Things You Need To Know Before You Move Out
Everything’s expensive and your house is always dirty.
Everyone wants their own space, it’s human nature. And when you’re living with your parents, you want to move out even more. You want privacy, independence and to be free from their oppressive regime or rules and regulations. So you start planning your escape. You’re looking at houses, deposits, and even considering putting more hours in at work. All this effort to finally have a little freedom! And yes, you will have more freedom of choice. You can have friends over whenever you want. You can watch what you want on the TV and come and go as you please. But the reality is far different than the pretty picture you have in your head. So there are a few things you need to know before you move out.
Everything Is Expensive
I wasn’t kidding when I said that. And it’s not an exaggeration, literally everything you need to buy for a house is expensive. Couches, microwaves, ovens. Hell, even a decent kettle is £6 ($7.85) And this might not sound like a lot of money, but when you have had to buy literally everything in your house then, yes it is. You can find a lot of things second hand or in charity shops/thrift stores. But it will still add up really quickly. And just to warn you, you’ll be left with virtually no money for at least 3 months whilst everything sorts itself out.And one of the biggest injustices about moving out is that you have to buy toilet paper. I mean seriously, it’s so wrong that you have to pay for something you literally wipe your ass with. And don’t be stingy or you’ll find out the hard way that toilet paper isn’t something you want to cheap out on.
Everyone Wants Money From You
The gas company, the electric company, the water people, the council/city. The list is endless. And it’s constant, it seems like everyone is charging you just for being alive. And it wouldn’t be so bad if you were actually having fun! Don’t choose any company without comparing prices though. Once you’re locked in a contract, you could have to pay to get out of it. So make sure you get the best deal before you agree to anything.
Nobody Cares If You’re Sick Anymore
When you lived at home, you could be ill and the bills would still get paid. Not anymore. You know when you were a kid, and you saw sick people working. And you thought to yourself “why don’t they just stay at home?” because bills. That’s why.
Your House Is Always Dirty
Your house always needs cleaning. Every single day it seems to need something doing to it. I have a cat and a dog so I have to hoover, sweep, mop and dust every single day. If I don’t, my house is filthy. And you’ll discover that you actually don’t mind cleaning. At least for the first few months. But I don’t understand people who don’t clean their houses. You’re paying good money to live in that place, keep it clean!
You’ll Screw Up The Budget
If you’re like most people., pretty much every penny in your budget will be spoken for. But you will mess up at some point and spend money you don’t have. Don’t beat yourself up over it, you’re a human being, it happens. We’ve all done it, the key is damage limitation. Just try to avoid doing it too often and make savings wherever you can to reset your finances.
Home Security Is A Must
There are some ass-holes out there and you need to protect your property and your self. Get some basic home security items from somewhere like eBay or Amazon. And just so you know, it’s scary on your own for a while. Every little noise you hear will make you jump out of your skin and you’ll be a little paranoid for a few months. After a while you’ll get to know the weird noises your house makes and you’ll know if something is out of the ordinary.
Think Before You Move
I’m not trying to scare anyone. And I’m not saying you should be some 40-year-old cellar dweller. I’m just letting you know that it’s not as much fun as you think it’s going to be!