It’s a sad reality that not evеryone who leaves home can return and ask parents for help in times of trouble.
For that reason, we’ve decided to share moving tips you’d get from a mom or dad. Think of this as the ultimate parents’ help book for a successful transfer to a new place.
Making a Decision & Potential Issues
The first thing a parent would ask is whether you’re ready for this. No matter if you’re 17 or 25, everybody’s lives are different, and the decision to move is a big one.
So, consider whether you feel like you’re making an independent, conscious choice. If the answer’s yes, check if all things necessary for such a step are available to you, from a place to live to finances to cover bills.
Think about all the issues that could arise beforehand, and make a plan for handling them. It might be anxiety-inducing at first, but the stress would be much more significant once you’re already living alone or with flatmates.
The Budgeting Stage
Most of the tricks related to living alone consist of being able to afford it. So, setting a budget is the most important thing to do once you’re ready and willing to move.
Start by making a list of essentials you and your home need, gauging how much they’ll cost. Good examples include:
- Home – rent/mortgage, repairs, maintenance, and bills are all unavoidable.
- Utilities – these include electricity, gas, water, phone, and internet bills.
- Transportation – if you own a car, consider fuel, insurance, and payments, and if you don’t, think about how you’ll move around and how much it’ll cost.
- Food and personal care – from groceries to medical expenses, these all need a place in your budget.
- Extras – always ensure that you can afford all the extra costs that your daily life includes, from going out to the gym, gifts, and trips.
Emergency Savings Fund
Ideally, you’ll only move once there’s sufficient money in your bank account for unexpected expenses. Life delivers unwanted situations that require money, so be sure that you have enough on the side. Apart from the practical implications, it’ll make you feel much safer.
Household Management Necessities
Your new home will require some essential tools, including medical supplies, to treat minor illnesses.
Have an allergy, digestion, cough, and pain medicine handy, as well as miscellaneous items, like supplements, a thermometer, and antiseptic.
You’ll also need a well-stocked kit for cleaning the home. Purchase brushes, gloves, brooms, mops, disinfecting wipes, and all the necessary cleaning products.
Moreover, running a household isn’t easy, especially if it’s your first time living away from home while also working, studying, or otherwise starting an independent life. A planner can help you immensely throughout your day and encourage healthy habits.
Once you have the essentials figured out, it’s time for the actual moving tips.
When it comes to boxes and tape, buy more than you expect you’ll need. Most people tend to underestimate how much stuff they own, so you’ll thank yourself for the extras you purchased.
Plus, if you end up with extras, most stores let you return them.
It’s a great idea to purge before you pack. Especially if you’ve been living in your previous place for years, you’ll notice that you gathered so many things that you might no longer need.
Get rid of old papers, outdated electronics, and items that are in poor shape. Packing and unpacking will become much more manageable. Sell, donate, and throw away anything you’re sure you won’t need.
Moreover, if you’re hiring a professional moving company, follow the advice from UMoveFree and pack in advance. The professionals aren’t there to box your belongings, so make sure to have it all prepared, taped, and sealed before they arrive.
Finally – remember to pack the necessities separately. Moving is a massive and exhausting task. You’ll want to go to bed in your pajamas with your toothbrush and favorite pillow even if you haven’t unpacked everything yet. The next day will already feel much less scary.
Before you arrive at your new place, draw a basic apartment plan for furniture arrangement.
It’ll make things much smoother once your floor is full of boxes. It can save a lot of energy, too, especially if you’re having professionals help you move.
The Bottom Line
Moving can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Using our mom and dad tips and tricks will help the process go smoothly and without hiccups. We wish you all the luck with this big life move.
About The Author: Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
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