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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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Some young adults choose to stay in their family home for practical reasons, but others embrace the independent lifestyle and move out of home. The latter may appear daunting and stressful due to all the things you have to consider. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

This guide will provide you with all the information you need on how to move out of home to make the transition to independent living as smooth and fun as possible. Read our six steps to moving out for the first time.

Step 1: Find the right spot

Finding a new home when moving out

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

Ask family and friends if they have any areas to recommend. Once you have a few suburbs in mind, continue your research online. Perhaps check out some suburb 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 properties are 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 planning your budget before moving out of home is essential. 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, TV and Internet, transport, parking permits (if required), furniture, and appliances. 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 moving-out-of-home checklist that outlines what you need. 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 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 uncomfortable in a certain living situation, there are always other options.

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 get into a routine of doing the laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, and putting the bins out. It can be worthwhile to draw up a cleaning roster if you live in a shared house to ensure 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, doing a trial run can be a good idea 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 neighborhood (e.g., 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 several community organizations 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 will likely 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?

It’s time to make the big move and enjoy life on your own! Remember these key steps to moving out so you don’t have to worry about this big transition. If you need help, hire movers to pack and transport your items to your new home. This will ease some of the stress and burden during moving day! 

Enjoy this new phase, and happy house hunting!

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FAQs on moving out

It’s normal to panic when you’re moving out for the first time. However, talking to your family and friends is the best way to prepare for this transition mentally. They might have some advice to make you feel more at ease when you’re away from home. More importantly, it will give you peace of mind to have others hear what you’re feeling instead of keeping it all in. 

Have at least four to six months’ worth of savings. This will give you enough to cover utility bills and other expenses. Set aside $1,000 to $2,000 for your emergency funds. Another good rule of thumb is to make sure your monthly income is three times more than your monthly rental costs. 

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