Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ basement, into your first apartment or buying your first house, it’s probably an exciting time in your life. But it can also be stressful if you don’t plan ahead. Here’s how to make the move as smooth and stress-free as possible.
1. Set up a budget.
Before you start shopping for your dream home, create a realistic monthly budget that includes your rent or mortgage, utilities, transportation costs, food, insurance and entertainment expenses. This will help you figure out how much you can afford to spend on a new place and avoid over-spending.
2. Find a neighborhood that suits your needs.
Choosing the right community can be just as important as finding a home that fits your lifestyle. Consider factors like cost of living, proximity to work, schools and family, crime rate, public transportation options, and amenities. It’s also worth looking at an area at different times of the day to get a feel for noise levels, traffic patterns, cell service and accessibility to groceries and healthcare facilities.
3. Don’t rush into buying furniture.
One of the biggest mistakes first-time renters and buyers you first moving make is purchasing cheap, low-quality furniture that will likely break down or need replacing in a short amount of time. This can increase your moving costs and stress, plus it’s not a good investment for the long term. Instead, save money and time by renting or borrowing quality furniture that will stand the test of time.
4. Invest in cleaning supplies.
If you’re moving into a shared space, it’s essential to have basic cleaning supplies on hand to tackle any messes that occur. Having a hoover, antibacterial spray, cloths, bin liners and toilet cleaner at the ready will ensure you can quickly clean up after yourself and any guests.
5. Change your address on all your relevant documents.
Changing your address on your driver’s license, bank accounts and subscription services is essential to ensure you receive bills and communications from your new residence. It’s a good idea to do this in advance of your move, and update any other official documents that require it as well.
If you’re moving into your own place, it’s always a good idea to leave yourself some time to explore your new neighbourhood and get to know the locals. It’s also important to remember to change the locks, and always have protection handy (regardless of what gender you are). Moving out on your own is an exciting and nerve-wracking time, but with a little preparation you can make the transition as smooth as possible. Good luck!