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The Best Way to Pick an Apartment? Try a Decision Matrix

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The Best Way to Pick an Apartment? Try a Decision Matrix
When one couple needed to find a new home in a rush, they used a “scientific approach” to expedite their search.

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Choosing An Apartment: The Scientific Way

Choosing An Apartment: The Scientific Way

Many individuals and couples have an idea in their minds about what kind of apartment they would like to move into. The problem is when there are more than a couple of factors, preferences and opinions.

A scientific way to make a decision about the things that we consider important is to make a decision matrix, listing the various factors that are crucial to the final choice, and assign weightage to each factor.

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The Decision Matrix To Choose An Apartment

To facilitate an apartment choice, list out the basic factors and provide weightage to each, based on personal choice. A few of those elements can be:

  • Amount of rent per month.
  • Size, layout, design and direction.
  • Pet policies
  • Lease duration.
  • Windows and lightning, elevators, stairs and furniture placement
  • Outdoor space and nature view.
  • Proximity to the grocery store.

Each apartment can then be quickly rated for each factor, making the final decision quick and transparent.

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