Many of us borrow money but there seem to be a general distrust in lenders. Tis can be for all manner of reasons, perhaps personal experience, stories others have told, things in the media or other reasons. It is worth finding a lender that you can trust though as that means that you will happier which you have the loan with them. It is worth working through some steps in order to decide who you trust the most.

Decide what you mean as Trustworthy

You need to start by thinking about what you mean when you think of trustworthy. Some feel that some lenders are dishonest and so they want to find one that is not. Some feel that they change their terms and so trick borrowers and others might think that certain lenders just overcharge. This is a very personal thing though and it is important to know what is in your mind with regards to how your define a trustworthy lender. This will then mean that you have something to measure lenders against. If you have several factors this probably makes things easier as it will mean that you will have more factors to consider when comparing lenders and you will be more likely to be able to whittle them down to having just a few to choose from.

Ask people you know

Once you have decided what you are looking for in a lender then you will need to investigate them. A good place to start is to chat to people that you know. Most people will have taken out a loan at some point and so will have had experience of dealing with a lender. They will be able to tell you who they used and whether they would say they could trust them. It is wise to ask them why they feel they cam be trusted as a gut feeling or a well-known name might not be enough for you but if they got them into a tricky situation and the lender helped them out that that might be a more justified reason for them feeling that they trust them.

Look at reviews

If you cannot get enoughinformation from talking to people that you know, then you may have to gather information elsewhere. One place that you could look are websites where lenders are reviews. You will find that there are actually quite a lot of these and that will mean that you should be able to get hold of a lot of information. However, do make sure that you are dealing with a trusted site so that you are sure that the information is correct and not biased. It can also be wise to look at a selection of sites for the same reason. You will then be able to be more confident in the data that you gather.  

Look at lenders websites

It can also be really useful to have a look at lenders websites. Obviously, they set up their website to be as appealing to customers as possible but you can still get information form them. You can get a feel for the lender but you might also be able to find out information about the company and how they operate. You will also be able to see what sorts of loans they offer which could be handy information for you as well.

Talk to lenders

Hopefully, you will now have enough information to have quite a small list of lenders that you are interested in. At this point it can be a good idea to get in touch with the lenders. Ask them a few questions, to find out more about them. You could go into a branch, call them up, send them a message or email. Use the method that you feel you are most likely to use if you decided to use them. You will be able to find out how helpful and polite they are as well as noticing how quickly they come back to you. All of this information could help you in deciding whether they are the right lender for you.

This might seem like a lot of hassle but finding a lender that you feel you can trust is important. It will mean that if you do borrow from them you will feel more confident that they will treat you well as a customer. This could reduce your anxiety with regards to sudden price increases or the amount of help you might expect to get if you struggle with repayments. So take the time to do this work and you will really find that it could pay off in the future. You do not want to be stuck with a lender that is causing your stress and sleepless nights and regret not spending a bit more time investigating hich one might be the best for you.

There are many young people that would like to move out of their parents’ home but struggle with the cost of it. Some may go away for university and then find that when they return home, they would like to continue with their independence but find that it is too expensive. There are others that might find that they will stay at home but feel that they would like to leave and show that they can be independent. However, being financially independent is difficult and it is something which will probably take some planning.

Calculate the costs

It is good to start by calculating exactly how much it will cost to leave home. The costs will obviously depend on what sized place you are moving to, whether you are sharing the costs or on your own and things like that. It should be reasonable to be able to make some sort of estimate. You will be able to get a good idea of what you will need to find in rent by looking at adverts locally where there are properties to let. These adverts may also have information about the cost of council tax and utilities and if not, this can be found online with sites such as Zoopla. You will also need to allow for costs of food, insurance, television licence, travel, entertainment, loan repayments, contracts and anything else you currently pay. You may also have other commitments that you normally pay for and you will of course not only need money for things like clothing and gifts but you may also need to buy furniture or other household items for your new home. This could end up adding up to quite a big scary lump sum, when you put the deposit on top as well as a high monthly cost. However, it is really important to know exactly what you are aiming for.

Save up

Then you will need to start saving. It is wise to start by saving up the lump sum that you need and perhaps even a bit more just in case. You will also be wise to make sure that you will have enough for each month as well. If you think that there might be some months that you could struggle, perhaps because you have extra expenses that month, then you will need to have some money put aside for that, either before you move out or make sure that you do it on months when you are better off.

You will need a method for saving up. You may need to have a long hard look at how much you earn and think about whether there is a way that you can earn more. Or you may need to look at what you are spending and think about whether you can reduce that at all. It might also be a case of doing a bot of both and finding a balance where you earn more and spend less and then you will have enough free money to be able to save some.

Saving money is a great thing. This is not only because you will have the lump sum of money that you will need but it also means that you will be in the habit of not spending all of the money that you are earning. This will be a great habit to go into your new place with because you will need extra money to pay rent and things like that so it could be the case that if you continue the same pattern of earning and reduced spending it could you leave you enough for those extras that you will need.

Get parents to help

You may find it useful to ask your parents for help. Not necessarily financial help but perhaps advice. Although financial help would be great and if they could pay your deposit or reduce what they are charging you to live at home so that you have more of an opportunity to save up.

If they cannot afford to do that then they might be helpful in being able to offer advice. It is worth remembering that they are likely to have gone through exactly what you are going through and so should be able to give you some tips. They might even be able to do things like remind you not to spend money. This may sound odd, but if you are in the habit of spending then you might need some help to break that habit.

Check long term costs

It is good to check the long-term costs of living on your own as well. It is worth bearing in mind that costs could rise over time, rent and tax is likely to go up, possibly even yearly and most other things will also rise with inflation. You will need to be confident that your salary will rise in line with that so that you will be able to afford those increases.