Are You Ready to Move Out? in Lifestyle

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There are many advantages and disadvantages to both moving out on your own and living in the family home. We help you make your decision a little easier...

Should I stay at home?

As tempting as the freedom of your own place might be, in some cases staying at home is the best option - and not only for the appeal of home-cooked meals and getting your washing done!

Everyone's circumstances are different, if your friends are moving out it doesn't mean you have to move out of your family home or the home you grew up in. Many young people move out, then struggle to keep up with rent, utility bills and find themselves constantly struggling to make ends meet. Sometimes it's better to stay at home, save your money towards future accommodation and have more money now to enjoy yourself with.

If things are really bad in your home and you can't sort them out yourself, you might want to try an organisation called Relationships Scotland. Relationships Scotland offer a service called Family Mediation that helps parents who are separating or divorcing make their own arrangements and plans for the future, especially on the subject of their children. You can find more information on the Relationships Scotland website.

Should I move out?

As you get older, living under someone else’s rules gets harder.  You may feel like you need your own space more whether that's to sleep in on a Sat or to spend more time out with friends. 

Many young people who do move out will move back home from time to time. Whether you run out of money, fall out with your roommate or just need a couch to sleep on when you're home visiting friends - if you're lucky - your parents, guardian or carer will welcome you back with open arms. It's best to try and leave home on good terms in case you ever need to move back in the future.

If you do decide it's time to move out then take your time to decide whether you will move out alone, with a friend or partner. You will need to decide where you want to stay and what you can afford. Set yourself a budget of how much you can afford to spend per month on rent, bills and living expenses. This way you will have an idea of what type of accommodation you can afford.

Want to leave but can't afford it?

There are a lot more options available to you than you might think. Some areas might have schemes to help you pay your deposit. You might qualify for housing and council tax benefits. 

If you have financial worries about moving out it may be advisable to seek advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau or Shelter.  Both organisations can offer offer advice and guidance on homelessness, housing options and any potential benefits you may be eligible for.

Frustrated that you can't move out?

The number of young adults living with their parents is on the up.  Evidence revealed in January 2014 suggests over a quarter of young people aged 20 to 34 are living with their parents. Stats from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) highlighted that one in three young men and one in five young women lived with their parents.

Keep living at home that bit more harmonious...

  • Pay what you can afford towards the running of the house.
  • Do your share of cooking, cleaning and washing up.
  • Get out of the house more, try volunteering, getting a job and making time for friends.
  • Work out how much money you need to move out and plan how much you need to save.