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!