What are the merits and demerits of living alone? I also checked the average rent and living expenses, the required savings and initial costs
Hello Able is the agent. The other day, there was a customer who said, “Tell me about the advantages and disadvantages of living alone.” If there is something you can imagine, there are many things that are not.
In this article, we will introduce the advantages and disadvantages of life for people who are living alone for the first time, and the initial costs. Please help us find your room.
What are the tips for living alone? Tell me how to move cheaply and how to save!
This is my first living alone. Please tell me where you can live.
Table of contents for this question
1 What are the benefits of living alone? Fun and charm when living alone
1.1 Living alone is free. I don’t tell anyone
1.2 Unlimited baggage
1.3 Interior and interior can be taken out with hobbies
1.4 Acquiring household management such as living expenses and social expenses
1.5 Learn domestic skills such as self-catering and washing
1.6 More playgrounds with friends
1.7 Searching for a room goes well
1.8 Make it easy to go to your favorite area
1.9 Easy commuting and attending school
1.10 Become familiar with unknown areas and cities
2 What are the disadvantages of living alone? Difficulties when living alone
2.1 Everything is your responsibility
2.2 Many times you have to manage yourself
2.3 It costs money anyway
2.4 Rice does not come out automatically
2.5 Renewal of rental contracts and procedures are difficult
2.6 Housework takes a lot of time
2.7 When I catch a cold
2.8 No one will say back
2.9 Life rhythm is easily disturbed
2.10 High risk of oversleeping
3 Costs required to start living alone
3.1 1R or 1K is common for living alone
3.2 What is the initial cost of moving?
3.3 What is the initial cost for preparing furniture appliances?
3.4 What are your living expenses and savings after you start living?
3.5 What is the average remittance amount for university students?
3.6 Living costs can be reduced by cooking
4 Cost-saving points when living alone
4.1 Save 30,000 yen if you cook it!
4.2 Furniture is recycled and gifts reduce initial costs
4.3 Search for properties with low initial costs
5 Living alone is both free and difficult. Get started systematically
What are the benefits of living alone? Fun and charm when living alone
Living alone is free. I don’t tell anyone
It may be the best merit. You can decide how to use the time and how to spend time in the room.
In the case of parents’ homes, there are many people who have limited space for luggage, such as sharing a room with their brothers or not having their own room. If you live alone, you can leave all your luggage and hobbies.
The interior and interior can be taken out with hobbies.
You can freely buy curtains, furniture, etc. if you buy them yourself. Even those who have thought that their homes are tatami mats and stylish furniture don’t suit you can choose your own interior by living in a flooring room when you live alone!
Acquire household management such as living expenses and social expenses
You will not only pay for rent and utilities, but you will also manage your own food expenses, so you will get a sense of money. Many people wake up to savings when they live alone.
Acquire housework skills such as self-catering and washing
If you were living at home, your parents may have been cleaning and washing. If you live alone, you will not be able to eat out every day, so you have to cook yourself.
You may struggle at first, but as you repeat the process, your skills should gradually become less painful. Think of it as a bride training in anticipation of future marriage.
More playgrounds with friends
You can call people freely at home. Playing outside or eating out can be expensive, but it is cheaper at home. You can enjoy drinking with friends at home.
Finding a room goes well
You may not realize what you want in your life until you live alone.
For example, it is better to have a wash basin, or because people don’t come much at night shifts, it’s okay to use a unit bath. The next time you move in, your ideal room search level will be raised.
Easier to go to your favorite area
You can also decide your lifestyle. For example, you can save money and travel all over Japan. You don’t have to stay home, don’t go home late at night.
Easy commuting and attending school
There are many people who go to school or commute from home because it is not a distance that they cannot go to. But what if a commute that takes 2 hours takes 30 minutes? It is important not only for the size and layout of the room, but also for where you live.
Become familiar with areas and towns you don’t know
If you live at home, many of you have lived in the city ever since you were born. Living alone means living in a city you don’t know. Look for a nice city that will be your second home.
What are the disadvantages of living alone? Difficulties when living alone
Everything is my responsibility
For example, forgetting to close the faucet, the floor is flooded, complaints come from the lower floors, and too much noise in the middle of the night makes you angry from the neighbor.
There are many times when you have to manage yourself
It’s easy to get used to, but you have to do everything yourself, such as getting up in the morning and thinking about how to balance your diet.
