What happens when you’re moving out of your parents’ house for the first time? You probably feel an emotional roller-coaster, twisting and turning between joy and fear, great excitement, and overwhelming anxiety. It’s not bad to have no one to tell you what to do all the time. But the thought of remembering to purchase light bulbs and have the furnace serviced yourself could overwhelm you. Take a look at these seven steps that can alleviate a lot of the stress often associated with moving out.
Ensure your finances are in order.
While living with your parents, you’ve probably had a bit of a safety net when it comes to money. Now that you’ve decided to head out on your own, you need to ensure you map out your budget. Think about your monthly income and what your monthly expenses are. List things like your car, phone bill, electric bill and so on. Then add up the costs of food and gas and figure out how much money you have left to spend on rent. Don’t forget to tally up moving-related costs, as well as any purchases you need for your new place. According to Forbes.com, your mortgage should take up no more than 28 percent of your monthly income.
Find a reliable job.
It’s not always fun being an adult, and the workplace will teach you that quickly. Many adults heading out into the real world start their climb of the corporate ladder in an entry-level position. In most industries, these positions aren’t the best paying. Use this as an opportunity to show off your talent and ambition. If your entry-level job won’t cover the rent, don’t rush to move out. Save up and wait for a promotion.
Find a place to live.
This isn’t always a quick process but your patience will pay off. There are countless places online to look for good apartments or houses. Take the time to decide if you want a roommate or not. It’s the most frugal choice and it relieves some anxiety, although it can be hard to live with someone else. Think about where you want to live, too. You want to be close to your workplace, family and friends, and other places of interest such as a park, gym or your favorite restaurants.
Hire a professional moving company.
Many people miss this step, but it’s an important one. A professional moving company will eliminate a lot of the hassle and stressors associated with the move. Make your experience a good one by hiring help. Get more than one quote and consider getting insurance to further protect your belongings. There’s a misconception that this isn’t a cost-effective solution, but there are instances when the convenience and security it provides may end up saving you more money than DIY-ing it.
Put together a chore schedule.
The first few months of living on your own can be an adjustment period. You may find yourself with a hamper full of dirty clothes, a sink full of dishes, and a bathtub full of soap scum. Take charge and create a chore schedule when you move in. If you have a roommate, make sure they help with the chores to keep your house spic and span.
Ask your parents for help.
Your parents have surely helped you time and again, and they’ll be happy to help you in this process too. Take their advice when it comes to things you’ll need and expenses you need to plan for. Your parents can provide a lot of insight. Plus, they’ll miss having you around so give them the chance to take care of you for a little longer.
Celebrate after moving out!
There is no better way to show that you’re all moved in than throwing a house party. It can be casual or outlandish – whichever you prefer. The necessities include friends, music, food, and drinks. Get a date set, make a list of people you want to invite, and decide the quantity of refreshments you need.
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, the first move out of your parents’ home is quite exciting. Use these tips to help make the process of moving smooth sailing.