Moving out of your parents’ home for the first time is an important milestone in anyone’s life, and one that can cause both excitement and anxiety. With a bit of preparedness, you can ensure that the process runs smoothly.
Research your Options
A few months before you plan on moving, you’ll want to start the planning process and compare different neighborhoods. It’s ideal to find a place that’s close to work or school, so that you can cut down on transportation costs. You will also need to look at average housing prices to determine what you can afford, and whether it makes more sense to live alone or with friends. In addition to convenience, also look at neighborhood crime and safety statistics, and the type of amenities available.
Create a Budget and Save
With a clear idea of what you can expect to pay in different neighborhoods, you will then need to start saving in advance. The last thing you want is to move out of your parents’ house only to return in a few months due to lack of funds! You should be able to afford rent, utilities, and other monthly expenses, with a bit of cash left over for entertainment or savings each month. It’s best to have three months’ worth of expenses covered before you move, along with extra for a security deposit and moving costs.
Find a Rental Property
Searching for a property is the fun part of moving, whether you’ve decided to take a roommate or live on your own. You can scour listings sites like Gumtree, local property management companies to find suitable properties to visit. As you tour an apartment, it can be helpful to bring your parents along for a second opinion.
Read the Fine Print
Once you get to the stage of signing a lease, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with excitement and not look it over carefully. Find out if your rent will increase annually, and what type of maintenance is covered by the landlord. You may also want to look carefully at the policies for house-guests and pets if these are part of your life. Understanding your lease agreement will let you know what you’re getting into.
Arrange for Moving Services
With the lease signed and an official moving day in sight, it’s time to start preparing to pack up all of your belongings. If you don’t have too many things to move, you can probably enlist a friend or rent a small van to do it yourself. However, if you’re moving a large amount of belongings into a larger property it’s worth looking at hiring professionals. Shop around for a few quotes to find the best rates to suit your needs.
Stock up on Household Essentials
Even if you’ve packed all of your worldly belongings, you’ll still need to buy some common household goods to stock your new home. Think about purchasing some ready-made meals to fill the freezer, along with cleaning supplies, toiletries, and an emergency kit.
Get a Spare Pair of Keys
Even the most responsible tenant can lose their house keys at some point, so you’ll want a spare to leave with a close friend, family member, or property manager. Notify friends of your change of address, so that they know where to find you.
Once you’ve taken care of the business side of moving, you’ll be ready to set your sights on throwing a housewarming party and enjoying your new-found independence!