1. You might have to compromise a little.
2. If you're working with a realtor, they could help make all your dreams come true...
3. ...or turn your life into a money-hemorrhaging joke.
4. And once you DO find a place that works for you, it'll require a mountain of paperwork you basically need to produce on the spot.
5. Moving will result in more boxes than you've ever imagined.
6. You have to take measurements of absolutely everything.
7. There are infinite ways to screw up Ikea construction.
8. And there is no better way to destroy a perfectly good relationship.
9. You actually have to buy boring things like toilet paper and paper towels.
10. And there are a lot of items you don't realize you need until you don't have them.
11. When you go to the grocery store*, you have to spend basically all your money on grown-up food.
12. And even though you can stock up on some kinds of food, others will go bad long before you ever use them.
13. Installing an air conditioner is tough. Paying someone a week's salary to install one for you is tougher.
14. If your heating or stove runs on oil, set that ish up ASAP.
15. At some point, you will see a mouse, and it will not be cute and friendly like pop culture would have you believe.
16. Your lease might require you to put rugs down.
Especially if your place is above somebody else's — carpeting helps muffle noise.