So you’ve decided to live on your own. Congratulations!
I hope you’ll find it as fulfilling and carefree as I do. There are a million things to prepare when you decide to move out on your own, and you will have to take care of most of them yourself.
Everyone knows that you need to organise utilities and furniture before the big move day. What else is there?
Here are some friendly reminders to consider tasks that are often overlooked.
You’re on your own and you cut yourself on meal prep Sunday. What will you do? What if you trip and break a bone? What happens then?
We never want to imagine the worst, but it might just save you. I highly recommend getting to know your neighbours and making sure they or your building manager has a copy of your emergency contacts.
Each council and municipality has different rules from how many pets you’re allowed to have to when it’s your bin day and where you’re supposed to park. If you live in an apartment like I do, you might be subject to even more restrictions.
Make sure you read the community rules carefully and know who to contact if you have any questions.
Check for Defects
Whether you’re renting or buying, make sure you carefully inspect for defects. The last thing you want to do is have to fix any defects that you are not responsible for, or try to put up with a leaking air conditioner unit for two years.
Take photos and collect proof of any defects and lodge them immediately. Unfortunately, the more time after the completion of a building, it becomes more difficult to get a construction company to respond and take responsibility. Take it from me, I got suckered with an extra 1K+ bill for body corporate because the legal fees and improvements to the building had ballooned over the budget.
Good luck and happy living!
I’m always met with surprise when I tell people I live on my own. There’s the preliminary ‘Oh, but you’re so young’ surprise but also the ‘How come?’ question right behind it.
In the end, all my favourite things about living alone, are just facets of being alone. Here are the top three things I love about living alone.
Freedom & Autonomy
We all spend so much time being careful and considerate of others in social and work settings, that having that time to be selfish is incredibly valuable.
I can have spontaneous dinner parties and make up voices for my cat without a care. I love not having to consider anyone else at home. I can do whatever I want, whenever I want without being a disturbance to anybody else or have anyone judge me.
I come and leave knowing that nobody’s sleep is disturbed. I don’t have to report my social activities to anyone. I choose exactly how I want my space to look. I could go on forever.
I know that everything that happens at home is a direct result of my own actions. I take responsibility because if I don’t, no one else will.
If you’ve lived with anyone else, you have negotiated who does the chores on the polite end of the spectrum, and on a bad day you’ve fought over whose mess is whose to clean up.
I’ve never felt cheated because I had to do more than my fair share of dishes nor felt guilty for leaving the bathroom in a mess.
I enjoy my own peace.
Nobody disturbs me. Anyone who has had a roommate in a relationship might understand that it’s never pleasant to be subject to that certain awkward situation where you don’t have anywhere better to be, but don’t want to stay and listen to their rambunctious love making.
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