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No one likes to be alone all the time. Fear of being alone is what keeps some people from moving out of their parents’ house. It’s also why some people refuse to move out of an apartment. Although neighbors may change more frequently at an apartment complex, there’s always someone nearby.
It can be comforting to know that as soon as you exit your apartment, there’s a good chance that you’ll have someone to talk with about the latest sports game, hit song or popular movie. When you live in an apartment, you may also run into more people who share the same hobby or passion that you love.
You don’t have to feel alone just because you live on your own
Loneliness may have absolutely nothing to do with preferring apartment living or staying at home with family. It could be a strong appreciation for people that’s behind the pull to stay near others. If this sounds like you and you do want to own a house of your own, there are housing options that accommodate your make-up.
You could move into a communal home. Before you take this move, get to know the other tenants. Also, find out what the legal ownership agreements are. It’s important that you feel comfortable with each person living at the house. Really think this option over, especially if you have children. Some people love living in a communal home. If you stay at hostels when you travel abroad, this might be a good option for you.
Another option is to buy a house with a friend or a relative. For example, if you have a sibling or a cousin who you trust and are close with, you could buy a house with this person. Make sure that the person you sign a mortgage with has steady employment, is responsible for herself and respects your space. Because they are a relative, you already know many of the people who are close to the person, eliminating the need to get acquainted with strangers.
If you do buy a house by yourself, a row house could do wonders. Row houses are attached homes that offer an apartment feel. You may not hear your neighbors from inside your home. Plus, when you step on your front or back porch, you can chat with your neighbors without having to cross the yard. What you probably won’t have is a large front of back yard.
Condos and mobile homes are other properties that can keep you from feeling like an island. As with any house, look for a condo or mobile home that is near shops,businesses, entertainment, worship centers and other facilities that you use regularly. After all, you don’t only want to live in a house that’s close to other people, you want to live in a community that puts you near the very things that you love.
To truly feel connected to others, get out and meet your neighbors. Make speaking with your neighbors a habit. You could even start a neighborhood block party. Who knows? One of your neighbors could become a life long best friend.
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Moving is stressful at the best of times. But when you’re moving across the country rather than across town, it adds to the number of preparations you’ll need to make.
In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to best prepare for your long-distance move, whether it’s across the state, across the country, or to another country altogether.
Packing and moving
One of the biggest concerns you’ll have during a long distance move is the condition of your belongings.
If you’re using a moving company, you’ll want to make sure you trust them to handle your belongings with care. To ensure that they’re responsible movers, read over their reviews online. It’s also a good idea to review their contracts and to make sure you have enough insurance to cover any costly damages or losses. Speaking of moving companies, be sure to shop around to find out which one offers the best prices and delivery windows.
When it comes to packing your items, air on the side of caution and start boxing items well in advance of your move. Not only is it a good idea to label your boxes by room, but you should put your name and contact information on your boxes if they’re being shipped by a large moving company.
Remember that not everything needs to be in boxes. Soft items like clothing and towels can easily be packed in trash bags, suitcases, and duffel bags. You’ll be able to squeeze in more items and they’ll take up less space in the moving truck.
When filling the moving truck, be sure your fragile items aren’t the top box on a stack of boxes. Similarly, you don’t want fragile belongings underneath too many heavy boxes. Your movers likely have their own way of securing boxes, so be sure to indicate to them which boxes are the most fragile with labels.
Downsize your belongings
The month leading up to your move is a good time to sell or donate items you no longer use. It could save you space on the moving truck, and you could earn a few extra dollars before your big move.
Larger items should be your top priority. Bicycles, lawnmowers, and other big items that you’ve been thinking of replacing can be sold now and you can buy new ones at your future home. However, don’t discount the weight and size of things like DVD and book collections. Many people lug around bookcases from house to house and hardly ever touch the books on them. Furthermore, technology like Kindle and Netflix are making owning physical copies of your media less of a necessity.
Before you start packing the rest of your items into moving boxes, make sure you set aside a “survival kit” filled with your daily use items. Things like cell phone chargers, glasses and contacts, and sanitary items should be in your vehicle or carry on, not in the moving truck.
Moving is expensive, but there are a number of ways you can squeeze some savings out of the experience. First, take advantage of free boxes from local stores and restaurants. Then, ask for friends and family to help you pack rather than hiring professionals, offer them lunch in exchange for their help.
When it comes to getting to your new home, don’t rule out flying as being the most expensive option. Hotels, gas, and eating out add up quickly if you’re making a road trip out of your move.
Finally, see if your move is tax-deductible. If you’re relocating for work, there’s a chance some of your moving expenses will be. If so, be sure to keep all of your receipts along the way.