Today is the day you've decided to move out of mom and dads and into your own apartment. Congratulations, you are growing up and finally putting on your big boy or girl pants. Let's just hope you can make more than Ramen in the microwave. More importantly, let's hope that you haven’t rushed this move because your parents were being uncool. Moving out is a big step and shouldn't be something that is taken lightly. Here are some tips to make sure that you are prepared for the awesomeness of adulthood.
You have to do the proper research
Before you do anything, you have to do the research. That's right you have homework to do because having an awesome life requires preparation and thorough work.You can call a real estate agent and have them help you find your place, but it will cost you. For those people who like to do their own work, your best bet is to try to look a the local houses and apartments. Keep an eye open for "For Rent" signs in yards. This works for people who travel through neighborhoods on the bus or in a car. You can also simply go onto forrent.com and type in the proper information and look that way. It will provide you with local or further places that have an apartment up for rent.
Look at all your options
So you've found the perfect apartment and you know that this is the place for you. Think again. You need to look at as many options as you can, don't settle on the first place that you are shown that's how they get you. Look at as many places as you can and make sure you bring a note pad to jot down the pros and cons of these places. For example if the place you love so much doesn't allow pets, what are you going to do with poor adorable Mr. Whiskers? Silly example, but these are the kinds of things you need to look into. More seriously take notes on the rent, size, furnishings, what the place has to offer like if it has a laundry room in the basement, or if there is a market close to your location. These are all important things you need to take notes on.
Do the math
Now it's time to do the math. Grab the bucket of ice cream and a big spoon because things are about to get depressing. Calculate all your personal expenses (cell phone, food, grooming, pets, etc.) along with your rent and utilities. Do this for each place you like because you need to know if you can afford to live in that place. Also look at a recent pay stub and see if you can live in this place with your current pay. If you can't afford it look for cheaper apartments or try looking for a roommate. Keep in mind that looking for a roommate may cause you to go up in rent because your roommate will most likely want their own room and privacy. It also doesn't hurt to cut off some of the unnecessary expenses that cost more than what they are worth.
Now stop and think
Okay now that you have done all your calculating and have made your decision, it's time to take a break and think. Slow down and make that this is something that you are ready for. There are ups and downs to everything no matter how awesome living on your own may be, it does get hard sometimes. Don't take too long of a break because it is a competitive situation and taking too long could cost you the apartment.
It's moving time
Well it's time to move into your new place. At this point you have signed the lease and are now contractually bound to this place for as long as the lease states. Now that you are officially moving out, you are taking on a new world of responsibility. Make sure you say goodbye to your parents and thank them for all that they have done for you. It may be a happy day for you, but its bittersweet for some parents to see that their child has grown up. Celebrate and have a good time, but not too much fun you don't want to get in trouble after you just moved in.