What to know when moving out for the first time?

Trying something new for the very first time is quite an exciting and challenging experience that broadens your horizons and enriches your life. However, new endeavors may also be a bit scary, especially if you have no proper preparation or supportive guidance to rely on. Moving out on your own for the first time is certainly one of those overwhelming undertakings that result in great anxiety and exhilaration at the same time. Both your emotional strength and your organizational skills are put to the test when you decide that the right time has come to move out of your parents’ house and begin your independent life. So, you need to know how to prepare and what to expect when moving out for the first time in order to ensure the favorable outcome of your relocation adventure.

How much money do you need to move out for the first time

Your moving out for the first time expenses may vary greatly, depending not only on the size of your move and the distance to your final destination, but also on your spending habits and your financial skills. There are several things to consider when it comes to your moving out for the first time budget:

  • your current finances – if you already have a steady income (salary, scholarship, etc.), you should be able to perform your first time move without any major financial problems. Just make sure you have saved the equivalent of about 3-to-6 monthly incomes to provide for all the aspects of the moving process and for your living expenses during the first month or two in your new place (as well as for any emergencies or hidden costs). In case you decide to move out before you have secured your livelihood, at least review your savings to find out if they will be enough to cover all moving-related expenses and living costs for a couple of months after the relocation before making your final decision to leave the family nest;
  • first time moving costs – when calculating the cost of moving out for the first time, figure in all the expenses for hiring professional moving services, providing adequate packing supplies, buying insurance, traveling to your new home, paying the rent for the first month, making a security deposit, covering utility bills for gas, water and electricity, supplying groceries, toiletries, and other everyday necessities, providing for entertainment and transportation, etc. To get an accurate number for your own moving expenses, be sure to use our free moving cost estimator.

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How to plan moving out for the first time

Good organization is exactly what it takes to pull off a successful relocation. So, take a closer look at the essential things to do before moving out for the first time and make every effort not to overlook something important:

  • Find affordable housing – you are most probably going to rent an apartment or a small house when moving out for the first time. Look for an affordable home, conveniently located in a safe neighborhood, close to your workplace and to various local amenities (this way, you will be able to save on transportation costs). Make sure the rent is no more than 30% of your income, as you will need money for bills, food and many other essentials as well. Unless you are moving in with your boyfriend or girlfriend, it is a good idea to share your rented living place with a roommate, so the expenses get split and you don’t feel so lonely;
  • Create a moving calendar – once you have located an appropriate new home, decide on your moving date. If possible, avoid peak moving times (the summer months, the first and the last days of a month, the weekends) in order to get a better deal in terms of lower moving quotes and more advantageous moving options. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time before your move in order to avoid rash actions and hasty decisions that will only result in lots of stress and costly moving mistakes. Create a detailed to-do-list for every day you have left until moving day, prioritize your moving tasks and set appropriate time-limits for each of them, so that you can finish everything in time and prepare really well for your first moving adventure;
  • Secure help – discuss your plans with your family and ask for help. Your parents are sure to provide you with invaluable assistance when it comes to moving preparations and even to the actual transportation of your items to your new home. Especially if you are moving short distance or just across town, you may do only with the help of your parents and your friends. If you are moving across the country, however, you are strongly advised to use professional movers. They will take care of all the aspects of the moving process, will ship your belongings with maximum efficiency and safety, and will provide you with a gratifying moving experience.

Things you need when moving out for the first time

Most probably, you won’t be able to afford many modern conveniences when first moving out. Yet, there are some essentials you can’t do without. So, it is a good idea to:

  • Sort out your items – if you lack moving experience, you may easily make one of the most common relocation mistakes – packing and shipping all your belongings without sorting them out first. Such a rookie mistake will cost you a considerable amount of time and plenty of money, so go through all your possessions instead and decide which ones you are really going to need. Consult our list of moving out for the first time must-haves if you are not sure what essentials you can’t manage without. When deciding what exactly to take to your new home, have in mind that you may relocate several times within a short period, so moving too many items along is definitely not a good idea. Sell or give away all your no-longer needed possessions that are still in good condition (or leave them with your parents if you think they will come in handy at a later point in your life) and discard damaged or worn out items;
  • Take whatever your parents can give you – take any useful household items your parents are willing to part with – old furniture, dated but functional domestic appliances, faded area rugs and curtains, etc. will work just fine for your first new home and will help you save some money on furnishings;
  • Be a smart shopper – don’t be quick to rush to the stores immediately after relocating. Learn your way around your new city first, ask neighbors and coworkers for insider advice, look around for sales and discounts, visit thrift stores, avoid expensive restaurants and fancy boutiques – do your best to keep as much money as possible into your pocket after your first move (at least until your financial situation stabilizes).

SEE ALSO: What necessities to have when moving out

Bonus tips for moving out for the first time

1)   Find trustworthy movers – research your options, ask for several on-site binding estimates, and choose the best moving company for your first time relocation needs. Look for affordable, experienced, and reliable movers who will do a good job and will help you ensure a successful start of your new life. What matters the most, however, is to avoid moving scams – learn to recognize the red flags of moving fraud and stay away from rogue movers who can ruin your entire moving experience and cause lots of troubles and headaches;

2)   Read the movers paperwork very carefully – learn your rights and responsibilities as a home mover and make sure you understand and agree with all the provisions in the moving contract before signing it. Ask about any extra conditions, special clauses, additional charges, and anything else that is related to your move. Pay special attention to the small print and never ever sign a blank document!

3)   Pack properly – supply adequate packing materials, get familiar with the golden rules of packing, and use efficient packing techniques to provide the best possible protection for your items during shipment. Don’t forget to label the boxes properly and to provide proper insurance for your cherished possessions;

4)   Prepare a survival kit – make sure you have with you all the essentials (personal documents, medicines, toiletries, change of clothes, etc.) to survive for a couple of days without your belongings;

5)   Keep your valuables with you – anything might happen during shipment, so regardless of your mode of travel to your new home, take all the items that have very high monetary or sentimental value with you. Better safe than sorry!

6)   Put your documents in order – don’t forget to change your address, retrieve your school records and your medical records, update your driver’s license and car registration, arrange to have the utilities connected at your new residence by move-in day, etc.;

7)   Make your new place feel like home – your first apartment (or house) may not be your dream home but your personal touch can easily turn it into a cozy haven where you will spend many happy moments;

8)   Stay in touch with friends and family – whatever happens, they will always be there for you!

Good luck with your first move and your new life!



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