There comes a day in all of our lives when it’s time to move out on our own. Whether you’re best friends with your parents or they treat you like a five-year-old, there’s a feeling of freedom and opportunity gained when you ditch the basement for your first apartment.
You won’t have to deal with mom and/or dad every morning and night, but you will have a host of new challenges to deal with. Here are five things to consider when graduating from your parents’ basement:
1. Financial Impact
I was so excited to move out of my parents’ basement that I neglected to plan properly for how I would pay rent and other expenses that I had never paid before. A month after moving out, I lost my job. I was able to bounce back rather quickly, but it could’ve been worse. Taking the time to think through the financial impact of moving out would’ve helped ease the transition..
2. Adjusting from Basement to Apartment
Moving is a major life change. You will live in a different home, sleep in a different room, have different roommates, live in a different part of town and have different utilities and appliances. It will take time to adjust to life away from the folks. Make sure to surround yourself with as many familiar things as possible, and make regular calls or trips home (if possible) to help ease the transition. The hardest part of my transition was living without a dog for the first time in my life. It seems like a small comfort and something that should be easy to do without, but it was difficult.
3. Trading Roommates
Unless you’re moving into an apartment or house by yourself, you will be trading roommates. Instead of living with mom and dad, you’ll be living with much younger and messier people that aren’t used to living in the same house as you. I thought moving into an apartment with my best friend would be extremely easy. I was wrong. We clashed based on personal preferences and things we were both used to at home. It took nearly six months for us to regain the friendship we had before moving in together. Before moving in with new roommates, sit down with them and discuss expectations, bad habits and any concerns. Breaking the ice early will help you work through problems quicker.
4. Your Personality Type
How you work, study and relax will play a part in how comfortable you are in a living space and with roommates. If you’re an introvert who needs peace and quiet, you may not want to move in with four extroverts who party four nights a week.
5. Your Goals
Any major life decisions should be made based on what you want out of life. If your dream is to become a doctor, you’re going to need a lot of financial support, quiet places to study and to surround yourself with others who understand what it means to put in the time and effort to pursue a profession of this nature. You don’t need to give up your social life because you want to be successful, but carefully look at the impact this life change will have on your goals. Does it take you a step forward or a step back?
Still looking for additional help while making this tough decision? Consider sitting down with your parents and other trusted non-family members to see what they think. Only you should make the final decision, but it’s good to get the help and advice of others. (It’s also a great way to recruit people to help you move!)
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