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The Guide to Moving Out for the First Time

Are you moving out for the first time? If so, you are probably feeling lots of excitement along with some nerves, too. It can be a big adjustment, so follow these tips to make moving out for the first time a seamless process:

Finance Planning

Moving out on your own often means financing for yourself, by yourself. This means paying for rent, electricity, internet, food, home essentials, and more. Start by making a budget: total up the amount of income you typically bring in each month. Your rent should not exceed 30% of that amount or else your budget may be stretched too thin. Once you have figured out how much you will have left over after paying rent, subtract your utility costs. Some places may include your utilities with your rent, but if not, it may include your water, electric, gas, and internet. The money left over will be needed for essentials such as food, toiletries, and transportation. You will most likely find yourself needing some home furnishings as well. Budget accordingly so you can avoid getting into a sticky financial situation.


When moving out for the first time, having a roommate to keep you company can be comforting. It can also help you save expenses by dividing up costs. However, having a roommate isn’t for everyone. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages to decide if having a roommate is right for you. If you decide to live alone, make sure it is feasible to do so with your current budget.

Lifestyle Tasks

Living on your own can be a huge wake-up call for some. If your parents typically took on the tasks of doing laundry and cooking meals, you may realize that you need some pointers when it is time for you to do it on your own. Try to learn as much as you can about home tasks before you move out, like ironing, using a washer and dryer, cooking meals, etc.

Moving Plan

When you are about to move out, you should make a plan and give yourself ample time for each task. Do you need to hire movers or rent a truck? If you do not have lots of furniture to move, you may be able to transport your items yourself. Make sure you have plenty of moving boxes and supplies. When packing up your belongings, have a separate box for things you no longer want or need so you can donate, recycle, or toss them. Also, refrain from throwing your things into boxes with no real strategy. You will thank yourself later if you take the time to wrap up the delicate items and label each box.

Wilson Property Management

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