One of the things I LOVE about renting is that we get to learn our new area without the commitment of buying weighing on us or the feeling of being stuck because of a mortgage. Renting has allowed us to saturate ourselves to see where our lifestyle really fits.
Do we want to be downtown or would we rather live in the “suburbs”? What stores are near us? Is it safe running in the area?
Even if you’ve lived somewhere all your life, I still think it’s important to evaluate when considering buying, and renting gives you the time you need to do so.
So get out, explore, and see where you like to be and what you like to do. Afterall, it might help you ignore the chipping paint in the bathroom:)