Have you been getting those thoughts in the back of your mind that your parents secretly despise you and want you out of the home. Do you suddenly feel a need to cast off the shackles of your lame parents and give that big old game o' life a big shot. Then shut up and listen to the tell tale signs you are ready to move out of home.
Consider your age: A time honoured measure of the need to move out, an age can tell you just where you rank on the "My God! Are-they-still-living-with-their-parents-meter". Note that according to this ancient scale:
teens are fine
early 20's is acceptable
late 20's barely passable
30's means most of your friends probably have their own kids right now and see you as the "friend" with no redeemable skills
40's + means you never really got over having a mother to do all your stuff and mollycoddle you through life. (Please note that this is a guide, and exceptions to the rule do exist. Still, this doesn't make it right.)
Consider your relationship with parents: A good indication of your parents feelings toward you still living with them is their behaviour around you in the home. For instance, if breakfast, which was once pancakes and scrambled eggs, delivered to you on your lounge, has been replaced by your parents eating breakfast earlier to avoid you being awake, this could be a good indicator they want you to move on. Other tell-tale signs:
They no longer wash, dry or iron your clothes, in fact you have the suspicion they are throwing them out or giving them to kids on the street
Your parents are always bursting into your room and taking measurements for their future gym
They still invite you to places like the shops but separate from you immediately and meet you back at the car.
At family gatherings, they refer to you as the black sheep
They leave printouts of retirement options round the house for you to find, the kind of options that involve selling up the house
They wind down the food available in the house, even at the expense of their own nourishment and well-being.
Consider your own feelings: While moving out may seem like something forced upon you by your parents and by society, you may in fact have your own motivations for wanting to leave:
You can't have friends over because your friends' babies keep your parents awake
Potential lovers aren't allowed back at your place and even if they were, the racing car bed just don't have game
You're sick of having the television and radio volumes always set to maximum.
You're sick of the curfew hours the nursing home chooses to keep
Your wife and three teenage kids have gotten too big for your bedroom
Your son complains that he can't bring home girls he meets at bars
You have to rush in the morning getting ready so you don't get stuck behind your parents going down the stairs
You are eating lunch at the same time your parents are eating dinner, and dinner when they are eating breakfast.