How to move out of home in 6 easy steps

Moving out of home to be independent doesn't need to be stressful.

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Moving out of home can be a fulfilling experience for young adults. However, the task itself can seem daunting if not planned properly. Many factors come into play, such as the location, budget, and household responsibilities that come with independent living. It doesn’t have to be as stressful as it sounds, though.

If you’re moving out of home for the first time, this guide is for you. Read insights on how to move out of home so your transition to independent fancy-free living can be smooth and less stressful.

Step 1: Find the right spot

Finding a new home when moving out

Whether you're planning on buying, renting, or living in a share house, you will have to decide on the location that best suits your needs, budget, and lifestyle when moving out of home.

Ask family and friends if they have any areas to recommend. Once you have a few locations in mind, continue your research online. Perhaps check out some reviews to see what the locals have to say about that specific area.

Online research is all well and good, but there's only so much you can take away from photos. Be sure to attend a few open houses to see what kinds of properties are out there in your price range and, at the same time, get a feel of the neighbourhood you're interested in.

Once you find a potential place to call home, be sure to check its proximity to your workplace, university, family, supermarkets, and public transport, as nobody enjoys a long arduous commute every day.

Step 2: Set a budget

Setting a budget when moving out

Living independently can be very expensive, so it is essential to plan and work out your budget before moving out of home. A budget will help establish whether you can afford it and perhaps more importantly ensure you won't be subsisting on two-minute noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

When working on your budget, consider the cost of rent, utilities (electricity, gas and water), groceries, clothing, pay tv and internet connection fees, transport costs, parking permits (if required), furniture, appliances, essentials, and entertainment. Don't forget to factor in certain ‘hidden' expenses like the security bond (typically four weeks' rent), utility connection fees, and home and contents insurance.

To determine if your move will be sustainable in the long term, we recommend calculating your estimated monthly income and planning a monthly spend covering food, bills, rent, transport, and other essentials.

Pro-tip: Write a checklist that outlines what you need to move out of your home. This will make planning easier and help you stay more focused, as you transition to a new chapter in your life.

Step 3. Set up house rules

Setting house rules when moving out of your home

If you're moving in with a friend, partner, or flatmate, communication is the key to living in a happy and comfortable household.

The best way to avoid conflict in a shared environment is to set ground rules early on. Good topics to discuss with your new roomies include having guests stay over, house parties, labelling food, shower time limits, loud music, pets, leaving dishes in the sink, and smoking.

When raising concerns with your housemates, always remember to respect each other's opinions and listen to their feedback. It's important that you feel like you can be honest and open with the people you live with. At the end of the day, if you're not comfortable in a certain living situation, there are always other options out there.

Step 4: Nail the chores

Doing chores on your own

With moving out of home comes adventure, freedom, and newfound independence, but with independent living comes great responsibility.

To avoid being overwhelmed by housework, try making a schedule of chores for the first few weeks. This will help you to get into a routine of doing the laundry, grocery shopping, dishes, cleaning, cooking, and putting the bins out. It can be worthwhile to draw up a cleaning roster if you're living in a shared house to make sure everyone is chipping in equally.

Before your grocery shop, it's wise to plan out your meals for the coming week, so you a) buy what you need, b) don't overspend, and c) don't blow the budget on takeaway meals. If you're moving in with housemates, it can be fun to take turns cooking dinner or arranging a weekly group dinner to catch up, bond, and voice any concerns.

Step 5: Seek help

Seeking help from parents

If you're having financial or emotional trouble once you've moved out, don't be afraid or too proud to seek help and advice from others.

If you're moving out for the first time, it can be a good idea to do a trial run before going the whole nine yards. You could have a crack housesitting for a friend or let your parents put their feet up and run the family household for a month or so.

Remember your parents have been through the same transition when they were young. They may be able to help you out with a loan or offer valuable advice about how to best go about managing your household chores and bills.

Once you're settled in, if you have any pressing questions about your new neighbourhood (i.e. the best places to eat out or if there is a 24-hour pharmacy), online forums are a great way to get valuable insights and opinions from experienced locals.

Also, remember there are a number of community organisations that can be a great source of advice in times of stress and hardship. 

Step 6: Stay in touch

Keeping in touch

Having looked after you all your life, your parents or guardians are likely to miss you when you move out and vice versa. So be sure to visit, text, call, email, and Skype your folks regularly, and try not to run back home to use their Wi-Fi and laundry too much.

Ready for the big move?

With these steps, moving out of home can be more exciting. Remember that you don’t have to take on all the work yourself. To lessen the burden during the move, hire movers to transport your items from your family home to your new space. 

Enjoy this new phase and happy house hunting!

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FAQs on Moving Out

Start with thinking about your finances. Now that you'll be moving out of home and taking on more responsibilities, it's important to have an understanding of your budget and how to make it work once you're out living on your own.

The estimated average cost of moving houses in the UK can start from £200 to £1,000, depending on the number of items you need to transport from one place to your new location. However, you also need to consider other costs before settling in your new home. To make sure that you have enough money for moving expenses and emergencies, experts recommend having at least four to six months' worth of savings. This will give you enough to cover bills, lease, and other expenses.

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