What to do When You Are About To Move Out Of Home And You Don’t Know Where To Begin Cause It Is Kind Of Scary Being A Grown Up As Much As We Have Been Looking Forward And Counting Down To This And Imagining This For Our Whole Entire Lives!
Yay! New chapter of your life! Time for independence and growth!
But make sure you are ready!
Yeah, it is great to have all this “independence” but you have to be ready.
Have you got money to pay bills?
To buy furniture?
To buy food?
Pay for the car?
Okay, so now that you have figured out that you are ready to move, here are some things to make sure you do!
Before you start looking, write a list of exactly everything you are looking for that would realistically be in your price range. Eg: Two sinks in the kitchen, how many bedrooms/bathrooms, etc.
KNOW BEFORE YOU LOOK
How far is it to work/university?
Does it have a practical amount of space?
Is it in a safe area?
If you don’t have a car, are you close to transport in all sorts of weather?
WEIGH UP YOUR OPTIONS
See a few different properties. Do not take the first one you see.
You need to know what is out there.
There are so many different prices and locations, and you have to make sure you are really getting the best deal.
SUSS IT OUT
Pictures are deceiving so make sure you actually inspect the properties.
This way you can see the real size of rooms.
Inspections are always a great way to hear the noises you will hear. Stay there for as long as you can so you can suss out the noises of the neighbours, the noises of the traffic, etc. You can also smell the house, or the hallways and make sure you like it.
This is also a good way to see how dirty the house is, and how well kept it is. Look out for damp patches or mould.
Another great perk about inspections is that most likely you will get to deal with your landlord.
You can suss out how nice they are, and if they are going to be douche bag. Because we have all heard the horror stories about the evil landlords, and don’t you worry; they exist!
READ IT, NOT SKIM IT
Make sure you know read the rental agreement.
Yes, we know no one wants to actually sit there and read a five to seven page agreement about terms and conditions. I know we always check the I have read and understood these for everything on the internet, but this is a little bit different.
This is how landlords turn into evil landlords. They know that rental agreement back to front and if you don’t know it too, they will get your money any way they can!!!
You need to know what you are expected to pay for. Know who is paying for water, electricity, power, etc.
And sign nothing until you feel confident you know everything you could know!
Hope these tips help you!!!
Feel free to comment if you have other suggestions!
– Jecca xoxo