If you still live with your parents, you’re not alone. Around 22% of American millennials live with their parents.
There are many reasons people are choosing to stay at home longer. If you’re nervous about how to move out for the first time, we can help. Life transitions can be scary, but with the right know-how, they can be made much easier.
Keep reading to find four tips and things to know when moving out for the first time.
Get a Job Lined Up
One of our top tips for moving out on your own is having a steady job and income lined up. You’ve been living in your parent’s home for the last 18 or so odd years, most of which have probably been rent-free. The last thing you’ll want to do is have to ask your parents for rent money.
Get your finances in line well before you step foot into your new home. Determine how much money you need every month to make ends meet. Ensure you’re making well above that threshold so you can thrive on your own.
Find the Right Place to Live
We know that you’re excited to move out on your own, but don’t rush it. Give yourself plenty of time to plan your move. You need to find the most suitable place for your needs.
Here are some things to consider:
- Your home’s proximity to work. Are you willing to have a long commute, or would you prefer to live close to work?
- Your home’s proximity to amenities. Will you be near public transportation? How close are the nearest gyms, grocery stores, or parks?
- The cost of rent or mortgage. Are you going to be able to make ends meet every month? What can you realistically afford to pay and still have money left over at the end of the month?
- How safe the neighborhood is. Will you be living in an area with a high crime rate? Use online crime maps to determine how secure your new community will be.
Choose Your Roommates Wisely
If you are living with roommates, ensure you’re choosing them wisely. The wrong roommates will make you feel unwelcome in your own space.
Choose roomies whose temperaments and schedules align with yours. You won’t want to share your place with a party animal if you’re planning on hitting the hay at 10 p.m. every night.
Pick Up Good Habits
Have your parents been cooking for you and picking up after you for the last 18+ years? If so, you’re going to have a rude awakening when you’re on your own and responsible for everything yourself.
We cannot write a guide to moving out without talking about the importance of good habits. Moving into your own place will be a transitionary period, no matter how prepared you are. But if you have healthy habits pegged down beforehand, you’ll find the entire process much more manageable.
Learn how to cook basic meals. Download apps for budgeting and start tracking your spending. Get into the habit of picking up after yourself.
The transition to living on your own will feel easier once you have these “adult” behaviors as habits.
Understanding the Things to Know When Moving Out
Moving out for the first time can be a scary yet exciting adventure. Now that you’re aware of all the things to know when moving out, it’s time to take the leap.
Keep reading our blog to find ways to decorate and care for your new home.