You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the house moving process starts long before moving day. Here’s a list of tips to make the move easier on everyone.
Remember that you may no longer have the safety net of living with your family. Begin by working out a daily budget to make sure you can actually afford to live on your own. Compare your income to your total monthly expense, taking everything into account – groceries, gym memberships, travel expenses, phone bills… remember that some expenses, such as groceries, may be more when you’re not living at home. Things like travel expenses may also differ depending on where you move to.
If you’re planning on renting, use this budget to work out how much you can afford to spend on rent. Remember to include council tax and an estimate of your utility bills. If you’re unsure of any component of your budget, be sure to overestimate it. If you can, try to leave some money aside each month for unforeseen costs, or to go into savings. If renting is going to take too big a chunk out of your paycheque, consider getting a housemate or flatmate.
Next, budget for the move itself. If you’re buying a house then you can use our Moving Cost Calculator. If you’re renting it’s a little simpler as you don’t need to worry about things like surveying or conveyancing fees, but remember to include the deposit amount as well as the first month’s rent.
For some, a deposit can be up to 6 weeks rent. It will be stored in a deposit account, rather than by your estate agent/landlord, so be sure that you confirm this. Whilst estate agency fees have been changed by law, be sure to consider if you will have any other fees due.
Think about how you’re going to actually manage the move – could you do it in a few trips spread across a couple of cars, or does the amount of stuff or the distance you’ll need to travel mean it makes more sense to hire a removals company? Also remember to think about what you’ll need to buy when you get there – is your new place furnished or unfurnished?
Once you’ve found a place, make sure you’re totally happy with the location. It can be easy to compromise – you may think an hour’s walk to the station is worth it for the lower rent, but doing that walk every day might get wearing pretty quickly! Visit at different times of day so you get a sense of traffic, and if you need parking look at the restrictions and how busy the road is.
You can be making the inevitable changes to your lifestyle before you move out. Tidy up after yourself, keep an eye on your money (this will help you to budget more accurately, too), and get yourself to places instead of relying on lifts from family members. Moving out can be stressful but not everything has to change at once – if you make small changes before you go it won’t feel like such a shock to the system.
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Putting all your belongings into boxes and piling them up to move can be a wake-up call – “I have too much stuff!” Luckily, just before a move is the perfect time to get rid of stuff because you’re sorting it all anyway. The less you have to transport to your new home, the cheaper and easier your move will be. Donate, recycle, give away or sell items to make space (and maybe even a little cash for your move!)
It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous or even sad at the thought of moving out. Make sure you plan with your parents when you’ll see each other next – for example, do you plan on going round for dinner at the weekend?
If this is your first time living alone you might feel uneasy at the prospect, so do whatever you need to do to feel safe. Change the locks, introduce yourself to the neighbours, or, if you haven’t already, leave time on moving day to walk around the neighbourhood to get to know it.
Your first night alone in your new home may be unusual – you’ll be getting used to new noises in the property, sounds from the road, or even a level of quiet you’re not used to! If you are a bit nervous you can always invite a friend over for a first night sleepover. Which means you’ll have help with your unpacking too!
Whether you’re moving to a furnished or unfurnished place, you will inevitably have some shopping to do. Some of the things you need are essential, and you should buy them beforehand if you can. The bigger shop can wait until after you’ve moved in.
Here is a checklist of all the essential items to tide you over for the first day and night in your new place.
In the living room:
Once you’ve got everything on this list, make it feel like your own! If you own the property you can redecorate. Moving out of your parents’ house is a big step, especially if it means you’ll be living on your own for the first time. ready to enjoy your newfound freedom.