Are you ready to move out?…The Quiz!

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by Jennifer and Julianne


No really. This could go really badly if you’re not ready.

Have you seen the video?

Before you make the leap, we wanted to give you some things to think about. Many of these considerations are financial. That is often the biggest barrier to tasting freedom. But we have also addressed a few other relational and logistical considerations.

Ready to move out

1) I have calculated my total monthly expenses for living on my own.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


2) I have a secure job that covers my cost of living.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


3) I have enough money in savings to live for 6 months if I lost my job.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


4) I have calculated the cost of starting in a new place. (New dishes, shower curtain, furniture, etc.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


5) I have planned for larger purchases I will have to make in the next year. (New computer, wardrobe, etc.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


6) I am willing to sacrifice my leisure activities and work to afford living on my own.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


7) I have discussed with my parents what I will be financially responsible for when I move out. (Cell phone, car insurance, Netflix, etc.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


8) I have agreed with my parents what I may take with me when I leave the house. (DVD collection, the X-box, your bed, etc.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


9) I have planned provisions for healthcare. (Staying on your parents’, getting your own through work, etc.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


10) I have reliable transportation.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


11) I have already found a place to live.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


12) I have found roommates to live with.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


13) My roommate(s) and I have discussed our expectations. (Cleanliness, noise level, having over guests, etc.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


14) I am willing to respect authority. (Even though you may get some freedom from the parents, there will always be people you will need to answer to.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


15) I am good at resolving conflict with others.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


16) I am considerate of the needs and desires of others.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


17) I am good at communicating my needs to others.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


18) I am able to stay out of trouble without someone keeping me in line.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


19) I am good at meeting deadlines. (The electric company won’t be as understanding as you might hope.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


20) My parents are supportive, on some level, of my moving out.
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


21) I am willing to consider my parents’ advice about living on my own. (They might drive you nuts, but they’ve been doing this a long time.)
[3] Yes! That’s me. [2] Yeah, that’s mostly true. [1] Sort of. [0] No, not at all.


tally


If you scored 0-21:
Stop. Turn around. Unpack. Even if you feel like you are raring to get out, make sure you count the cost. Take a look at this list and start planning for the steps you will need to take to set yourself up right. Talk with your parents and your boss. Let them know you are taking initiative to get on your feet. Put some feelers out there for roommates who you can trust. And know that your future-self will thank you for planning ahead.


If you scored 22-44 :
You’re getting close. Make sure you double-check your finances. Having real money in hand is much better than assuming the money will be there and hoping it will be enough. Talk with your parents, your boss, and your potential roommates. Miscommunication is the cause of most conflict and disappointment. If everyone is on the same page, the entire transition will go much smoother.


If you scored 45-63:
It looks like you might just be ready! Congrats. If you’ve done your research, saved up some cash, and communicated with your parents, boss and roommates, you have definitely saved yourself a lot of heartache and uncertainty. If and when you do move out, make sure you do your best to leave on a good note. Ask your parents lots of questions. You’ll need their wisdom. Don’t burn bridges, if you can help it. And enjoy the adventure!


No, you can’t plan for everything. And it’s important to give yourself room to make mistakes. We all do. Moving out, like anything, has a learning curve. We hope this will give you a little cheat sheet.


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