The Ultimate Move-Out Checklist (Part 1)
The time has come. You’ve finally decided it’s time to move out. This is an incredibly exciting time, however, it can also be daunting. It’s hard to know where to start, and to figure out everything that needs to be done to prepare you for this massive lifestyle change. The following are some tips, tricks and the ultimate checklist to ensure you’re feeling prepared and comfortable with the journey ahead.
Section 1: Before the Move
The decision has been made to move out of your family home. Fantastic! That’s the easy part. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of journey ahead that you forget about all of the important details included in moving. You need to remember certain things such as preparing a rental application; personal budgets for rent, bills, groceries and unexpected costs; cleaning and weekly routines; and finding the right people to move with.
Discuss with your parents. You don’t want this move to come as a surprise to them. Be sure to have a conversation with them as soon as you decided you’d like to make the move. Having their support will make the move much smoother, and you may be able to pick up some useful information from them.
Start saving, and collecting. No matter what you’re expecting, moving out will always be more expensive than you think. Bonds, furniture, unexpected costs… establishing your new home always comes with surprises for your wallet. If you start putting away savings, as well as items for your new life (linen, cutlery, pots and pans, etc.), when you do eventually move out, you’ll find yourself not only feeling more prepared, but it won’t be such a shock for your bank account.
Decide on a rental budget. Don’t get me wrong, living in a beautiful, modern, new abode is the dream, however, it may not be realistic for your first place. You need to have a look at your monthly expenses, and figure out what the most realistic budget is. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself running back to your parents in a couple of months when you can’t afford to pay rent anymore.
Decide on a location. Finding a location can take a bit of time. On one hand, you need to find somewhere that not only fits your lifestyle requirements, but also fits your budget. On the other hand, you need to find a location that you feel comfortable living in, and enjoy coming home to. Start going to inspections and spending time in potential areas to ensure that a) you can afford the area, and b) that it suits all of your requirements.
Prepare you rental application. There may be no rush to move out, however, accumulating all the essential paperwork for your application can take time. You don’t want to potentially miss out on the right property due to not getting your application in on time, or not having the appropriate paperwork to support your application. Creating an account on 1form as soon as you start looking can save a lot of time, eliminate stress and ensure that you are happy with your application and that it will give you the best chance of getting the property.
Now that you feel prepared to start your search and comfortable with the possibility of moving out in the not too distant future, it’s time to prepare for the big day, and the responsibilities that are to follow. In the next instalment of this article, we’ll reveal some tips for your move, and some things to keep in mind while settling in.
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