Cash, Budget, Income. Speaking from experience, there is nothing worse than running out of food before your next pay check (living off 2 minute noodles for 2 weeks is a drag). Take into account the basics – rent, utilities, insurance, groceries, clothing, and of course a fun night out every now and then. Plus you also have to set aside money for any unexpected expenses. Will your current wage cover all these? Are you living with other people that you can split them with?
In most cases, and if you decided to rent a house/apartment, your landlord will ask you to pay 2 weeks rent in advance and a bond as a security deposit.
Utilities – electricity, gas, water, internet.
This is a good time to re-evaluate your priorities and budget. Remember, you’ll be living in a new home and the costs to keep things running will all be shouldered by you. Transferring existing utilities or establishing fresh accounts is an easy process. Additionally, set reminders to keep track of billing dates so you’re not left in the dark.
Speak to the landlord and find out who you should contact for all these. Some landlords also require deposits or proof that utilities have been set up before they let you move in.
Let friends and family join in the fun.
Friends and Family are an excellent source for people moving out of home for the first time. Unwanted furniture, linens, and kitchen items are just a few things which you can get for free. You will find that your startup money can disappear fast, so don’t turn down help that you can easily get.
Removalists to the rescue! Expert movers and fully equipped trucks.
Moving your items is always a hassle. Fuel, insurance, and even renting equipment, can cost you more than hiring a professional mover do it for you. Also take into consideration the physical injuries and the damages on your items that can occur when you have someone with no or very little experience handle your move. So do your research and look for a full service moving company who offers exceptional moving service. Getting the services of a fully-insured, and considered the leading expert removals company like MiniMovers, which charge per hour, have no minimum, and include a guarantee that “if they damage it, they will fix it” is certainly a smart decision. Plus you get the added measure that they have been around for years and train their own staff to maintain high quality service standard.
One Last Friendly Piece of Advice
Once again speaking from experience, living paycheck to paycheck is not fun. Your parents may make it look easy, but it takes a lot of planning and will power to keep it up. The majority of kids that move out, end up going back home or homeless in 3 months or less. But with the right attitude and the willingness to learn from others, you can beat the odds and start the next chapter of your life.
Moving has many challenges but keeping these tips in mind can help make your move into that new home as simple and stress-free as possible. Happy planning and enjoy your first experience moving out of home!
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