So you finally decided to move out of home. And now the countless horror stories you’ve heard from friends and family members when they first moved worries you. Whether you’re doing it for your best interest (or your parents), moving away to college or working in another city, we recommend that you take some time to understand the essentials of moving especially if it’s for the first time.
Many still make the mistake of not fully planning this major decision and the new life that is awaiting them. Whilst many might think that moving out of the house is an easy task, they would often be seriously wrong.
Before moving out, there are practical and personal factors that you have consider. In this particular instance, you need guidance and first-time moving out tips to make the experience a success:
Find a flatmate or a flat broke mate?
For starters, you need to decide if you are moving out by yourself or if you are open to sharing the house with another person. Flatmates provide a means of saving money and creating a sociable home. Obviously, you need to make sure that your new housemate is financially stable and compatible with you. Find out if your prospective roommate(s) is employed and would be able to regularly pay his/her share of rent and other utilities.
You should never put yourself in a position where you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in your new home. So don’t forget to set ground rules with your flatmate before letting them move in. Be warned: flatmate/housemates can both be a curse and a blessing, so weigh in all the pros and cons of getting someone to share your house with.
Spy, Investigate, and Calculate.
Looking for a new place can be daunting, and there are a lot of things to consider before choosing a suburb. Be sure to research your options and prepare in advance. Shopping centres, schools, parks, hospitals, entertainment options, job opportunities, and easy access to public transportation are just a few points to add to your checklist when selecting a suburb. It is also equally important to learn about the surrounding suburbs of your chosen place and ensure that you will not be exposing yourself and your family to danger. Go for a drive, chat with the locals and talk to the authorities.
Comparing multiple apartments will also ensure that you get the best deal; sometimes paying a little more will make a difference if you are renting a house or a home. Try to bring a friend or a parent along as they can help you see a place from a different point of view and help with your decision.
Before you sign on the dotted line.
Before signing the rental agreement or any binding contract, read it fully and carefully to ensure that important details are not overlooked. Discuss the terms and conditions and also clarify who will be responsible for maintenance/repairs and other improvements. Review your payment options, what could affect your security deposit/bond, and other things you need to know about the property.
If you own a smart phone or a digital camera, take pictures of each section of the house, inside and out, before moving any furniture. This will help if you decide to leave at the end of your lease, particularly if the landlord asks you to pay for repair of something that was already damaged before you moved in.
You have found your new home, setup your budget, and signed the lease. What’s next? Find a comprehensive moving house checklist. This guide will help you stay on track leading up to, during, and after moving day. When tasks are organized, you save on time and ultimately on money. And more importantly, it helps you stay sane.
Make moving a breeze and get organized by using a FREE moving checklist which you can download here.
Check out part 2 here!
Sean has been in the removalist industry for many years, and is an expert in moving. He prides himself on helping people move with as little hassle to them. Connect with Sean O’Hagan