Where do you find an apartment? Newspaper Online (apartments.com) Magazines avaliable @ supermarket Friends Family Real estate companies Signs
Checking out an apartment 1.Can you afford the rent? 30% of monthly income security deposit- one-time payment usually equal to one months rent 2.Does the rent include utlities? Gas, electric, phone, cable, garbage, & water 3.What are the terms of the lease? Lease- written agreement between landlord (owner) and tenant (renter) outlining rights and responsiblities of each
Checking out an apartment… 4.Does the apartment look and smell clean? 5.Is everything in good repair? 6.What furnishings are provided? 7.Is the apartment safe? 8.Is the location convenient to places you go frequently?
How will you furnish the apartment? Friends and family Thrift and discount stores Start with needs (not wants) This might take time
Other Housing Options 1.Renting a room in a home- in exchange for chores 2.Sleeping room- variation of a home sharing. Single room, shares bathroom and kitchen rights
Living with a roommate AdvantagesDisadvantages Shared expenses Companionship Security Privacy Personality types Things to Consider: 1.Decide beforehand how to divide expenses and household tasks. 2.What do you do with joint bought furnishings? 3.Agree on a code of conduct. 4.Respect each others privacy. 5.Show consideration. 6.Keep a sense of humor.
Moving Back Home Economics Need more guidance Recover from stress & pain of divorce Lengthy illness or injury Might pay rent in exchange for no rules Not permanent Communication is important
Chapter 25.2 Managing on Your Own Autonomy- ability to direct your life independently Finances: 1.Income 2.Spending/ Savings *Budget
Managing On Your Own Nutrition and Health 1.What food to buy 2.Exercise 3.Doctor Transportation 1.Buy a car, public transportation, bike, walk 2.Upkeep
Managing on Your Own Enrichment: What will you do for fun? Relationships: Building satisfying relationships can be a challenge for singles, especially if they live alone. Getting to know others might take more effort and creativity.
Developing a Way of Life The kind of life you choose will be based on your values and your heritage. Your experiences with family members and others will also influence the way you live. Finding a way of life in which you feel comfortable and confident-and finding people to share it-is the essential challenge & opportunity of living on your own.