Moving out for the first time can both exciting and daunting at the same time. I thought I’d share with you some hints and tips for moving out, whether you’re buying or renting hopefully these will help you out.
Don’t just go and choose the first place you go and see. Make sure you shop around, maybe you can get a larger place for the same price in a different area close by? If you’re buying, maybe there’s a new development due to start, you could get in there in the first phase and get the best plot! Once you’ve found a place you like, visit it a few times to make sure it’s the right one for you.
Make sure you budget everything. You don’t want to under-estimate the costs of getting your own place and most definitely your monthly outgoings. There are many online calculators which will help you and include things you may forget like your tv licence. This will help you know what you’re able to save and where your money is going, hopefully preventing you from living pay day to pay day.
If you get a new build, remember sometimes it can take a while for things like council tax to be banded on the property, I recommend you save what you think it will be each month as they will back track it once you are banded. You don’t want to be left with a nasty bill!
Don’t leave everything to the last-minute
Try buy items for your home bit by bit prior to moving. We would buy things like tea towels, cutlery, pots and pans, etc bit by bit so when it comes to moving out you’re not having to spend what looks like a bit chunk of money on getting the essentials and furnishing your home. If you can spread it over a period of time it will stop it looking like such a big chunk of money.
Remember you need to change your address at your bank, doctors, dentist, work, a lot of places! So make sure you make a list of things you need to do and tick them off one by one.
Buy or Rent?
This is a personal choice. Each has their pros and cons. You need to make sure you think carefully about which option would be best for you.
The positive side to renting means you’re not as tied down to one place, if you decide you fancy moving to a different city, it isn’t so complicated as if you have a home to sell. It’s easier to rent as there’s no need to save a large deposit so you are able to move out quicker. The downside is you can’t always decorate it to how you would if it were your own.
Buying, if you are wanting to settle into a place long-term, maybe buying a house would be the best option. There’s a lot of help out there now to help people get on the ladder, you’re able to buy a home with 5% deposit! Buying means you can do what you want with it, if you’re struggling to save, check out my last blog post here for some tips.
Find some inspiration
We found Instagram and Pinterest the best places for inspo on how we’d like to decorate and furnish our home. You can literally search the colour scheme you want on Pinterest and it will come up with lovely ideas. I also found making a separate home Instagram helpful (partly not to annoy my friends with home spam haha), there are thousands of home inspo accounts on there and it’s such a lovely community.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Moving out is stressful, there are so many things you have to remember, so much money to spend. Remember all your family has been in your situation. Don’t be afraid to ask for them to help you out, whether it’s asking them to help build your flat pack furniture from Ikea, maybe see if they have some furniture they’re willing to give to you for free/cheap. You’ll be surprised how much people are willing to help, so just ask. 🙂
Don’t feel like you need to buy everything new
You’re getting your own place for the first time, furnishing it is going to be costly. Don’t expect for it all to be done straight away. Do the essentials first, then make it your project over the year or so to work on it bit by bit. Get yourself on some second-hand selling sites and upcycle some furniture! You’ll be surprised how nice it will look once you’re done. See if you can take your furniture from your family home? At least you’ll have your bedroom furniture sorted. 🙂
That’s everything for now, otherwise I’ll have ended up writing a book by the end of the post if I’m not careful! Hopefully these will help you and make sure you follow my house Instagram for photo updates of our home!