At some point in every man’s life, there is a time when you just have to say goodbye to the idea of having flatmates and consider condo living. The older you get, the harder it is to live with anyone else – until, of course, you meet the right person. The bachelor pad, then, isn’t so much of a nice idea – it might well become a necessity. And, in this guide, we’re going to take you through everything you need to get started.

Find a place

First of all, unless you have a lot more money to burn than most, you will be renting rather than buying a home. Choose a location that suits you – condo living is a popular choice for up and coming single men, either in the city or close by. Next, check out what’s on offer from local estate agents. Use as many search tools as you can get your hands on to widen your opportunities. For example, there’s a simple home finder tool over at GreyLoft.com to get you started. Use the local papers, too. You don’t want to miss out on a private landlord, who might be able to give you a better deal.

Check out the area

Once you have found somewhere suitable, it’s a good idea to have a good look around the area before you sign up to anything. You’ll need to move fast – good properties tend not to be on the market for too long. Look at local amenities, and keep a close eye out for problem areas – and also, check out the local crime statistics. Any burglaries in the area recently? It’s a warning sign that you need to be aware of. It’s also a good idea to scope out the neighbours – especially if you are planning on hosting parties or having evenings round with the boys. If there are people with young families living there already, it might be best to look elsewhere.

Decorating your bachelor pad

There are a few things you need in your bachelor pad. The first is permission to from your landlord to make changes. Most will be happy to let you do what you want, on the proviso that you return it to its state when you move on. Try and be brave with your choices if you want your place to stand out. Too many men are happy to live in bland, boring homes with little in the way of attempts at design. There’s a good chance you will be expecting to use your bachelor pad for obvious reasons at some point. And, if you want the other party to stick around, they will want to see some effort. Here’s some inspiration – http://www.homedit.com.

Furniture and gadgets

It’s easy only to think about yourself when it comes to furniture – you are living alone, of course. But, you are likely to have friends and visitors around often, so don’t forget about them when it comes to furniture. A decent sofa or couch is essential, and more than one chair for your dining table is an absolute must. We would advise getting a spare bed, too. Either a full size in your spare room or a sofa bed if you don’t have one. Then, of course, there are your gadgets – check out our guide for more details on that.
Good luck with the new pad – and enjoy!

Image  by Napoleon Cole