Hey all, so pretty much I’m finishing my last four credits of college / working a job on a farm to save money to move out once i graduate in December. I think i have a pretty good handle on what it will take to move out but any advice would be great. I’m trying to save more then I need so i won’t be stressed as fuck when I move and im going to locate and start a job in the area while crashing on a friends couch before I lay money down on an apartment. Any mistakes you’ve made that will help me not make the same mistakes?
Save as much as possible. When looking for apartments even though you might be able to “afford” something more expensive always take the lesser option, the more you control and curb your fixed monthly expenses (cell phone, auto insurance, rent, utilities, etc.) the less stress you will feel. Those expenses are a lot harder to change than your variable. Find a roommate or multiple roommates to share utilities and find most/all your furniture on craigslist. Just my two cents.
@thatguyritchie, thanks for the feedback man. I defiantly agree. I pay very little for my phone right now because I really don’t need a smart phone and rather wouldn’t pay such expensive monthly cost and when i move i plan on moving someplace where i can bike/walk to town / my job. I know i want to be comfortable but at this point in my life I really just need a room I can throw a mattress on the ground and crash at haha.
@harrisevank, i haven’t moved out, but i know lots of people who have. Don’t be afraid to walk away, and don’t settle for something you don’t want (within reason). There’s no sense in living in a cheap place to save money, but having everything in the apartment broken, or having to watch your back at all times and sleep with one eye open due to living in a ghetto place. No sense living in a place where you are in constant fear or unease.
Also if you are living with roommates, absolutely live with trusted friends. I had a friend who lived with randoms, and at the very end, he found out his roommate stole his guitar and pawned it for weed money. I wouldn’t move in with strangers.
@harrisevank, go through all living together points with roommates beforehand and set ground rules – this helps to interview if you’re compatible. How the kitchen and food is going to work, noise levels and times, friend bring overs/ sleep overs, etc. You just basically don’t wanna run into unpleasant surprises with how surprisingly different other people’s living habits can be, unless you’re into that kind of thing (in which case don’t forget to report the funniest stories to HE)
@paintedbeings, haha thanks, yeah i mean i lived in 3 different apartments throughout college so It’s not like this is my first time having a place of my own, i kind of know the basics of all that. This is however the first time ill actually have the responsibility of paying for an apartment and being completely independent.