your criteria, then you know for sure that you won’t have trouble getting back and forth from your workplace, and that will destress a lot of the other aspects of your life.