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9 tips on how to move out of your parent's house

December 14, 2022 | By Roomrs

 

So you’re getting a little older and maybe asking yourself, “At what age do people move out”? Quite honestly, there’s no right answer. The most important thing is that you’ve saved up enough money to cover expenses.

 

If you’ve been thinking that now might be the right time, keep reading for tips on how to successfully move out of your parent’s house.

1. Speak to your parents

Whether your parents are encouraging you to move or not, it’s critical to speak with them about your plans. Even if they are supportive of your move, they may be sad to see you go. With this in mind, just make sure to be extra sensitive to their feelings during this time.

2. Set a move out date

It’s recommended that you come up with a date you are planning to move out. This helps both you and your parents to be better prepared. Although things happen, and you may not necessarily have everything ready by then, at least you have a time frame to work towards. It might even give you that extra push, to have everything in place by your prospective move-out date.

3. Have good credit/a guarantor

Landlords and property managers will run your credit to make sure you pay bills on time, don’t have any prior evictions, check your rental history etc. They are trying to make sure you will be a good tenant, before approving you for the apartment. If you haven’t been able to build up sufficient credit yet, you will need a guarantor. This is someone that will cosign the apartment lease alongside the tenant or tenants. By signing the lease, they are agreeing to be legally responsible for the apartment.

4. Save money

Moving out on your own is an expensive venture, make sure you’ve adequately prepared by saving money. You will likely need to pay for things like your security deposit, first month's rent, fees for setting up wifi and cable, utilities, moving costs, etc. Create a monthly budget to break down costs, and get a better idea of how much money you should have saved up.

 

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5. Create a budget

Creating a budget gives you the ability to plan out your expenses accordingly. Evaluate your monthly income, as well as how much is required for you to pay in rent, utilities, as well as other expenses. Also have enough to cover moving costs, your security deposit, broker's fee, etc.

6. Find a realtor

A Realtor assists individuals in finding a place to live. They have access to several different listings, so it makes it easier for them to find you the perfect apartment. Let them know exactly what you’re looking for, and they will be able to find several options that fit your needs. A Realtor accompanies you to apartment viewings and is there to answer any questions you might have. Keep in mind that they do charge for their services. You may be required to pay a broker's fee on top of other moving expenses, so take that into account when preparing your budget.

7. Get packing supplies

In order to start packing up your stuff, you’re going to need supplies. Make sure to collect things like bubble wrap, boxes, tape, and anything else you might need. Luckily, you can find pretty much all of these supplies online, or at stores like Home Depot, Staples, etc. If you’re trying to save money, do some research into finding free boxes. There are several options available!

8. Pack

Now that you’ve gathered all your supplies, it’s time to actually start packing! It’s recommended that you start with all non-essential items first. This could be anything from seasonal clothing, books, memorabilia, and anything else that you will not need in the coming weeks. You can start packing all other essential items closer to your move-out date. Plus, don’t forget to label all your boxes so you don’t get confused about where things are packed. You want to make this process as smooth as possible, and keeping organized helps you do that.

 

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9. Get rid of things you no longer want

A big part of the packing process is getting rid of things you don’t use anymore. This could be items of clothing, furniture, etc. Doing this prior to your move helps you declutter, and essentially will end up making the packing process easier (the less stuff you have, the easier your move will be). Not to mention, it saves you money! Another option is selling your more valuable items. You can either have a garage sale or sell your items online. Regardless, it’s a great way to earn money that you can put towards your move.

 

If you’re looking to move into your first apartment, check our Roomrs! They value affordability, flexibility, and aim to find roommates that compliment you perfectly! All perks are also included in the price of rent; including furnished apartments, wifi, and monthly cleaning! Find available apartments here.

 

 

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