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Tips for Moving Out on Your Own

It’s a rite of passage and a symbol of independence. What is it? Moving out on your own. To mark your journey into adulthood confidently, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips for the first-time mover be it for college, work, or simply a change of pace.

Get Your Finances in Order

One of the best things that you can do prior to a move is to sort out your finances by establishing a budget. You should be able to comfortably pay your first and last month’s rent, including security deposits and any other payments that your landlord may require prior to moving in. Having a stable or steady income is another comfort that can help you better establish a budget without living hand to mouth. Not sure how to budget for apartment life? The 50-30-20 budget is an easy rule of thumb that you can follow:

  • 50% of your income will go towards any necessities—household essentials, insurance, groceries, bills, rent, etc.
  • 30% of your income can be allocated for your wants—hobbies, entertainments, dining, fun, etc.
  • 20% of your income should go towards savings and financial goals—loans, debt, retirement, etc.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help & Guidance

Moving out on your own for the first time is a learning experience, and things may not go as smoothly as you hoped they would. Asking for help and guidance from experienced friends and family members can help you avoid those bigger bumps and challenges that come with moving. This advice can also help you establish good habits before your move, like how to follow a budget and establish good credit.

You Don’t Need to Buy Everything at Once

The temptation to furnish your new place within the first week of the big move is real for most first-time movers. While these purchases have the potential to serve as tangible markers of your new independence, you’ll probably end up with a lot of useless junk that you’ll have no need for a few months down the line. So, take your time and make good investments on furnishings that you absolutely love.
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