Is it time for you to leave the family nest? Moving out of home for the first time is an empowering experience and is one of the biggest steps towards gaining full independence. Whether you are getting your own place or sharing with friends, you will need to be prepared for this exciting new chapter in your life.
Although you are probably feeling the eagerness to embark on your journey to “adult life”, it is important not to overlook the behind the scenes planning that comes with gaining this new found independence. To ensure your transition into your first place is a smooth one, consider the following steps before you get packing.
1. Write checklists and stick to due dates
Making the decision to move out of home for the first time can often be the hardest part, and although it may seem daunting, the more prepared you are, the easier the transition will be.
Checklists aren’t just about remembering things, by identifying and listing different challenges before moving day you will give yourself ample time to get prepared. These challenges can include items that might be difficult to move due to size and weight. You will probably own at least a few items that will require professional removalists to assist with the move. It certainly pays off to be aware of such items so you can take the necessary steps to ensure a skilled profession is booked well in advance to help with the moving process.
2. Be financially aware
Paying rent or a mortgage, on top of being responsible for your own groceries is a huge change from what you may be used to before moving out of home. You will quickly learn that the fridge or pantry you know so well does not magically restock itself.
When preparing to move out, you will need to have an accurate understanding of your budget. First, consider your non-negotiable expenses, like the cost of rent and utilities. What is left over will allow you to start formulating your food and transportation budget. You will then be able to determine how much money you can allocate to saving and spending each month.
A helpful tip for moving out and saving is to look into the things you spend money on that you can live without. For example, through reducing number of coffees or lunches you buy every week, you could save a considerable amount of money. Whatever methods you choose to save money is up to you. Just being aware of your spending is a step in the right direction and a skill you will carry with you for life.
3. Find a suitable home
This is an important step and one that you will need to allocate sufficient time to. The process of finding a place to live is another great opportunity to make yourself a checklist. Some things you will need to consider include:
- Where do you want to live and how does that tie into your current lifestyle? If you work in the city, you will most likely want to live close enough to be able to walk, drive or catch public transport.
- Can you afford to live in the suburb you want to? Sometimes moving further out of town can be great, budget-friendly option. Be sure to check the time it will take you to commute to work and if there are local means of public transport.
- Do you need to live in a house or an apartment? This will also come down to what you can and cannot afford, remember to look into additional costs that come with living in each, for example, body corporate fees.
If your desired location is a little out of your price range, perhaps consider a flatmate or two. Moving out with a friend, family member or stranger is another way you can save a bit of money. There are plenty of helpful websites available to you to help find an existing share house or to find a new flatmate for your own place.
4. Seek advice and assistance
Remember this is your first time moving. With this in mind, do not hesitate to seek advice from others who have made the move already to ensure you are as prepared as possible. Speaking to others about their moving experience will give you insight into things you possibly had not yet considered.
You are likely aware of purchases you will need to make to ensure your new home is actually livable. Such purchases could include a refrigerator, washing machine, and living room furniture. The important thing to remember is that you do not need to buy these things brand new, and you can pick up many furniture pieces and appliances second hand without breaking the budget. Check in with your family and friends and see if they are looking to sell any of these items, or perhaps they can point you in the right direction of a second hand website they have used before.
5. Transfer all your information
If you have followed the above steps and are now ready to get started, the last step is to redirect your mail to your new address. Make sure to inform all relevant parties of your change in residence, this may include utility service providers, phone providers, or banks. A lot of businesses give you the opportunity to change your address online through their website or by phone, give yourself a couple of days to ensure this process is completed.
Choosing the Right Removalist
Hiring a professional moving company will enable you to complete your entire move with as little headache as possible. An experienced, skilled moving team can help you get organised, assist you with logistics, and alleviate the stresses of packing so you can focus on the things that really matter.
Do not allow the physical process of moving to distract you from the exciting adventure you are about to embark on.
A world-class interstate removalist like WridgWays can take the hassle and stress out of moving. From Melbourne and Sydney all the way to Perth and the Gold Coast, we are Australia’s most trusted removalists. With all the little details you have to keep in mind, let our team of full-service movers do the heavy lifting. We will make sure that your first moving experience is a positive memory.
WridgWays Removalists is an established local, interstate and international removalist with the years of experience necessary for a smooth, easy move. WridgWays Removalists has 125 years of experience moving Australian families.