I don’t know why we have to dedicate a whole article to this, I mean get some boxes put your personal effects in it and go…But alas I must write this article to get paid and maybe there are unforeseen factors that play into finding and establishing your first post-college habitat, which would be useful to know. Well here goes: this is how to move out of home as a young professional.
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First you need to find a place to live, which can be a herculean task in itself. Your first concern though should be roommate or no roommate. Having a roommate comes with the obvious benefits of splitting the rent and bills but it can come with a whole other set of issues. Do you really want to relive your college days were your dorm-mate made your miniscule space look like a hamper exploded all over it, underwear strewn in illogical places including but not restricted to: the dishwasher, the front doorknob, your pillow and the enclosed lighting fixture in the center of the ceiling? I mean how did that lacey thong even get in there?!
Beyond that choosing the right roommate is a grueling process not unlike finding the right person to start a relationship with. You have to meet, get intimate details (do you find an enclosed lighting fixture and appropriate storage solution for sexy undergarments?) and then find out a year later that although they do not deposit underwear everywhere like an underwear fairy with a vendetta against laundry hampers, they enjoy leaving dirty bowls on any flat visible surface in the vicinity (including the top or your head that one time after drinking). If you think that was the only decision that you have to make: Ha, I laugh at your naiveté, anonymous young professional.
As important as living accommodations and co-habilitation is, another factor you should keep in mind is location. As the tired old idiom goes: location, location, location. Why should location be a significant factor? Because of money. It’s a bit of dual edged sword, though; if you live in an urban hub you’ll probably pay higher rent, but spend less money on transportation (due to the availability of public transportation alternatives). Move away from the urban hub and you’ll be paying lower rent, but transportation will be exponentially more expensive because of a longer commute not only to work but to amenities that suburbs don’t offer (your ever so beloved Bondage Dungeons are generally frowned up in young family housing communities, so don’t even bother looking).
Of course, there is a bit of mid-point: alternative means of transportation, and I don’t mean riding camels in the hope you’ll become a local celebrity and viral video star. I mean alternative means of transportation such as walking or cycling. If you choose a house in walking distance of your house, you won’t have to pay for public transportation thus counter-balancing your higher rent. Alternatively (see what I did there…) if you live a little further away from your workplace, but within a distance that you can ride a bicycle then that can levy the price of transportation. Not to mention that both walking and cycling to work is great for your health, helps you lose weight and are a lot less stressful than sprinting towards a departing subway train.
Do you know of any other considerations young professional should heed when moving away from home? Let us know in the comment section below.