Queuing for the bathroom, arguing about what time you have to come in, not being able to eat what you want. Living at home with your family can make you wonder if you might be better off going it alone.
Before you pack up your stuff and head to your own place, we count down the five questions you need to ask yourself before you make the move.
Can I afford it?
Getting your own place is an expensive business. If you’re renting privately, you’ll need to find a deposit, which can be the cost equivalent of six weeks’ rent, rent for the first month and cash to get yourself some household items.
If you want to rent from the council, you’ll have to wait a while and even then you’ll still have the running costs to think about. You’ll have to pay bills like water, gas, electricity, telephone and Council Tax as well as paying out money for food shopping and clothes.
Will I get lonely?
Your family might drive you mad now, but you’d be surprised at how much you miss them if you move out. Even if you’re sharing with others, they will have their own lives to lead and you might find you have more time on your hands than before. If you really think you’ll be OK alone, maybe you are ready.
Can I look after myself properly?
While you might just about be able to get yourself up on time, what about the rest of the things living away from home entails? Living on your own sounds like fun but it can also be pretty humdrum when you’re watching your washing spin round in the launderette.
You’ll be cooking for yourself and will need to clean up the place from time to time. Are your domestic skills up to it? If not, you should get a bit of cookery training in; take a look online for easy recipes.
Will I be better off?
Think of all the things you like and don’t like about living at home and then think about living in a place of your own.
Will you be better off without the things you don’t like more can you put up with them until you’re 100% ready to make the jump from home comforts to independent living?
Should I wait?
Maybe the things which are bugging you about being at home right now can be sorted out without you having to resort to leaving. Talk to your parents about how you’re feeling and they might give you more independence.