We have to admit, living rent-free in your family home really is amazing. There’s a home-cooked meal on the dinner table every day, and siblings to hang out with. You may have a few bills of your own, but not paying rent really saves you quite an amount each month. This way, you could save up for a vacation or some new tech. However, the question of whether (and when) you should move out has been at the back of your mind for a while. While it is both exciting and sad, moving out of your parents’ home is the first real step to creating your own path in life. So, let’s get started.
Signs your move is overdue
We know moving can be terrifying and stressful. The safety of your old family home has always been present, but when is it the right time to move out? Here are a few signs which could help you:
- You’ve got a stable job. If you’re employed or have been for a few years, it means you are financially secure for moving out of your parents’ home. Sure, you have to pay rent and bills, but so does everyone else. As long as you calculate your expenses and are smart about spending your income, you will be just fine.
- You love to go out. When you’re young, it’s completely normal to have an active social life. This will include going out, partying, dating and so on. However, you have to admit that it’s kind of awkward if you keep coming home in the middle of the night every weekend. Angry or annoyed parents are no fun for anyone. Now, imagine returning from a night out to an empty apartment and no fussing? It’s heavenly.
- Your relationship with your family is suffering. No matter the age gap, it’s understandable if the atmosphere in the family home gets a little tense over time. Try putting yourself in your parents’ shoes. Would you like your children to still live at home after 30 years? Probably not. You’d like a little peace and quiet for yourself. So, find your own place and move out before this relationship is damaged. You can always visit on weekends if you miss mom’s cooking and watching football with dad!
Getting ready for moving out of your parents’ home
Alright, it’s time. You’re finally moving out and starting to live on your own. Be smart and organize your move well: there are plenty of moving problems with a luckily easy solution. Go step by step, if you’re not in a hurry, and stay positive.
Find your own place
Think about the area which suits you best, and go searching for a place. Is it close to your office? What is the neighborhood like? What is the condition of the property? Choosing the right apartment or a house can be a tedious process, but in the end, it is quite rewarding. Once more, you can always ask your parents for help with choosing the right place. Remember, they’ve been through this before.
Pack your belongings
By this step, you have probably found your new place. You should keep in mind the size of the place and its storage capabilities before packing. If you’re tight with space, this would be a good opportunity to de-clutter and get rid of all the stuff you don’t need. Make a checklist and follow through with it – it will help you stay organized and sane. Don’t pack items you won’t use or need. You will only lose money on senseless transportation, and believe us, budgeting will be your new hobby.
Hire the movers
We know that your parents are always there to help you out. However, if you’re moving far away, or you simply want to be independent, it’s a good idea to hire a moving service. They know what they’re doing, and can transfer pretty much anything. If you need further assistance for your household relocation, don’t be ashamed to ask for help from the professionals. Just be mindful and choose the right moving company which suits all your needs.
Be smart and carefully consider your living expenses
We realize that you’ve hardly had to deal with living expenses so far. Until now, the fridge in your family home has somehow always been stocked, the house was clean. From time to time, maybe even your car suddenly got a few extra miles of gas in it, the courtesy of your parents. Everything was going smoothly, but now, a lot of things are going to change. When it’s time for moving out of your parents’ home, you’re not only going to have to pay bills and rent or mortgage. There’s a whole list of things which will drain your budget:
- A security deposit (if you’re renting a place)
- Insurance policies
- Groceries (even if they are packs of ramen noodles)
- Medical expenses
- Personal expenses (including possible car loans, students loans or any other debt which you need to take care of)
- Entertainment (let’s be real, you’re still gonna want to go out and have fun)
- Transportation (bus fares or gas for your car)
If may seem overwhelming, but we promise, you will get a hang of it really quickly. There are even ways to save a bit of money on your moving expenses. You should also consider opening a savings account and establishing a good credit score. A good credit score means that the bank is more likely to approve your loan. Staying organized will ease your mind and make moving out of your parents’ home less stressful and scary.
Communicate with your parents
Your parents may have already been ready for you to move out. Even though they are excited to see you stand on your own two feet, they could still be somewhat sad to see you go. Whatever their opinions and feelings are, it’s important to communicate with them. Set clear goals and talk openly about the moving process. Be sensitive to their needs and emotions during this period, and keep the relationship healthy. Moving out of your parents’ home is tough, but remember, it’s good for both sides.