Renting is something not a lot of people like to do, but most of the population around the world live in rented accommodation. It’s one of the cheapest ways to live whilst still allowing you all the freedom you could want, as well as all the utilities you could need. A lot of people would argue that’s all we really need from the roof over our head!
But sometimes it’s not enough. But at the same time, you can’t afford to own your own house, and there’s no sight of a mortgage on the horizon. And all that means you’re got to upgrade! You’ve got an apartment, but it’s not fitting your needs anymore, and now you need somewhere bigger and better. Don’t worry, the move is going to be easier than you think!
So you’ve already conquered living in your first apartment, but what about when the time comes to move on from that? You’ve already calculated all the costs and you know you can afford this kind of jump up, and you’re looking forward to the greater independence. But there’s still those doubts at the back of your mind; let’s quash them right now with some of the points below.
It’s an Upgrade, and That’s Something to Celebrate
If you can move into a bigger apartment, in a quieter area, that’s closer to your work than before, you deserve to celebrate the decision. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and now it’s starting to pay off! So whilst you may not be moving into a Penthouse apartment, you’ve still got a new home that’s better than your old one. You don’t have to have star quality, you can work with whatever you’re moving into to make it seem like a place that’s worthy of you.
Open up that bottle of champagne your mom gave to you that you’ve been saving, or run yourself a nice bath and have a good night in. Don’t overthink your decision, and let yourself bask in the glory. Having one last hurrah in your current place isn’t going to hurt anyone, and it means any homesickness is going to be properly addressed just before you leave.
You’ll Probably Have a Lot More Freedom
If you’re still living in your first apartment, there’s a good chance you moved hastily with the simple need of having a place of your own. Maybe you moved into an apartment that was smaller than you thought, and the lights flicker at least twice a day; you just wanted the independence! At the same time, there’s a good chance you’ve got a roommate, and the both of you work to afford the roof over your head. But now the time to move has come, and that often means you’re going to have a lot more freedom than you did before.
Even if the both of you need to move together, and let’s face it you wouldn’t want another roommate if you’re the best of friends, where you’re going will better accommodate both of your needs. Bigger rooms, better wifi signal, more hot water. Whatever it is you’ve been lacking as a pair in your current place, you’re going to see remarkably improved in your new apartment.
If you’re going alone, there’s some great opportunities for privacy here! No more roommate and an entire apartment to yourself, there’s so much you could get up to. Put up all the pictures and posters you want, customise the kitchen whatever way you like, cook some spaghetti at 3am if the fancy takes you. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there, and now you can too.
There’s a New Neighborhood to Discover
Exploring a neighborhood always leads you to some hidden gems, whether that’s a corner shop with your favorite candy or a beautiful field to go early morning jogging through. And you’ve also got a whole new host of people to get to know. If you were lacking from a little social interaction in your last place, this is your chance to remedy that.
Scope out your new landscape before you properly move in to make sure you get a proper lay of the land. If you know what direction to go round the block if you’re taking the dog for a walk, you’re going to be less anxious about getting out and about without enough phone data to track your way back home.
‘But I don’t have a pet’ we hear you ask. Well, that could be just another thing that makes your moving plans a whole lot easier…
You Might Be Allowed a Pet!
Pets are something that every human wants at a point in their life, and connecting with animals is something that can make us incredibly happy. So if you weren’t allowed a pet in your old place, it’s time to look into the landlord allowances in the place you’re planning to end up! Of course it’s another money worry, but you don’t have to have a cat or dog to your name, as even the smallest of hamsters or a couple of bunnies can make you feel a lot more comfortable in your new apartment.
For animal lovers out there, this is going to be a huge consideration in where they go to next, and if the apartment you’re looking at doesn’t allow pets, it might be an idea to go elsewhere. A no pet rule can be a sign of an extremely strict landlord after all, and then even the slightest scratch in the wall means you have to pay so much more!
It Really Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
If you’re ambivalent over whether you should take the plunge and go from one renting situation to another, know you’re making the right decision for your needs if you choose to do so. You get a better place to live and a better deal, and it’s so much more affordable than trying to buy your own house. Start packing and start writing to your landlord!