I’m writing this in utter shock of just how quickly the last few months have flown by. We are still very much adjusting to rented life (don’t even get me started on the battle I’m having to START paying our council tax – what the heck!), but it’s been several months of adulting to the max.
Renting was never on our agenda originally, in fact, it was actually something we wanted to avoid, partly because of the stigma associated with wasting your money on rent, and partly because we were prioritising saving to buy our own place. So, it’s interesting to compare our current situation to what we thought we wanted! It’s a huge learning curve.
If you’re thinking of going into rented accommodation of some sort or just fancy a quick read, I thought it would be useful to share my perspective on being a rented tenant.
All in all, the main thing I have learnt through the whole process is to change my perspective on things and take life as it comes. Because we needed to move from our previous living situation quite quickly, we went from saving for a house to looking at rented apartments, and it originally felt as though our dreams of buying our first home in the near future were shattered. And, although they kinda were, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing anymore…
We always knew that when we did move, we wanted to move to the Harrogate area. It’s a town we know and love and the place I work, so it was a natural fit. So when we moved to rented, we wanted to take the opportunity to live in the centre of Harrogate and try out a central location. It might be something we can’t afford when we buy or it might end up being a location we don’t want to stay in long-term, but at least we don’t have to commit to buying a property before we try it. So really, rental life is proving to be a brilliant opportunity to experience life in this location!
Bills are a Mindf***
We were previously living rent-free (the dream) in a rural apartment that Keiran was given as part of his job, and we were lucky enough to not have bills either. As a result, we had near to no experience of sorting out bills and energy suppliers and what-not, and there really is little to prepare you for it.
Literally, you’re chucked into the world of adulting with no guidance or information whatsoever. If it wasn’t for the advice of my parents, I wouldn’t know that we could price compare energy suppliers and not just stick with the one already in place, or chase the council to sort out our council tax (our property is newly residential so it wasn’t set up already), or know that it takes flippin’ ages to get your Wi-Fi sorted. But if I didn’t have them, we would’ve been pretty screwed.
A huge faff was sorting out our energy supplier as it was costing us an arm and a leg, and it really blows my mind how hard it is to leave a supplier when you’ve essentially just set one up. However, if there’s one thing I can recommend, switch to Bulb. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it’s renewable, and it’s the only good thing that we’ve managed to get out of all the stress of bills and suppliers! (You get a free £50 from the referral link I have included too, you’re welcome).
So, yeah, that’s our rented life experience so far, in a nutshell. I can’t say I’m enjoying (or coping) with paying rent and bills, but it’s a learning curve and it’s making me even more motivated when it comes to my career and blog. Everything falls into place eventually, and the last few months have been the best ever in terms of our living situation!