Friday, 5 June 2015

The thing I wish I'd known of when moving into my first proper house...

Things change after university and as much as you try to avoid it, stepping into the real world is inevitable. I can think of two paths you can go down when you reach this point; the first being that you move back home to your parents and attempt to find work, the second is that you move out into a new place with a job. I've opted for the second option but know so many people that would rather move home to mum and dad...

Moving into a new house has meant that I've had to work out a whole host of new things which today I'm sharing....

The first thing you should do is check the meter - I'm sure that this is common sense, but the first thing you should do is note down the meter readings are for the gas, electric and water. When you go to register with the gas, electric and water companies they want to know what the meter said so they can bill you from this point. So just remember to jot it down, rather than getting distracted with the thrill of a new place because it will make life ten times easier and you won't get overcharged.

Electric Hobs are a complete pain - I've always had a gas hob up until this point and have always been told that electric hobs are a bit more volatile and a whole lot more of a pain in the arse. I moved in well over a week ago and am still trying to get to use to the new hob (and oven!) and I just can't seem to work it out. Next time, I want a gas hob!

Moving takes an age - and everyone will be stressing - As I sit here now, there is still half a ton of stuff that needs to be boxed and then moved from the old house and even more stuff that needs to be unpacked. That coupled with the fact that I don't know where anything is, is stressing me out, which stresses Jake out, which stresses me out even more.

Me and the Freezer that took up most of my car.
Finding the right flat is all about compromising - I had this vision of where I would be living this year and it certainly wasn't where I am now, on a busy road above a shop, but I would not change my flat for the world. The location may not have been what I'd hoped for, but I'm left living in a bright spacious 1-bed flat that doesn't quite cost the earth. In fact, after comparing it to other flats in the area for the same price, I'd hazard a guess that this one is an absolute steal!

When you go to buy a freezer, the sales people may not take you seriously - We somehow managed to move into a flat that didn't contain a freezer (rookie mistake, I know.) and so have had to go out and buy one which is something we didn't budget for. Anywho, I did my research and worked out which freezer I wanted. After waiting 20 minutes to be served by the sales assistant to get round to serving us (I'm thinking two 21 year olds aren't particularly high on the list of priorities...) we were pretty much laughed. Having said that, we managed to get the freezer, and drive it across town in the back of my KA with no problems at all. I just wish sometimes people wouldn't treat us differently or make assumptions because of our age...

I have learnt a fair bit and am beginning to get the hang of being an adult but I guess at least it should get easier every time I move...

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