Moving out of home made easy: 10 steps to follow

moving out of home made easy 10 steps to follow

So, you’ve made the decision? You’re ready to fly the coop. But for first-time movers, it can be challenging knowing where to start. What do you need? How hard is the moving process? Can you take your mum’s favourite dinner set? (We reckon that’s a firm no.)

Moving out of home can feel like a big leap as you face many new life decisions, leaving you with many unanswered questions. Whether you’re stepping out into the world of independent living for the first time or someone taking this leap later in life, preparation is key to ensuring a smooth moving out-of-home experience.

To help get you started, here are 10 essential steps to prepare for moving out of home, getting you set up and excited for what’s ahead.

How to move out of home for the first time

1. Create a budget

create a budget

Understanding what you can afford by creating a budget is your first step towards financial (and living) independence. Create a budget that includes your income and all your expenses, and don’t forget an allocation for savings. Consider ongoing costs such as rent, groceries, transport, contents insurance and utility bills like gas, water, electricity, internet and a landline if you choose to connect one. Also factor in one-off costs, including rental bond, up to four weeks’ rent in advance, connection fees for utilities and internet, removalist costs or van hire, furniture and homewares and parking permits. Sites like MoneySmart offer excellent guides to get you started with creating a budget and to help you prepare for expected and unexpected costs. 

2. Start a savings strategy

start a savings strategy

Before you move out of home, build a safety net. Aim to save enough money to cover at least three months of living expenses. You will rest easy knowing you can handle any surprises that life might throw your way.

3. Decide if you’ll live alone or with others

decide if you'll live alone or with others

Deciding between living solo or in a share house can significantly impact your experience and budget. Sharing can obviously cut costs. However, it’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page from the start when it comes to household responsibilities. It is also wise to name every housemate on the lease and utility bills to safeguard against future rental disputes. Formalising rent and expense agreements in writing will also make communal living a more secure and enjoyable experience.

4. Consider your lifestyle

consider your lifestyle

Choosing where you’ll live is about more than location. Consider your lifestyle, commute times and what amenities and facilities are important to you. Do you want to be within walking distance of cafes and the train station? Do you want to be near the beach? Do you need a parking space for your car? Remember, it’s not just about a place to sleep but a space and lifestyle you can comfortably create that feels like home.

5. Shop for house supplies

shop for house supplies

It’s important to equip yourself with the essentials without breaking the bank. Create a moving-out list that includes all your essential furniture, like your bedframe and mattress, as well as kitchen must-haves. Think sustainably and shop for good quality secondhand items to help your budget stretch further. Once you’ve got the necessities covered, you can settle into your new home and add extras like an espresso machine or bigger TV, when the budget allows. 

6. Declutter and donate

declutter and donate

Moving out of home is an ideal opportunity to reassess what’s important to you. Lighten your load by decluttering and donating items you no longer need or use. Consider donating to a local charity to help those in need. Or, you could sell items that are still in good condition (and help get you a luxury extra down the track).

7. Embrace your new independence

embrace your new independence

Take some time to understand the tasks and responsibilities that come with moving out of home. Mastering the art of managing daily chores, from cooking wholesome meals to keeping your living space tidy, comes down to planning. Establish a simple weekly cleaning routine and plan your meals to keep on top of grocery shopping. Eating nutritious home-cooked meals will help keep your budget in check, too! 

8. Learn what to do in an emergency

learn what to do in an emergency

Prepare for the unexpected by knowing a few emergency essentials. Make a list of contacts you can quickly call upon, such as a plumber and electrician, and make sure you know the location of your nearest medical facility and pharmacy. Also, learning how to turn off your water mains and gas could save you from potential damage and costly repairs down the track.

9. Connect with your new local community

connect with your new local community

Your new neighbourhood is full of opportunities. Explore local community groups, sports teams or other clubs based on your interests. Get to know your neighbours and exchange contacts. Connecting with your new community will help you feel more settled and happy in your new place. 

10. Make a moving house checklist

make a moving house checklist

Finally, arm yourself with an organised approach to moving out of home. Make a checklist of all the things you need to do before your move-out date to ensure nothing is overlooked (psst… we created an ultimate moving house checklist that’s top-notch). This list can act as a roadmap to a hassle-free move.

Your guide to a fresh start

Moving out of home for the first time is exciting and a big step towards independence and self-discovery. Following these 10 essential steps will help make the moving experience a fun and happy one. Don’t forget to lean into the process and celebrate the milestones. Learn more about Happly and how to make your house move even smoother.

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