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Guide to moving out of your parents house

Posted by Christophe Meunier on

It's a big life change to move out of your parents house. Although it's an exciting time, you might be anxious about the prospect of living independently.
It will increase your self-confidence and decrease anxiety. You will be able to deal with the moving day much more easily if you are prepared.

This checklist will help you organize and get ready for your move if it is your first time.


1. Set a budget

  • Add all of the income from all sources.
  • Add the non-negotiables to your total cost: rent/mortgage and council tax, utility costs (electric, gas phone broadband water), TV license, petrol/diesel/public transportation costs. These average costs can be found at the government's money advice service.
  • Add up all annual bills like car insurance, home, insurance, MOT/service and boiler/gas fire service. Divide this number by 12 to find out how much you will need to save each month.
  • Add "b", "c", and subtract them from "a". You will now have a monthly figure to spend on entertainment and groceries. You should save some money each month for unexpected expenses, as well as for Christmas/birthday gifts and holidays.
  • You may have to look for cheaper housing or a flat-share arrangement to share the costs if you don't have enough money to eat well, save up, and live comfortably.
2. Keep to your budget! You can't afford to get into spiraling debt.

3. Make sure you have enough money to pay for...
  • If renting, your deposit and the first month's rent;
  • If you are buying, your capital deposit
  • Cost of moving - If you have to rent a van for example
  • Furniture and furnishings

4. After you have chosen a property that is within your budget, go to it at different times throughout the day to hear for excessive noise and observe traffic levels. You can do a dry-run of the daily commute at the same time as you would normally start.

5. Photograph your room and your parent's house as it is. You'll see things change once you move out. Photos can help preserve your childhood memories.

6. Clear out your clutter. You will have less to move and it will be easier. You can take only what you will need to furnish your new home (see 9 and 10 below) and then give, sell, or donate anything you don't intend to use again.

7. You don't want to lose all of your memories. Your parents may be willing to store your excess belongings in their loft. Or you might rent a self-storage locker to keep things that you aren't ready to give up but won't fit in your new home.

8. How will you transport your belongings from your old home to your new one? Will you be using your car or hiring a van?

9. The following furniture is a minimum requirement:
  • A mattress and a bed
  • A clothes rail or wardrobe
  • A bedside table
  • A sofa
  • A coffee table
  • Bookcases and/or chests of drawers
  • Washing machine
  • Horse dryer/clothes
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Iron and ironing board
10. The following furniture is a minimum requirement:
  • Pillows
  • Duvet
  • Pillowcases and duvet covers
  • Bed sheets
  • Blinds/curtains 
  • Coat hangers
  • Shower curtain
  • Towels
  • TV
  • Sofa cushions and blankets
  • Lamp for soft lighting
  • Toaster and kettle
  • Side plates and dinner plates
  • Cutlery
  • Cups and glasses
  • Microwave
  • Tea towels
  • Dishwasher tablets and liquids can be washed up if you have one.
  • Tea, coffee, sugar canisters
  • Laundry detergent
11. These are great to have in your house:
  • A toolkit that includes a hammer and screwdrivers (flathead, Phillips), Allen key/hex keys and Stanley knife.
  • Spare lightbulbs
  • Laundry basket
  • First aid kit
  • Carpet cleaners are available as cleaning supplies
12. Replace the locks. You never know who might have lost spare keys over time.

13. Introduce yourself to your neighbours. They may become your friends and may even offer to watch your home while you are away if you reciprocate. They can also be a great source for local information.

14. It is important to know these things:
  • Know where the fuse box is located and what to do when it blows.
  • If you have to shut off water supply, where is the stopcock?
  • When do the bins have to be emptied?
  • There are many emergency electricians and plumbers.
  • Make sure that the CO detectors and smoke alarms are installed and functioning (replace batteries if they're not working).

15. Take note of your electricity and gas readings. If you have a water meter, take a picture to document any disputes.

16. Register for broadband, electric, and water.

17. Register to vote and ensure you are registered for Council Tax.

18, Update your address on your paperwork (driving licence, passport) and inform your bank/university.

19. After you move in, if space is a problem (e.g. If space becomes a problem after you move in (e.g., when you start to buy Christmas decorations, camping gear, or sports equipment), then you can either rent or invest in a shed.

20. Make a list of chores that you need to complete each day or week so they don't get overwhelming. As a guide, choose what is most important for you home.

  • Daily
    • Washing your hands
    • Cleaning oven hobs and other surfaces
    • Wipe down the bathroom sink and flush the loo
  • Weekly
    • Change your bed
    • Vacuum
    • Mop
    • Dust
    • Get out of the bath
  • Monthly
    • Make sure to clean the windows
    • Check high-level areas for cobwebs

Keep these things in mind when you move out of your parents' house

This is a huge step that you should be ready for both practically and psychologically. Once you move out, you will return to your home as a guest. Your parents may repurpose your old room as a gym, office, or guest room.

Your own method of doing things might differ from the way your parents used to do them. This could make it difficult for your parents to accept and may try to overrule or criticise you. While you may appear to be an adult to the rest, your parents will always consider you their child.

Take a deep breathe and don't take it personally if you feel like they are treating you poorly. It comes from a place where love and care is present, and you can do what you want when you return to your home.

Enjoy the process of settling in to your first home, remember for cheap packing supplies everything you need is right here.

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