When Moving Out

Having recently taken the plunge and moved out of my parent’s house, I now feel like I’m well equipped to advise everyone else about how to get prepared for this enormous step! I wish I’d had more advice before I moved into my own apartment. It was really hard work figuring things out by myself, so I’ve made it my mission to tell everyone I know how they can make life easier for themselves.

Upfront Expenses

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The first thing you need to know about is that you’re going to have a whole lot of upfront costs to pay before you move into your new home. Yes, there’s the rent, but there’s also a security deposit, application fees and probably a whole month’s worth of rent to consider. Better start saving up now!

Long Term Expenses

If you’re thinking that all you need to worry about is your rent each month, think again. You’ll have to pay for your electricity and gas as well as your water, your phone line and internet. Don’t splash out all your money like I did on a gym membership in my quest for a nice hourglass shape!

What You’ll Need

Unless you’re moving into a furnished apartment, you’ll need some brand new items for your new home. However, before you go crazy thinking about design schemes, make certain you have the basics to get by. You won’t want to sleep on the sofa for weeks on end, or eat your dinner on the floor! At the very least, you’ll need a sofa, a bed, a chair and a table. You’ll also need basics like utensils, towels, cookware and bedding.

What You’ll Not Need

Don’t take everything that you’ve ever bought with you. You’ll just end up with a lot of mess and clutter to deal with. Keeping your home tidy is much easier when you only have the essentials, so get rid of anything you don’t desperately need or leave it at your parents’ house!

Check Your Lease

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You might never have read a lease before, but you really need to get to grips with legal documents as an adult, and this is a good place to start. Make sure to check it thoroughly and ask questions if you don’t understand anything.

Pets

You need to check first if your four-legged friend is welcome. Lots of buildings don’t allow cats or dogs, and even if they do, you may need to pay a fee or extra deposit. You’ll also need to check that your new home has enough room for your pet.

Choosing A Location

Finding the right location for your new home is really important. You might love a particular apartment, but if it’s miles away from your work, or there’s no shops nearby, it probably isn’t a great choice.

Moving In

You’ll need help on moving day, so draft in some help from friends and family if you can. If you can’t you’ll probably need to hire a moving company. Make sure to book in advance, as you might find that they’re busier than you thought.

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