It costs money anyway
As a matter of course, you have to pay for yourself. If at home, the parents would have paid for the meals, and the rent and food expenses might not have been paid. Living alone alone eliminates it all, so there are more scenes that cost money.
Rice does not come out automatically
Although there is a sense of gratitude for parents, there is “I live alone”, but someone will not prepare your meal.
Renewal and procedures for rental contracts are difficult
If you are a rented house and your parent is a contractor, you do not do anything in particular, but if you live alone and become a contractor, you will be looking for a room at a real estate company or renewing it yourself. Will do.
It takes a lot of time to do housework
Go to the supermarket, go home and cook rice. That alone doesn’t end in 10 or 20 minutes.
It’s easy to switch on the washing machine, but it’s up to you to dry and fold it. In particular, be careful when you are laundering “because it is for one person”.
When you catch a cold
When your body is weak, you will feel weak. But even if you catch a cold, you have to do the housework yourself, and you need to go to the hospital on your own.
There is no one to say back
Often, when you go home, your room becomes dark and rustic when you just started living alone. It may be possible that you did not talk to anyone today.
Life rhythm is easily disturbed
The life rhythm tends to be disturbed especially when students have time to spare. I stayed up late because I stayed up late. Be aware that if you skip lectures because attendance is not relevant, your rhythm will go crazy.
High risk of oversleeping
It may be the biggest disadvantage of living alone. If you are at home, you will hear from your parents when you go to school, when you go to work, Even if you stay up late and do not notice the alarm, it is your responsibility. No one can say “Why didn’t you wake me up?”
Costs required to start living alone
1R or 1K is common for living alone
If living alone, 1R (one room) or 1K type with separate kitchen and room is common. However, Shinjuku is an area in Tokyo where rent is quite high. Rent for living alone is limited, but it is generally around 30,000 to 60,000 yen in rural areas and 50,000 to 90,000 yen in Tokyo.
For example, if Shinjuku Station is the nearest station, the rent price is 80,000 yen for 1R and 98,000 yen for 1K. (As of July 19, 2018, according to CHINTAI net survey)
What is the initial cost of moving?
There are various initial costs for moving. I will introduce one by one.
・ Security deposit
The security deposit is money deposited with the landlord. When you move out, this money will be deducted from your room cleaning fee and repair costs. If you use it neatly, most of it will be returned because you only need cleaning fee. Rent is usually 1-2 months.
Key money is paid to the landlord with the feeling of “thank you for living” and will not be refunded. Rent is usually 1-2 months.
・ Brokerage fee
If the deposit or key money is paid to the landlord, the brokerage fee is paid to the real estate company. In short, it can be said that it is a property introduction fee. The upper limit is 1.08 months of rent.
・ Rent in front
The rent is basically paid in advance. The previous rent is to pay the rent for the first month and the first month and the second month of the property to be moved in advance. Of course, this is used for rent and is not refundable.
・ Key exchange fee
When moving to a new house, it is normal for new residents to pay for the key exchange. The cost is about 10,000 yen.
・ Fire insurance premium
Fire insurance is insurance that compensates your property or household property in case your room burns. It is about 10,000 yen in 2 years.
What is the initial cost of preparing furniture home appliances?
Home appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, microwave ovens, rice cookers, etc. will cost roughly 200,000 yen, and furniture will cost more than 100,000 yen for beds, tables, chairs, cupboards, futons and curtains.
What are your living expenses and savings after you start living?
In general, what comes every month after you start living is the monthly rent, utilities, mobile phone charges, and food expenses?
Electricity costs are higher in midsummer and midwinter due to air conditioning. You may want to withdraw the monthly amount in advance so that you don’t spend too much on food.
Savings can be saved from income minus living expenses. If you want to save money every month, you can put it in a separate account from your living expenses when you have income like food.
What is the average remittance amount for university students?
The average amount is about 70,000 yen. Of course, monthly spending varies depending on rent. It is normal to make up for missing parts with part-time jobs.
You can cut your living expenses by cooking
If you have a drinking party once, it will float about 4000 yen. Making meals as much as possible, and having a drinking party at home or at a friend’s house can save you a lot.
Cost saving points when living alone
If you cook your own meal, you can save 30,000 yen!
If you eat out, you will spend around 1000 yen once without drinking. It is 2000 yen a day for both day and night. If it is every day, it will cost 60,000 yen a month just for eating out.
It is often the case that if you cook alone while living alone, you can’t make just one person and the food is wasted. In the morning, you can use convenience store bread, etc., but if you cook it properly, you can save up to 30,000 yen.
