Though Singapore is one of the best places to reside, unhappiness can still arise from a relationship when two people can’t decide where to live, especially if the East vs. West feud jeopardises the relationship.
To help you and your partner decide, news outlet AsiaOne shared a few tips to consider navigating your way in this house-hunting phase.
Think practically and not emotionally
Couples having difficulty deciding where to stay – East or West – because they are attached to different areas in Singapore for emotional reasons may never move out of the area as they consider it their safe place, or perhaps their family and friends live in the same district.
Always remember that your partner can also feel your emotional attachment in his/her own way. These attachments may also lead to arguments.
Try your best to be practical and unbiased. Avoid the phrase “my area is better than yours” to avoid unnecessary quarrels.
List out the pros and cons of each area
Make time to talk with your partner and discuss the list of pros and cons of each area together. Doing this will help both of you to acknowledge the advantages and disadvantages of one’s preferred zone.
This will also view the situation from a bigger perspective and try as much as possible to keep your emotions out of this.
If there are instances where the pros and cons are equal, proceed to the next step.
Shortlist a few units in each area and view them
Start looking for units in your area, whether in the East or West that suit your house-hunting boxes. It is important to know the criterion to have a deal-breaker place.
Once again, talk with your partner regarding the few units from each other’s areas you like, then start contacting property agents to schedule your house viewings. It makes a difference when you go and visit the actual place to know its environment and the place. Surprise yourself and your partner in each other’s areas.
Take the time to find the dream unit for both of you
Do not be impatient when looking for your desired home. Take the time to find a place you and your partner are comfortable with.
House-hunting is not as simple as shopping for presents. Having your own home is a commitment and responsibility. You would want a unit equal to the satisfaction you and your partner want and need.