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Pros and Cons of Apartment Living on Your Own

If you're like most people, you've had a family to count on and live with since birth. However, with adulthood catching up, you'll have to move out sooner or later. In most cases, this move is often forced upon you for one key reason: the need to relocate to a different location for college or work. However, it may also come down to an innate desire to begin venturing out from home.

Regardless of your reason for moving out, understanding the benefits of living alone is essential. It will help you decide whether having roommates is a good choice or you'd rather have total autonomy. If that's the case, this article is what you need. It explores the pros and cons of living alone, giving you a perfect picture of what to expect with each option.

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The Benefits of Living Alone

While it may be intimidating, living alone has undeniable benefits. Of course, you'll need some time to adjust to the change, but once you do, you'll enjoy the following:

Complete Independence and Control

As you know, when you are under your parent's roof, you'll have to abide by their house rules. Even if living with a roommate has fewer restrictions, you'll still have to make some concessions to accommodate them. However, this is not the case when living alone. You'll have total autonomy with the freedom to live and set routines and rules as you wish.

Privacy Whenever You Want

As you handle your professional or academic responsibilities, you may need some alone time from time to time to recharge your batteries. While you may have separate rooms, this may not be possible when you have roommates. Whether it's their music, conversations, or guests, something must come up to disrupt your solitude. But you can avoid all these hassles and relax without disruptions by having a house to yourself.

No Need for Compromises When It Comes to Meals and Entertainment

When you have roommates, you'll all need to agree when watching movies or deciding on meals. This means you may have to watch movie genres or eat foods you otherwise wouldn't.

Decorate as You Wish

Home decor is one of the most unique methods of self-expression. It offers a glimpse of your personality and style that you may be unable to showcase when you have roommates. When you have an apartment to yourself, you won't have to worry about anyone numbing out your style. From bright colors to subtle tones, you can decorate your personal space as you wish.

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You'll find a Clean and Neat Apartment When You Come Back Home

There's something therapeutic about coming home tired and finding your house clean and neat. It gives off a welcoming aura that allows you to begin relaxing the moment you walk in. Depending on the type of roommates you have, you may never experience this feeling as you may consistently find the house disorganized.

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Disadvantages of Living Alone

With the benefits of living alone now firmly in your mind, it's understandable if you want to go apartment hunting immediately. However, you must also recognize the challenges you'll face living alone.

Feelings of Loneliness from Time to Time

The good thing about living with others is that there will always be light moments to share. But when you're alone with few social interactions, it's easy to get lonely. As an introvert, it's easy to assume you're immune to this, but that's not necessarily true. Data shows that roughly 30% of people who live alone report feeling lonely at some point. The good thing is that you can navigate this challenge by maintaining a vibrant and social lifestyle outside your apartment.

You're Solely Responsible for Bills and Chores

A key part of adulthood is having more responsibility. Aside from the rent, you'll have to pay numerous other bills, including groceries, amenities, cleaning, WI-FI, etc. Managing all these bills alone can significantly drain your personal finances, leaving you with little funds for enjoyment.

Being Alone Comes with Safety Concerns

One of the biggest disadvantages of living alone that's often not considered is increased safety concerns. There won't be anyone around you to notice when you forget to switch off the stove or perform the Heimlich maneuver when choking. These seemingly meaningless risks can have catastrophic outcomes when you're alone. Therefore, aside from being extra cautious, take necessary precautions to protect yourself from potential emergencies.

You May Struggle to Cope If You're an Extrovert

Extroverts thrive on hanging out with friends and constant engagement. So, if you classify yourself as one, don't decide to live alone lightly. Consider building a robust social network within your community and identifying activities to participate in. In addition, avoid spending long periods alone at home to make coping easier.

Tips for Finding the Right Roommate

As mentioned, having a roommate comes with various benefits. Along with a social element, they'll also reduce your financial burden. However, you need the right roommate for this arrangement to be worthwhile.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right roommate:

  • Know what you want from shared living: Having a clear and reasonable picture of what you expect from having a roommate will make it easy to choose
  • Give yourself enough time to find a roommate: When you leave your search for a roommate for the last minute, you won't have the luxury of being picky
  • Look for matching temperaments: While you don't have to be friends, you and your roommate should be able to communicate and interact in a healthy manner

It All Starts With the Perfect Home

Whether you want the benefits of living alone or choose to have a roommate, the apartment you choose will set the tone for your experience after moving out. This is why Silver Lake Hills Apartments is the ideal place for the next chapter of your life. Our amenities are designed with you in mind. Reach out to us today to schedule a tour of our lovely properties with modern amenities in a family-friendly setting.