4 Helpful Tips for Moving Out for the First Time
When you leave home for the first time, you go through an emotional rollercoaster that is ruthless and whips you back and forth between feelings like joy, a nightmare, enormous excitement and deep fear. Of course, it’s fun when you remember that there’s no one there to tell you what to do, but then thoughts like “Where do I buy light bulbs” and “Do these bugs look like termites?” begin to haunt your mind, and since moving out of your parents’ home is a major change in your life that brings all sorts of things along with it, we designed this manual to relieve the stress and solve the mystery of living on your own for the first time ever.
1. Look for a permanent job
The times of living on the fast line is over, and nothing will teach you this faster than a job. Most young adults who enter the job market for the first time start their climb to the top at some sort of entry level. In most industries, such positions aren’t known for having huge salaries, but don’t let that discourage you! Instead, use that role to demonstrate your talent and ambition and plan your future success wisely. Keep in mind, however, if that entry-level job doesn’t cover the rent, it may not be time to leave your parent’s nest.
2. Hire a professional moving company
Unfortunately, this is something that many people don’t do: a professional moving company takes all the hassle and back pain off your hands. You have enough to worry about when you leave your parent’s home, so let a team of experienced movers do the work and make your first moving experience a pleasure. If you request a quote, you can also include these costs well in advance in your moving budget so that you can stay well informed about your finances and make sure you get a good offer for moving your stuff.
3. Get your finances in order
When you were still living at home, you probably had at least some kind of financial safety net. Now that you have to stand on your own two feet, it is really important that you know what a budget is and how it works. So it’s wise to compare energy providers in advance, before you are committed to an energy supplier for your gas, water, and light. See what your monthly income is and find out what your average monthly expenses are. Start by making a list of fixed payments, such as your car, groceries, phone bill, and so on. From there, you can split your budget to see what else you can afford and how much you want to spend on the rent. Also make a budget for the move – you need to have a good overview of what a moving company or renting a moving van will cost and the purchases you need to make for your first apartment. Since you probably have to pay a deposit and the first month’s rent, you should set aside some money in the months prior to your move.
4. Establish good habits before you leave
If you’ve never had to do chores at home or stick to a budget, start changing those habits before leaving home to make the transition easier. Pay attention to cleanliness and see what you can learn at home. Start making a budget now so that you get a good idea of your spending patterns before you move. And perhaps the most difficult thing of all: stick to a daily routine to prepare yourself for having a real job. Yes, that means setting an alarm clock. Sorry.