Reduce initial costs by recycling and receiving furniture
You can buy furniture and home appliances at a thrift store at a low price. You can understand the feeling that it is a new product, but if you want to keep the initial cost, you should take the time to use it.
For example, if you are living alone but have seniors or friends who will return to your parents’ home, it is recommended that you receive a yuzu. I don’t care if it was used by someone you know.
Look for properties with low initial costs
To reduce the initial cost, look for a property that does not require a deposit or key money. The initial cost can be reduced by tens of thousands of yen.
Living alone is both free and difficult. Get started systematically
Introduced the advantages and disadvantages of living alone and initial costs. Although there are some difficult parts, living alone is free.
It is necessary to plan to save the initial cost, but it is exciting to start a new life.
I would like to find a room at a reasonable price. Able AGENT can also suggest candidates according to your budget and location in advance. If you have trouble finding a property for living alone, please consult us anytime. We look forward to hearing from you!
Hello. Everyone who is thinking about living alone for the first time will have a lot of anxiety. “Is it cost you money to move?” “Why can’t I save money if I live alone?” However, if you devise a little, you can save money. It may be difficult to hear about saving, but this time we will introduce in detail how to save easily, how to move cheaply, and tips.
How to move cheaply and tips
When you move, you will be charged various money. However, I want to make it as cheap as possible. Here are three points and tips to consider.
Use free rent properties
The first is a free rent property. Free-rent properties are properties that do not generate rent for a certain period after moving in. In the property guides of real estate companies, “1 month free rent” and “2 months free rent” are basically displayed. In other words, one month free rent is free for one month, and two months is free for two months. If you move to a new house, the initial rent may include the rent for the next month. Therefore, the initial cost will be several hundred thousand yen. However, if it is a free rent property, the rent for the next month will not be paid, so the initial cost can be kept low.
Use zero-zero properties
Next, it is a zero-zero property. A zero-zero property is a property with a deposit and key money of 0 yen for moving. In general, the security deposit and key money are each one month’s rent. Therefore, deposits and key money account for most of the initial cost of moving. The security deposit may be refunded when you move out, but it is still a big expense. Therefore, by using such “zero-zero properties”, the initial cost can be reduced to less than half.
Consider when to move
Finally, it ’s time to move. Moving is done throughout the year, but it is said that it is a high season for moving because there are many moving from February to March. Therefore, even if you use a moving contractor, it will cost more than the market price. If possible, it can be said that it will be cheaper by about 20,000 to 30,000 yen by avoiding the high season. Before and after moving, you will need a lot of money, so it can be said that it is important to reduce the cost of moving.
Tips for saving energy average and savings
From here, I will talk about the utility bills that must be paid every month. If you live alone, your monthly water bill, gas bill, and electricity bill will average around 10,000 yen. Please refer to the tips for saving.
Let’s take a closer look at gas, water, and electricity.
Gas prices vary greatly depending on whether it is city gas or not. In the case of city gas, the monthly gas fee will be 2,000 to 4,000 yen on average. However, if the property is contracted with propane gas instead of city gas, it will cost around 6,000 yen.
In addition, if the bath is designed to boil with gas, it can be more expensive. In the case of women living alone, there are many people who want to catch a bath every day. Therefore, when searching for a property, make sure to check the types of gas that can be used and the hot water supply for the bath.
In the case of living alone, in most cases it will fall within the basic fee, so depending on the area, the monthly water bill will be around 3,000 yen to 4,000 yen.
However, be aware that if you live in a hot water bath or leave the shower every day, you may exceed the basic charge and the water bill may jump up.
Electricity usage varies greatly depending on the season. This is because the air conditioner consumes the most electricity in the home. In spring and autumn when air conditioners are not used much, it costs around 2,000 to 3,000 yen. However, in summer and winter, the charge is nearly double.
Also, be careful not to cool the air conditioner too much or keep it on for a long time because you will be charged more electricity. The key to saving is to keep the temperature constant by setting it to about 28 ° C.
Tips for saving on electricity bills
From here, we will talk about tips for saving energy costs that can be started right away. First, here are some tips for saving on electricity bills.
Tips for saving: refrigerator
Reduce the number of times you open and close the
doors. The more times you open the door, the more times cold air will escape. Then, a considerable amount of power is used to cool the refrigerator again. So don’t open the refrigerator door over and over, and take things out at once.
