There comes a time in your life when you wake up one morning and think, “It is time to move out of home”. I have had enough. You are probably tired of having to always cook a full meal and sometimes you want to go to bed with a bowl full of Kellogg’s.
However, this is not a decision that should be taken lightly. If you want to move out of home, there is a number of things you need to consider before you “leave and cleave” to your new place.
Below is a summary from a few of my friends on things to consider before moving, mistakes that they have made and how they would have done things better.
What to consider before you move out of home.
- Know the reason why you want to move. Is it an emotional move? Are you moving closer to work? Are you just having a bad day? Is this a really good decision?
- Ensure that you have priced in all living expenses.
- Give yourself sufficient time to build up an emergency fund that can at least cover (A bed, couch, microwave, three month’s rent including the deposit, moving costs and other administrative costs).
- Search for places that are within your budget.
- Search for places that are close to work. If the place is out of your price range, perhaps consider getting a roommate.
- Know the travelling route, the amount of traffic on the roads and the number of taxis to get to work if using public transport.
- Consider joining a lift club in order to reduce costs.
- When purchasing décor, curtains and other essentials, travel with someone who has prior knowledge that can help you to identify bargains.
- Purchase second hand or cheap décor at places like Cash Crusaders, Cash Converters and Decorfurn.
- Get WIFI as opposed to data, that’s a costly exercise.
- Don’t get DSTV unless you really need it. You can use a laptop to stream.
- Create a budget for your expenses and stick to it.
Moving out of home should be an exciting journey to take as a young and budding individual. It is a coming of age and an opportunity to grow and rewrite your own rules. Though, if done haphazardly without employing a holistic approach, it may be detrimental to your cause.
Therefore, the next time you consider a move, sit down, have a date with your bank account, drink 2 litres of water, count the cost and then move.
Otherwise, Hlala kini joe…