@earthmama YAY HOW EXCITING!!! I’m so happy for you!
I agree with @sextronaut about the putting money aside thing. I’ve been living out of home for 10 years now and it’s been a hugeeee help putting a little bit aside each week in preparation for bill day (or emergencies!)
If you’re sharehousing, be prepared for conflict. That sounds really dramatic, but what I mean is even if you’re moving in with friends or people you know, it’s likely you’ll run into issues at some point. Learning how to deal with that in a safe and positive way is important, so I’d recommend having open communication with housemates if that’s what is happening.
I’ve lived in a share house before with and without friends so many mixed experiences but letting people know how I feel if I’ve had a problem has worked out great. I live on my own now which is also great haha!
1. Budget, but over-estimate the costs! This way you’ll have a kind of safety net if things end up going over.
2. Explore your area! This is just a fun tip to like, get you connected with where you live? I’ve found it makes renting feel more like home if I’m better orientated with my community.
3. Verge hunt for furniture!!! BUT NO MATRESSES oh god no matresses. I took a risk with one once and bed bugs are so real !!!!!