Moving out of your parents' home for the first time is thrilling and nerve-wracking all at once. It's the first time you'll get to be independent, do things on your own and be responsible for the day to day things your parents used to take care of, like bills. Before you make this huge step, it's essential to get some things in order so you won't have to move back home and start everything all over again.
1. You have to have a steady job
Before you break into song and declare you're leaving home, make sure you have a steady job for at least six months. To pay rent, utilities, food expenses, etc., you will need a steady income, and you can't move out until you have a good paying job for the foreseeable future.
2. Make sure your finances are in order
When you live on your own, you will have to consider certain financial emergencies and be prepared for them. That's why it's essential to open a savings account with rainy day funds that can cover times where you don't have enough money for rent, for instance. Also, make sure you prepare a budget with your income and expenses and stick to it. You don’t want to live from paycheck to paycheck and run up bills because of irresponsible financial behavior.
3. Decide on a place to live
When looking for an apartment, you have to decide whether you want to live with a roommate or on your own. If you can afford to live alone, great, if you don't, make sure to meet with potential roommates to size them up and make sure you can share a living space with them. Also, make sure you find a place that fits your needs – if you don't have a car, get an apartment near public transportation. If you like going out, check out places that near hang out. Also, do a reverse address lookup in the places you check out to see if they are under foreclosure if sex criminals are living nearby and to find out more about the history of the home.
4. Make a chores schedule
This one is especially important if you move in with roommates. To make sure the bills are paid on time, that the dishes are washed and that you place clean, make a chores schedule and try to stick to it as much as possible.
5. Don't be shy about asking for help
If you get stuck with a question or something happens that you need help with, don't be too proud to ask your parents or friends for help. It can be challenging to live on your own, and you might need help sometimes with things you've never dealt with before. So, put the ego aside and know when to ask for assistance before it's too late.
Moving out for the first time is exciting, and to keep the independence party going, follow this tips that will make the transition a whole lot easier.