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8 Tips For Moving Out on Your Own

Moving out on your own is a big deal, trust us, we totally get it. Many people dream about living independently and have grand ideas in mind, and when the time finally comes, it can be slightly overwhelming. That’s why we’ve gathered some practical tips that make moving a little easier for you. 

1.    Decide on the Best Living Situation for You
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when moving into a new place is whether to live alone or with roommates. While having roommates will allow you to split costs, such as rent, bills and furniture, and provide you with companionship, there is always the risk that one or more of your roommates may have bad habits or stop paying their share of the bills. Make sure any roommates you choose have similar living habits to yourself and a reliable source of income.

2.    Be Aware of Busy Season
Another important decision is when to move. In urban areas, the best time to move varies, but late April is usually ideal. You beat the busy summer moving season and the weather is typically moderate. However, when you move will likely depend on when you begin a new job. To get the best advice about the community you’re moving into, talk to a local mover.

3.    Start the Search Process Early
You should begin your search for an apartment or home several months in advance. This will give you time to find different options, visit the places that you’re interested in, and narrow your choices. Once you have a decision made, you’ll be left with plenty of time to obtain all your necessary documentation, sign your lease or close on a home, and plan your move.

4.    Budget Your Money
During your search for a new residence, it is important to have a budget planned out. Ask yourself questions, such as: How much will I be making? Do I have any loans to pay off? What, if any, assistance will I be getting from family? What kind of lifestyle do I want to live? How much do I want to save? It is recommended that a person’s monthly housing payment should be no more than a third of their monthly net income, to allow for utility payments, living expenses, and any savings. Take all of this into consideration and come up with a price range that you can afford.

5.    Ask Questions
When you visit a potential apartment or home, you should gather as much information as possible. Drive around the area to see if it’s safe and if you would enjoy living there. Locate the nearest grocery, pharmacy, gas station and any other business that you might need. Ask the landlord or realtor plenty of questions, and ask to see the unit that you would be moving into, if possible. Be sure to talk to neighbors and gather their opinions of the area or complex. It is also helpful to have someone with you—especially an elder—to help you ask the right questions and offer a different point of view.

6.    Accumulate the Necessities Early
Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, it’s time to furnish your new place. If you’re living with roommates, decide who is going to bring which items, and figure out whether you’ll split the cost of new items or buy them individually. If you’re living alone, ask family and friends if they have any old items that you could have or look in thrift stores. You can always replace these items later once you can afford it. However you obtain these necessities, try to get as many as you can before you move in so you don’t have to live without them.

7.    Know Your Moving Options
The physical moving of your belongings can be the most stressful part of the moving process. However, hiring a professional mover can take the stress away from this process. Many professional moving companies offer an experienced team of professional movers and packers to help make the transition easier. It’s best to do your research and simply start with a free moving estimate from a local moving agent in your area.

8.    Relax!
Moving out on your own for the first time is a stressful and emotional experience, but it is also an exciting time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just think of all the positives that come with living on your own and all the opportunities that exist. And consider a professional mover to help put your mind at ease throughout the moving process.

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