Moving into your first home in Kenya can cause a lot of anxiety, especially if you are not sure if you are ready to move out of your parent’s house. In Kenya, there comes a time in every young persons’ life where they want to have an independent life. The impulse to have an independent life for young adults is natural. Some move into their first house as soon as they are done with high school while others not until they get married. What you don’t want is to move into your first house when you are not ready. No matter the transition, you need to be ready. 

 If you are not sure whether you are ready to move into your first home, then read the following 10 tips. 

Financially independent 

Having a job is the first sign that you are ready to move into your own house. It is the most important stride to begin your independent life. You ought to be able to pay for the household utilities, transportation, daily food and any other requisite items. Before moving out, have a monthly budget that you will be using in your first house. This will make sure you have a smooth transition into your independent life. It is also advisable to save for 3-6 m months to make sure that you are ready to support yourself to the next few months without having to touch your salary.


Before moving into your first house, it is crucial to know the amount of debt you have. Having this knowledge and coming up with a plan to pay them off is the first step to avoid having financial pitfalls along the way. It doesn’t make sense to pay for a house while you have debtors on your door now and then. Not unless your salary is enough to pay for all the expenses and debts, having debts means you are not ready for independent life

Financially responsible

Financial responsibility means living within what you can afford, regardless of the level of what you can afford. Generally, it is being financially true to yourself. Before moving into that first house you want, evaluate your financial situation, earning and spending habits. This will make sure you make the indispensable assimilation to put yourself on the responsible financial anchorage.

Emotionally independent

This is the ability to make decisions with confidence and be in any episodes you face. This means that you have full responsibility for making decisions. Although you can always consult your friends and relatives, the final decision is in your hands.also, have in mind that if things go wrong along the way, it is up to you to come up with a solution to your problems. Of Course, your parents will want to help you in hard times, but you cannot overly rely on them. I am not going to lie that independence life is all smooth, but emotional independence is what keeps you going. 

Should I stay with a roommate?

Staying with a roommate is one of the most efficient ways to spend less money at your first house, but do you need a roommate? Having a roommate has its pros and cons, that’s why you should not be in a hurry to get one. if you choose to have a roommate, you are first advised to know the person f. Know the spending habits, level of cleanliness, the things you have in common etc. If you happen to get a friend that you get along with, that would be perfect. 

You can maintain a home

Home maintenance is the secret to a healthy and secure home habitat. When a house is clean and in good condition you will be less likely to have health issues. Skills in health maintenance are very essential once you should make sure that you acquire them before moving into your house. Come up with a daily home maintenance checklist a month before you get into your first and make sure you practise every day, this will make sure that your transition into your independent life is smooth. 

No matter how well you prepare for a transition into your first apartment, there will be challenges along the way. But do not panic, this is part of your new life and it will prepare you and help you grow. The above tips, if followed, will make sure that you are finally ready to move out.