This can be said to be a measure for women who do not stuff too much into the refrigerator . If you buy a lot of food and the refrigerator is full, the cold will not turn and you will consume a lot of power.
Keep it away from the top, bottom, left and right walls. This is important when you set up a refrigerator. If it is installed close to the wall, heat will be trapped around the refrigerator, resulting in poor thermal efficiency. Therefore, more power is consumed to cool to the same temperature. The same theory, but try to avoid putting objects on the refrigerator as much as possible.
Tips for saving: lighting
Don’t leave it on.
This is natural , but don’t leave it on . As much as electricity is applied, it consumes electricity.
Many of the
recent lightings that adjust the amount of light can be adjusted. As the light intensity increases, the power consumption increases, so if you do not need such bright light at noon or evening, you may want to reduce the light intensity.
And if you want to save more, you can switch to LED lighting.
There are many cases where the cover is attached to the lighting that is frequently cleaned . If dust accumulates on this cover, it will block the lighting and will not be able to fully demonstrate the amount of light. For this reason, clean up frequently so that you can take in bright light with less light.
Tips for saving: Air conditioning
Air conditioners are the most power consuming appliances that are turned off when not used for more than an hour . Of course, it will cause the electricity bill to jump greatly. Turning it on and off can cause extra electricity bills, so be sure to keep the temperature setting constant and turn it off when you don’t use it for more than an hour.
Of course , the air conditioner is cleaned, but the set temperature is greatly related to the electricity bill. However, if the inside of the air conditioner is not clean, the original power cannot be demonstrated, and it will be necessary to respond by lowering the set temperature or increasing the air volume. This will add extra money, so be sure to clean the filter often.
Using curtains to save on air-conditioning bills
Recent curtains are sold with light shielding and heat shielding effects. They block out the sunlight in summer and keep the room warm in winter. Use these curtains to minimize the use of air conditioners.
Tips for saving: Water heater
When you are finished using the
bath water heater, it will consume power even when the water is not boiling. This is called standby power and is also true for gas water heaters. About a quarter of the standby power is said to be a water heater, so be sure to turn it off when not in use.
Tips for saving: PC
When not in
use, it is said that the computer consumes relatively little power during sleep . However, it is said that if dust accumulates, it becomes a mountain. Try not to leave it in sleep mode when not in use.
Tips for saving: Heated toilet seat
There are many toilet seat covers that have a heating function. However, just by attaching the toilet seat cover, there is no warmth but no coldness. Also, if you want to use a heated toilet seat, you can save electricity by closing the toilet lid frequently.
Water bill average and saving tips
Tips for saving: Bath
that needs the most water for a half-bath life. Every time you try to store enough water to use up to your shoulders, you need a lot of water. The amount of hot water that can be stored can be reduced to about two-thirds by just taking a half-bath, so it may be a good idea to use this as a half-bath.
The amount of shower water using a water- saving shower head varies depending on the property. Due to the low water pressure, if you use a large amount of water at once to increase the water pressure, the water charge will increase accordingly. Recently, water-saving shower heads that can reduce the amount of water without changing the water pressure are on sale, so you may want to change it.
Tips for saving: washing
Use a large amount of water at once to reduce the number of times by batch washing. Some people may find it normal to do laundry every day. However, when you actually start living alone, your laundry rarely fills your washing machine in a single day. Therefore, try to reduce the number of washings by washing several days together.
Tips for saving: Washing
When washing with
washbasins, it tends to leave water out. In such a case, it is convenient to use a washing bowl. By simply collecting water in the washing bowl and putting it away, it becomes easier to remove dirt and the amount of detergent can be reduced. Also, if there is not much detergent, it will save water because it will immediately foam when rinsing.
Tips for saving: toilet
Water saving can be done separately in large and small , even in the toilet. There are big and small in the place where the toilet flows. If it is small, there is an image that the water flow is weak and difficult to flow, but that is not the case, simply using large and small separately will lead to water saving.
Let’s prepare for moving and living with the tips of living alone!
In this way, you can reduce your energy bills by just doing some cleaning and just a few tricks. Of course, the cost of living is not all of the utility costs, but you can save some money by reducing the fees you have to pay every month. With this kind of saving in mind, you can save money even if you live alone.
There are also some points when you want to move cheaply. The important thing is looking for a property. There are so many properties that it takes a lot of effort and time to find the best one. At that timeWith Able AGENT , you can easily introduce properties that suit you on LINE. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us. Please enjoy the life of living alone with reference to the tips for savings introduced this time!