When searching for a new apartment and planning a move, it’s important to stay positive and keep a few things in mind, especially when you’re looking to live with craigslist strangers. Ahem …
- Owner-occupied buildings can lead to future hassle. Love the experience of living with your parents, minus the love and free food? Well then go ahead, dummy. Rent a room in an owner-occupied building. Live in the unit right above the landlord and his family, too. I dare ya.
- Do the people you’ll be sharing a living space with have substance abuse problems? Do you? It’s important to make sure that everyone’s on the same page!
- Wait, there’s laundry in the unit? Check for hidden cameras. If something seems too good to be true, then you just may be on a prank show, or in this sicko’s secret “kill house.” Be alert when entering a stranger’s home, and always keep a weapon handy (and visible).
- Don’t get too stressed! You have plenty of time. And what’s the worst-case scenario, really? Homelessness? Moving back in with your parents? Who cares! It’s all a part of life’s grand adventure.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff! Eventually you, and everyone you know, will die. In death, there is no pain. I like to think of it as a “space womb” in which things like fear, anxiety and moving into a new apartment are no longer the masters of your now-ceased existence!
Well, I hope that helped! I know I sure feel better.