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1.7 Needs and Preferences

Deciding where you want to rent can be overwhelming.  You need to think about all the things that will make your new place of residence YOUR home sweet home.  To help focus your property search, try to determine your rental needs and preferences. 

Consider factors such as:

  • distance to work, school, shopping and friends
  • size of the unit
  • type of property
  • type of neighbourhood
  • nearby amenities
  • smoking/non-smoking rules
  • pet policies
  • roommate restrictions 
  • accessibility requirements
  • safety concerns

When deciding where to live, take some time to learn more about the communities that interest you. In BC, most municipalities have websites with useful information. On the website MunicipalRedbook.com, you can find listings that can help you choose the right area for you.

On the next page, there is a worksheet to help you identify the rental needs and preferences that are important to you. By completing the worksheet, you will be answering the question: when it comes to renting a place, what do I need and what do I want?