If you’re looking to move out of your parents’ home and spread your wings, you’re likely just about as scared as you are excited. Just because you’re old enough to move out, doesn’t mean you’re actually ready to move out. There is so much that goes into moving that it is impossible for first-time movers to know what to do. Here are a couple of tips and a basic moving checklist to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Basic Checklist Before Moving Out
- Budget Wisely – Your rent shouldn’t be more than 30% of what you bring home, after taxes, each month. Anything more than this, and you will be struggling to keep the utilities on and food in your belly. Which means if you get paid $3,000 per month or $36,000 per year, your rent should be around $1,000 per month. This dose not include utilities and other home expenses.
- Have A Steady Job – This is a necessity. If you do not have any type of job security, you are not going to be able to maintain your apartment and will be evicted. Most apartments will require a deposit and proof of income to prove that you can afford your new living situation.
- Have A Backup – In case something happens and you lose your job or your hours get cut, do you have someplace you can go if you lose your apartment or must terminate your lease? Be sure you have savings before you move out. Again most housing companies will need prof of how much you make or sometimes a bank statement.
- Look For Furnished Apartments – Appliances are expensive to buy, have delivered and repair when something goes wrong. Finding an apartment that provides your appliances saves you money and puts the responsibility of repairing them on someone else. But sometime these prefinished apartment will cost more. Thrift stores, yards sales and old hand-me-downs might be your next best options.
A storage unit my be needed for the first time is necessary. You can put all of your important items in the unit so whenever you need them, you know exactly where they are. You might not have a lot of stuff to move, but you would be amazed at how difficult it can be to get bigger items up flights of stairs and around tight corners. If you damage the building, you’re going to be paying for it.
Hiring any one of the numerous Thousand Oaks movers, like Attention to Detail Moving, can eliminate this worry and potentially expensive type of mistake. Attention to Detail Moving offers everything from apartment moves to cross country moves. They even offer full service packing of your goods, incase you needed help. Be sure to call Attention to Detail Moving for a free moving quote before you start signing rental paper work.