Moving out of your parents’ house for the first time is exciting. From choosing your preferred interior décor scheme, to picking out your favourite furniture – there’s lots to think about.
To help make your move as stress-free as possible, we’ve put together a handy guide of things to think about when moving house for the first time.
Things to do before you move out
- Make sure your finances are in order
A seemingly obvious step, the first thing to be mindful of before you move out is your finances. When you live at home with your parents many things are taken care of. Whether that’s food shopping, cleaning supplies or even simple household repairs – many young adults are surprised at the amount of money it costs to live independently.
This cost has resulted in a record number of young adults living at home for longer periods of time. So be prepared to pay more when you move out!
- Be sure of the location
Once you’ve chosen your next abode, it’s good practice to make sure you’re happy with the location. If you work in an office, check your commute and how long its going to take you each morning and evening. You may also want to see how far your new house or flat is from the gym, local shop or even favourite coffee joints!
Also check what public transport is available, and what parking is like. If you need a permit, get it organised beforehand.
- Prepare emotionally
It’s estimated that 33% of people feel lonely on a regular basis.
So that you don’t fall into the same trap, it’s important to prepare emotionally. It will likely be a big change, so it’s normal to feel nervous or sad at the prospect of moving out.
If so, try to arrange going for dinner with your parents weekly, or even inviting them round. You can find some easy dinner party recipes online!
- Get tenant’s insurance
Whilst it’s optional, tenant’s insurance will help protect you should the worst happen and offers you extra piece of mind.
It often protects both your belongings and damage to the landlord’s property, just in case. So if you accidentally spill red wine on the new sofa – you’re covered.
- Make arrangements before you move
Before you go, it’s important to sort out your utility bills before you move. You should make sure you have sorted the following before picking up your keys:
- Water bills
- Change the address on your driver’s license
- Electricity providers
- Set up a direct debit for council tax
Then you won’t get a nasty surprise when you arrive, such as no hot water.
- Pack everything in advance
Finally, make sure you’re one step ahead and pack everything in advance. Rather than leave it until the night before, begin packing a week or so in advance and gradually tick everything off your list.
If you have a lot of belongings, consider labeling your boxes so nothing gets lost or misplaced!
And there you have it! If you follow our top tips, your house move is all but guaranteed to run smoothly, and you can get on with enjoying your newfound independence.