Moving out for the first time may seem liberating at first, but there are a number of matters to take care of and rules to follow to make it on your own. What are the basics you need to know and do to keep all aspects in order? What do you need at first, and where to buy it? Even before you move into your new home, you will have important issues to deal with. Luckily, we have some tips that can help you.
Set a Budget
Whether you know what the living expenses in your family were or not, you have to price in all the factors and make a viable spending plan for yourself. First, you need to understand that you have to live within your resources. That means that, at least in the first period, you must keep track of your spending and stay within the limits of what you earn.
Apart from paying your rent, or maybe even several rents in advance depending on the landlord, you have to pay a security deposit. Once you move in, you will need electricity, water, heating, Internet. Since all these companies require some kind of deposit, you will need to have money prepared in advance.
Cancel Subscriptions and Other Related Things Before You Move
This is the time to explore how much money you will need based on the average monthly expenses at your location. Then take into consideration your monthly income and start determining priorities, such as your car, phone bill, groceries, Internet and utilities to fit them in your budget. Cancel all of your utilities at your old place and schedule them for your new one. And most importantly, don’t forget to cancel all unnecessary things you will not need after you move. If you have any magazine or newspaper subscriptions, you should either cancel them or change the address as soon as you move. Based on that calculation, you can determine how much you can spend on your rent.
Know the Cost of Living Before Moving
This is very important, as your salary has to cover the expenses. Unless this is the case, you should postpone your adventure until you can pay for all the costs of renting an apartment, relocation, and living for a couple of months.
Get Renters’ and Health Insurance
If you are under 26 years of age, you can stay on your parent’s health insurance. But if you are not eligible for that, check other options for affordable federal health insurance or a local one if available, as you never know when you may need it. Renters’ insurance is also a good investment, as it will help you replace valuable items or get compensation.
Choose If You Want to Live Alone or with Someone
This is something you need to consider, as having a roommate may alleviate the anxiety of being alone for the first time, especially if it is one of your friends. Also, sharing expenses will allow you to live in a better neighborhood, better house and leave you some extra cash for entertainment. You can also move in with somebody who is looking to share a house as that place is bound to be furnished. That way, you will be able to save some money.
Decide What You Need in Your New Place
First, you need to decide on the right location of your apartment, depending on your priorities. Do you want it to be close to your job, your gym, a park or your favorite restaurant? Take into consideration the safety of the neighborhood and public transportation available.
Prepare Your Things for Your New Apartment
After thinking about what you need, start collecting belongings you will carry, such as pieces of furniture, kitchen items, and personal stuff. If you are moving far away, it may be better to buy those things at your new destination instead of packing unnecessary possessions.
Create a Moving Out for the First Time Checklist
Before moving in, replace the locks and fumigate or exterminate the apartment. Extend the power cords as it will be harder to do once the furniture is in. It is advised to clean and disinfect the fridge before placing anything in it. Also, one of the best tips is to photograph the state of the apartment before you place the moving boxes in their designated rooms.
Starting with your bedroom, you need to get a bed, as you do not want to start your new life sleeping on the floor, but only after you’ve assessed the size of the room. Prepare the mattress accordingly, with pillows and bed sheets. And don’t forget the ironing board for your clothes.
For your living room, you need a sofa and a lamp, followed by a coffee table and a TV.
As far as the kitchen is concerned, you might invest in a small dining table and a few chairs, as you will probably have a cooker and a fridge installed in the apartment.
At this point, a basic tool kit containing hammers, screwdrivers, nails, and scissors will be useful for unpacking or any potential repairs. A step stool is also handy, as well as a first aid kit.
Get Supplies for the First Month
As for the food, we suggest you bring the following items:
- some spreads
- pasta and sauces
- coffee and tea
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- some fruit and vegetables
Don’t forget kitchen cleaning supplies, such as sponges and liquids and a kitchen bin as well. If there is no dishwasher, a drying rack would be useful. The rest can be bought later.
Toiletries should also be on your list, as you will be using the toilet from the first day. Shower curtain and towels are needed immediately, followed by toilet paper and all the other stuff we need on a daily basis (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet brush, plunger).
Practice Good Habits and Create a Schedule For Chores
You have to start changing your habits once you separate from your family, as you probably weren’t burdened by expenses or chores pertaining to everyday life. Getting up early to go to work may require an alarm clock, so get one to get used to it.
As you move in, start attending to all the chores that need to be done immediately, as neglecting them will only cause you extra effort once they pile up. If you have a housemate, create a day-to-day schedule of chores for each of you or find some other mutual arrangement.
Set Your Navigation to Your New Home and Go!
Once you have checked off all the steps from your checklist, you are set to go, so make sure you have set your navigation to your new destination and start the journey.