The housing market has been booming over the last few years. My husband and I were recently looking through a few online sites for homes for sale — mostly just for fun. As we were clicking from house to house, I stumbled across several articles sharing help and suggestions for those who are purchasing their first home … or their last! And it struck me as kind of funny that some of the recommendations could actually be quite useful in the search for the right holster. So, whether you’re house hunting or holster hunting, here are five helpful, transferable tips I picked up on!

1. Prioritize the Location

With home buying, you may be focused on things like school districts and flood zones, but you should also consider how easy it is for you to get to the house (proximity to roads, work, school, etc.) as well as how safe the location is. (You can check out crime statistics for that area and look at neighborhood social media pages for details.) Not surprisingly, when it comes to holster buying, you also need to focus on location, location, location! So make sure that wherever you choose to carry your defensive gun, you have the appropriate amount of holster accessibility and safety.

2. Don’t Focus on Minor Cosmetic Details

Just as you should not let paint, hardware, landscaping or other minor issues keep you from buying a house you would otherwise love, don’t let those little things about a holster change your mind either. Remember that many holster companies offer different colors or patterns so you can add a little personality and customization to the style you love. Be sure to always look for those “good bones” first!

3. Consider Your Lifestyle When Holster Hunting

Imagine your ideal lifestyle, both now and also a decade into the future. Use this as the basis for choosing the features you’d like in your home and in your EDC holster. Think about your typical day-to-day lifestyle (with regard to commuting and running errands) and also imagine how you want to spend weekends and special days. This can help you narrow down the selections of house and holster and ensure you have something that works across the board — not just a showpiece that works for a certain event in your life or for a short period of time.

4. Think Long Term

According to the Zillow Group Report, the average American homeowner stays in his or her home for 14 years before selling. I wonder how long folks stick with a holster before moving on. While you may not commit to one holster for 14 years, you should at the very least select something that has durability, reliability and longevity. You don’t want to be holster hunting every year!

5. Stick With Your Must-Haves

Most people go into an important life decision with some must-haves in mind — you know, those things that could make or break a deal. So be sure to create your must-have list when searching for a new home or a new holster. And remember to think in terms of your wants and your needs. And never sacrifice on the latter! For instance, you need a holster to safely protect and fully cover the trigger and the trigger guard, but you might want it to be Tiffany blue. Always ensure your must-haves are checked off your list and be willing to compromise on your hopes and wishes, if necessary.

About Beth Alcazar

Boasting several training certifications including TWAW, SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute and I.C.E. Training, Beth Alcazar is enthusiastic about safe and responsible firearms ownership. She has nearly two decades in the firearms industry and is a Certified Training Instructor and Senior Training Counselor for the USCCA and Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for the NRA. The associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, Beth also uses her experience and degrees in language arts, education and communication management to author Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals.