There comes a time in our live where we must take the big step into the adult world. We must leave our parent’s nest and go out into the real world. This moment is very crucial, because it can make us or break us. The biggest thing we must do when we decide to take on this new responsibility is to find the perfect home suitable for us. Moving out is very exciting and frightening at the same time, but with the right advice and tips on things to look for, you will be able to avoid the mistakes the rest of us have committed while doing so.
People rush into moving out without doing the proper math first. If you are spending more than you are making, then maybe it’s not time for you to move just yet. If you have a steady, reliable
Essentials you need to prepare for: When I first moved out, the last thing on my mind was toilet paper. Sure enough, the first thing that came into my mind when I went to use my restroom was, I don’t have any toilet paper, or shower curtains, or soap. So make sure you go out and buy all your supplies, this is something you didn’t really factor into your expenses, because normally we consider our expenses to be the bills we have to pay, but these essentials will be a monthly thing you need to prepare for. Below are just a few items that should plan on buying:
- Bathroom: Toilet Paper, toiletries, shower curtain, etc.
- Kitchen Appliances: silverware, utensils, microwave, etc.
- Vacuum & Cleaning Supplies
The Expenses they don’t tell you about: Normally when you finalize your decision on the place you want to live, there are some fee’s that you may have overlooked. Surely a 50 page contract can get boring real fast, but that document contains more than boring words. It includes fees and expenses you didn’t think you have to pay for. Most of the time it may be a water usage fee, one that’s around 25$ a month or a garbage disposal fee that’s around the same price. Let’s not forget how much it’s going to be for cable or internet. The monthly fee you may be aware of, but there is a deposit or set-up fee normally. If you have a pet, look for a pet deposit fee and a monthly pet fee for the cleaning they do. These fees add up together on top of what you’re already paying. Be sure to read the fine print, and make sure you clarify all your expenses with them.
I wish you luck on your search for a place and hope you don’t make the same mistakes I did when moving out. Be sure to always double check the place you visit and confirm everything with the owner or manager before you finalize the deal.
How about you? Any luck finding a rental in Seattle? Comment below.
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