How to go From Living With Roommates to Living Alone
Ready to make the move from living with roommates to living alone? It’s not as scary as you might think.
Facing Your Fears
Whether you’ve grown apart or maybe never really clicked to begin with, the time will come where you think “What would it be like to watch Netflix in my skivvies whenever I want?” Though reasoning may vary, you’ll undoubtedly face a challenge that may not seem worth it. It might seem scary, financially (eek — all those fees!), or daunting, personally (who will I talk to after the gym?). But this is a different world we live in. Gone are the days where you have to hire a broker, give up more money than you make, and pray to the Tiki gods that you’re not going to commute 2 hours to work. You can takeover existing leases from people, just like you, that had to move because of a job or wanted to move because of a marriage. Assure yourself that people do this all the time and then allow us to assure you that you can, too.
Pulling The Trigger
So, where do you start? Well, first thing’s first: your finances. No doubt, it’s easy to want to stay in a roommate situation because it’s easy on your bank account. Split rent in the West Village, half the utilities, and all-you-can-watch access to your roommate’s brother’s sister’s parent’s HBO Go login? You’ve definitely saved some coin. Pull out your trusty calculator and figure out how much you can comfortably spend a month on rent. You undoubtedly know how much you have to work with but be sure not to forget the little things when figuring it all out –the extra high-speed internet, cell phone bill, and happy hour budgets have a tendency to add up very fast. Once you know just how much you’re looking to spend, you can use to Flip to find the perfect starter apartment of your own. You’ve probably heard your friends and family talk in depth about being approved for apartments before. A lot of landlords have a lot of different requirements, from big to small, and you never really know what they might require of you. Since they are all different, Flip has created the Flip Report, allowing us to easily prequalify you by the most common landlord standards. It’s super easy, convenient, and the best part is that once you’ve done it, you’re good to go to express your interest in any lease posted on Flip. Once you’ve submitted for your Flip Report, it’s time for the fun part to begin –the lease search! You can easily adjust your apartment search for your budget and important things like when the lease is available or your favorite neighborhood. Found o̶n̶e̶ six you like? Starting to sweat a little this close to committing to such a big thing? Take a deep breath.
Testing The Waters
One of the coolest things about taking over the remainder of someone’s lease is that you can try out living alone on your own before making the jump to a more lengthy commitment. You can easily see how many months remain on a lease, directly on every Flip listing. Very useful for maybe testing out a studio on the Upper East Side for 3 months or a “junior” one bedroom in Chelsea for 1 month. Such a small commitment allows you to see if you like living alone, can afford it, or like your new ‘hood. Since you are already pre-qualified with your Flip Report, most landlords will be happy to have you sign a new lease when the previous one is ending. How many people do you know that can say they took their apartment for a trial run before fully making it their home?
A New Era
Flip allows you to branch out from your roommate days, allowing you try out living alone, without fear of long-term lease commitment. In the end maybe you miss having an easy go-to brunch partner or sharing an apartment with 3 others so that you can live in SoHo. That’s cool. The best part? You can use Flip to find the perfect roommate situation, too.