Renew Your Lease for a Shorter Term. Rather than renew your fixed lease for another year, see if your landlord will agree to a shorter fixed term, such as six or even three months. If you renew for three months, for example, and still haven’t purchased a home, you can then renew for another three months.
Change the locks. Unless you’re buying a brand new home from a builder you need to have the locks changed. You don’t know who all has a key to your home and that can be scary. New locks cost around $50 each on average, with most homes having no more than 2 or 3 exterior doors this will cost no more than $150 on average.