If you’re a member of the demographic group commonly recognized as “millennials” — born from 1981 to 1997 — you’ve probably noticed that there’s already plenty of stereotypes about your generation. For instance: you waste too much money on lavish brunches; you gawk at your smartphone screen all day; and, perhaps most insultingly, you’re more than content freeloading off your mother and father instead of going out and being on your own.
Whether or not you spend too much time browsing through your social media feeds while eating $20 avocado toast with friends, the stereotype of millennials remaining at home for too long is a myth more often than not. A survey found that about 60 percent of millennials live somewhere other than their hometown, and more than 80 percent have relocated at some point in their lives, other than moving for college.
Although earlier generations of Americans relocated almost solely for pragmatic reasons, millennials are just as prone to move for lifestyle reasons or to experience somewhere different as they are to move for a new career. Far from the common understanding, millennials are less likely than previous generations to be anchored to where their parents live.
However, just because you’re willing and ready to make a significant change such as moving, doesn’t mean you’re fully ready for the experience. You may be ready to plunge feet first into the adventure of moving from your dorm to your first apartment, but you presumably have a lot of questions about the process. How much money will you need to move out of your parents’ house? How can you cohabitate with a roommate without going insane or arguing over shared tasks? How will you meet new friends in your new neighborhood?
The accompanying guide includes many millennial moving tips that can be very insightful for young people looking to relocate for the first, second or even third time. Even though you’re better prepared for the world of the future than past generations ever were, there are a lot of major life experiences that school doesn’t prepare you for, and moving is one of them.
For example, if you’re thinking of buying a home, you may not be thinking about saving for a down payment, but it’s one of the most crucial things you can do. Starting to save as soon as possible is essential for making sure you can achieve your goals. You’ll also need to start considering making a budget for yourself to avoid struggling with your bills.
Once you take the leap and join your new community, you’ll need to know how to make new friends and establish new connections. That’s why this moving guide also includes some tips about searching for a roommate you can live with, as well as how to meet friends when moving to a new area.
As a millennial, you’re more accepting of new experiences than somebody in your parents’ generation, but being open to a different experience and being ready for it are two separate things.
Browse this guide to make sure you’re prepared for the reality of moving.
About Kate Houston: Kate is Director of Client Services at Ward North American. She attended Minot State University, and has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation and relocation industry.