Moving out of your parent’s house is a big step in your life and can be a lot to handle, especially when you are simultaneously becoming a real adult. Here are a few ways to prepare so that you can be confident and stress-free while leaving the nest!
Keep open communication
Whether your parents have been dropping the obvious hints of you moving out or they’re completely supportive of you living with them forever, it would be a good idea to get on the same page. It will create a better atmosphere and eliminate any questions you both may have if you talk to them about what your plan is for the foreseeable future. Your parents are there to help you understand the things you might not yet know about living on your own and will give you the extra support you need when facing this new life adventure.
Moving.com recommends discussing a move-out plan with your parents. This plan will establish a goal date for moving out that works for both you and your parents. This agreed upon date will act as a deadline for you to get your finances in order and feel stable enough to move out.
Figure out your finances
Living at home gives you the perfect opportunity to organize your finances and figure out the best way to manage them before adding rent or a mortgage payment to the mix.
Start by establishing a budget for yourself that includes all of your existing payments:
- Student loans
- Cell phone service
- Car insurance
- Shopping and travel expenses
Now add in the cost of moving and your future expenses:
- Buying new furniture and items for your new place
- Down payment or security deposit and first month’s rent
- Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance
- Utilities and more
However, managing your finances isn’t only about your income compared to your expenses. It is also about changing your mindset and your consumer identity. Though you may be used to eating out often with friends or buying that new jacket at the mall without a second thought, your budget has a lot more relying on it now that you’re in the real world. Try to put this new perspective into practice while you’re still living at home with a financial safety net. Trade in the “frequent restaurant flier” you used to be and replace it with “grocery buyer” and “home-cooked meal lover.”
Start the job search early
You may be in limbo after graduating college or your trade school where you’re technically ready to enter the workforce, but aren’t entirely sure how. It’s essential to your move-out plan that you start hunting for a job as soon as possible. The process can be difficult between applications, interviews, and rejections, but stay motivated. Most young professionals earn entry level positions within their selected industry, which is a great first step in a career path. These positions may not offer the most generous paychecks, but they will give you exactly what you need to cover the essentials. Procuring a steady job before moving out of your parent’s house will make you feel more confident and optimistic about the big move!
Find your new home
This is the most exciting part of moving out of your childhood home and into something you can call your own. You can utilize several online sources when searching for a house or apartment, but remember to take advantage of social media when looking for trustworthy recommendations.
When looking for your new home, there are a few things to consider. Do you have the money to live on your own, or should you take on a roommate or two? This is definitely a less expensive option, but be sure that you are ready to live with someone who is not a family member. If you do choose to live with somebody else, it’s vital that it is someone you trust. Will their rent on time? Do they have good hygiene and are considerate of others?
Another thing you should keep in mind when shopping for your new place is the location. As you’re house hunting, take the time to explore the neighborhood you could be living in. You will be able to plan your route to work and evaluate the amount of traffic that accumulates near your potential home. Also, make sure that you have easy access to some of your favorite places like your gym or your go-to coffee shop. This will make the transition to living on your own easier.
Move out already!
Once you’ve signed the lease, there’s nothing else to do besides move out! Take the time to make a packing check list so that you know what you already have and what you need to purchase for the new place. Then decide on if you’re going to attempt the move yourself or if you’re going to hire a professional moving company. Once you decide on that, it’s time to get moving!
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, Highland Van & Storage is here to make your first move stress-free. We have the experience and equipment necessary to get your belongings to your new home safely so that you can settle in with ease. Give us a call at 604-581-2300 to learn more about our professional moving services or get a quote!