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Many of us look forward to moving out on our own as far back as we can remember. It’s very exciting to have a place to call your own! In fact, most people have already had ideas about how to decorate their bedroom or what colors they would like in their living room. Here are several tips for moving out on your own for the first time that you may find helpful.
- Plan your finances. Your first step is going to be to make a budget. Start by totaling up the amount of income that you’ll be bringing in each month. Figure out how much you’ll have left over after rent, and then subtract any utilities you are responsible for. This depends on where you’re living and what may be included in your rent, such as water, electric, gas, internet, and phone. Anything left over will go toward other essentials, like food, toiletries, and transportation. Keeping a log of this may help you stay on top of things. Most importantly, pay your bills and rent on time! It’s very important to establish great credit and references from day one.
- Plan your move. Since you are moving out for the first time, you may not have much furniture or a ton of boxes. If you do choose to hire a moving company, be sure to read reviews and choose a reputable mover. If you don’t decide to use professional movers, you will need to get moving boxes, packing supplies, and some good friends to help! There are great moving tips across the internet, learn the best of them here.
- Update your address. As soon as you move, you’ll need to update the post office, as well as any companies that send you bills or other types of communications. If you moved out of state, you’ll need a new driver’s license and updated vehicle registration if you own a car. Check out our change of address checklist for a step-by-step guide.
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