Even if your parents are not overprotective, the thought of their young adult child moving out can be scary. In fact, they might put up some resistance to the idea if they feel you are not ready. However, moving out is one of the first key steps to "adulting" and unless you are going to stay with your parents until your own kids are asking you when you plan to move, now is the time to do it. To help with forcing yourself out of the nest, here are some tips on renting your first apartment:
Make a Plan
Creating a plan to move might sound like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised to know how many young adults find themselves overwhelmed with renting an apartment because they did not plan. Planning is not only a chance for you to prepare, but it is an opportunity to make your parents feel better. They might feel less anxious if you can show them exactly how you plan to pay for and manage your own apartment.
Your plan should consider your job and the money you currently have in the bank. You want to be sure you have enough for emergency situations. Of course, your parents are the unofficial backup plan, but you need something on paper to show them you are serious.
Find the Right Neighborhood
You might be comfortable living anywhere, but you must be realistic. You do not want your parents worried that parking in your neighborhood is a risk that could lead to them taking a bus back home. You need a neighborhood that is nice and safe.
A real estate agent can come in handy. He or she likely knows the fears that parents have and can help you find an apartment that will not only meet their standards but is within your own price range. He or she can also help you locate a neighborhood that is near your interests and that features a great coffeehouse.
Be Smart About the Lease
One of the worst mistakes you could make is signing the lease for your new apartment without reading it. Finding out that your pet pig Sparky was not welcome after you have moved in is less ideal. For your parents—who will have to take in Sparky—it is even less than thrilling.
If you do not understand any aspect of your lease, ask your real estate agent for help. You can even ask your parents so that they still feel needed. Contact a company like Miami Apartment Rentals for more information and assistance.