How to Move Out of Your Parents' House
November 23, 2010 11:12 PM Subscribe
I want to move out of my parents' place so I can get on with being an adult. Please help me figure out what I need to know in order to do it!
posted by patronuscharms to home & garden (41 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I am trying to establish a battle plan so that by February or March, I can move into my own place. My ideal is obviously a place entirely to myself, because I have lived with people my entire life and I am tired of the constant human interaction (read: slowly becoming something of a misanthrope) but I am still inexorably tied to my parents’ finances, insurance, and lives and I feel trapped, no matter how wonderful and loving my parents are. (And they totally understand my desire to move... They're just not helping me get there as much as I'd like.)
Please help me figure out as many things as I possibly can that will help me prepare for this big transition so that I can disengage from the apron strings that are beginning to strangle me.
• What should I know about moving out?
• What things may I not be thinking of that I am going to have to start paying for?
• How can I do this and remain debt free?
• What skills should I start developing so that I don’t have to rely on my parents when I move out?
• What do you wish someone had told YOU when you did the Great Move into Adulthood?
FWIW, I am in my early 20s, female, in SoCal, currently self-employed with a retail job at the local Apple store. I have a small savings, and I have lived with roommates of some sort since freshman year of college and I can’t do it anymore. I have no debt, good credit, my own car (a gift from my parents), and I pay for one credit card each month. The other credit cards are “family” cards that my parents are willing to let me disengage from as soon as I have a reasonable steady income. I can cook, clean, and keep house fairly well, so I’m not crazy worried about that aspect of taking care of my life. It’s more the finances and unknown details that I’d like to know before I up and move myself to some apartment in the near future.