Still living at home? Here's 5 signs your parents want to show you the front door…
If you're anything like us, your parents were proud and upset the day you left for uni. When you came back during uni holidays you were welcomed with open arms and a full fridge.
Naturally, you assumed that this vein of good will would continue the day you walked back into your house after your final year.
In you walk, drop those big bags in the hallway, head for the fridge. Where… where’s the food? A sharp voice from the lounge, “Those bags do not belong in the hall”.
You’ve had the free trial and over the next few months, you’ll experience one or all of the following signs that it’s time to leave home…
1. They buy you a house - yahoo!
It sounds ludicrous of course, but in reality, more and more young Kiwis are finding themselves at the Bank of Mum and Dad in order to purchase their first home.
While parents aren’t necessarily buying the house per se, some are using the equity within their property or even retirement funds to help with a deposit or as supportive guarantors.
There are some limits: Under the Responsible Lending Code, parents shouldn’t ruin themselves financially by buying their kids a home if they are, for instance, on national superannuation and only own one property.
2. They start to charge you rent
Depending on where you live, some landlords charge just as much rent as you’d pay in mortgage instalments.
Parents are becoming more likely to give you a good dose of reality by charging the same rent as other landlords, pair that with number 3 (below) and see how quickly you'll be ready to move.
3. The perks are gone and you become a flatmate
Mum's cut the apron strings and taken away the frills that come with living at home. No more doing your laundry, cooking your dinners and cleaning after you.
Instead, your folks have decided to become the quintessential irritating flatmates by cooking separately, eating all their food and playing their choice of music loudly and very early on a Sunday morning.
They may also choose to insist, as part of the flatmate agreement, that you need to do the lawns, the windows and the gutters, while they sit back and relax of course.
4. They've downsized
When your parents sell up the large family home and downsize to a low maintenance 2 bedroom pad this tends to send a strong message that it’s time to move on.
As a bonus however, they may be able to afford a holiday house – and offer a place for you to holiday with them.
5. They leave town
Have your parents always dreamed of road tripping around in a campervan with a cheesy slogan on the windscreen, seeing the country during an unlimited holiday in their golden years of retirement?
Well, they might tidy up the house and rent it out or sell up - leaving you no choice but to pack up and leave too.