You always know it was never going to be easy, but never in your wildest dreams did you figure it would be this difficult. In fact, to call it difficult would be a massive understatement, one that every bachelor who has ever tried living on their own can relate to.
“Are you married?”
“Do you drink?”
“Do you smoke?”
“Are you a non-vegetarian?”
Let’s not kid ourselves: a single mans odds of finding a unicorn are sometimes higher than his odds of finding an apartment to live in. It isn’t just the task of finding an apartment either, because at the end of the day, convincing the landlord can seem next to impossible. If you think it stops there, think again. Because once you do sign the terms on the lease, a multitude of issues are almost guaranteed to follow. Don’t fret though, since the following measures are certain to help mitigate the problems:
Keep Your Expectations Low-
If you’re renting an apartment for the first time ever, there’s a good chance it isn’t going to be your dream flat, unless of course you’re on lady lucks good books. So, odds are, you’re going to have to dial down on your demands, or put up with a roommate or two.
Empty All your Queries-
When is rent due every month and what is the grace period? Who’s in charge of paying maintenance? What happens at the end of the lease? Are you allowed the liberty to indulge in your vices or have female friends over? What about their stance pets?
It’s absolutely crucial that you’re on the same page as your landlord right from the very beginning. The last thing you need is to be ambushed with surprises you can do without or other issues after you’ve moved in.
Choose an Unfurnished Apartment-
If you’re wondering why this is, a fully furnished apartment is guaranteed to be way more expensive than an unfurnished one. Secondly, the furniture and essentials are already picked out and you’ve no option but to make do with it. Moreover, there is no way you can possibly know anything about the living habits of the previous tenant, so there’s the possibility of pests and damaged furniture.
Rent Your Furniture-
If you’re striking out by yourself for the first time, it makes very little sense to buy brand new furniture. With fantastic services like free installation, maintenance, and delivery opting to rent lets you mold your house just the way you want to.
Be Smart about Your Budget-
Last but certainly not the least, an issue that most guys have in common is budgeting. Having a detailed account of where and how you spend your money can be invaluable in a lot of ways. Whether that is in helping tracking your spending, help keep overspending in check, and often is how most people learn to be frugal. Budgeting is definitely one of the best things anybody can do, most of all people who are living on their own for the first time.