Moving out of parents house is not as easy as it seems as there are many factors to consider. Many have made the decision of if they are ready to move out of their parents’ house just because they want to live independently with no one telling them what to do and what not to do only to find out that they aren’t ready yet. If you are moving out on your own for first time, it will be best to read on and see if you are actually ready.
Moving Out Requires a Huge Responsibility
It’s not like you’re playing house when you’re moving out for first time. In fact, nothing about moving out involves games, rather it’s such a huge responsibility that you should take seriously. You will be faced with bills, trips to the grocery, chores such as cleaning and laundry and so much more. These seem fun and easy but when you have to do it again and again, it can get tiring. When you have your own home, you cannot be lazy and just lay down all day. You need to get up every single morning to do chores then go to work; if not, you won’t have money to spend and you’d live in a house that would be best called a dump site.
Taking Care of Your Household Needs When Moving Out
Vacuuming, sweeping, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, cooking, keeping food in the ref and a whole lot more are only some of the things you need to learn when moving out of parents’ house. When you’re so used to your parents doing and buying everything for you, you can’t expect them to do the same when you moved out. This can be a big adjustment when moving out for some. Maybe look for roommates who are more experienced in these areas.
Budgeting Skills When Moving Out on Your Own for First Time
If you think you’ll be getting, or you already have a good enough paycheck, think again. Moving out requires a whole lot of responsibilities and bills to pay. More than your rent, you will be spending money every single day. You probably won’t have extra cash for the movies or a night out with friends unless you are highly skilled in budgeting.
Are You Disciplined Enough?
Moving out of parents house needs a whole lot of discipline and self-control. Each time you turn on that television set, your consuming energy. If you spend a whole lot of money on beer or wine rather than food, you’d go hungry. You also have to start thinking about buying healthy food. If your parents always had fruits and veggies on the table, and you’d only buy junk food and sweets with your own money, then now is the time to grow up and think like a parent too. Moving out means you’d have to have self-discipline, and you do what’s right without being told.
Normal Costs of Moving Out
There can be many surprise costs when moving out for your first time. Below are some of the commonly compiled costs you might see when moving out for first time.
One-time costs of moving out:
- Moving truck
- Boxes and packing tape
- Dinner/beer for friends who help you move (presumably you won’t need movers as you won’t have a lot of stuff)
- Furniture and linens
- Dishware and utensils
- Cookware and starter pantry items (like salt and pepper)
- Cleaning supplies, including: broom, vacuum, Windex, etc.
- Other miscellaneous supplies that your parents had and you always took for granted (like bandaids, aspirin, dish sponges, a plunger!, etc.)
- Credit check/application fee/initial deposit for rentals
- Utility deposits (if you have bad/no credit)
Recurring costs of moving out
- Utilities (gas & electric, water/trash in some places, internet, etc.)
- Laundry (if you don’t have a machine in your unit)
- Renter’s insurance (this can be optional)
- Toiletries and daily use items — My dorm always had toilet paper and paper towels. It’s surprising how quickly you go through TP!
- Occasional small things like lightbulbs and batteries
Expenses people sometimes forget about when moving out of parent’s house, in no particular order:
- Misc. objects you don’t realize you need until you move into the place, like a tub mat if the bathtub is slippery, shelf liners if the shelves are icky, that sort of thing. Budget for it.
- Check whether the place you’re moving has a personal property tax. If you own a car, you’ll be paying for it.
- Check car insurance rates if you’ll have a car.
- Renter’s Insurance
- You probably won’t be cooking your first few days in a new place. Plan to pay for some meals.
- Dry cleaning
- Something going wrong: broken phone, broken laptop, etc.