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Tips For Moving Out On Your Own For the First Time

Published by Chris Townsend

Tips For Moving Out On Your Own For the First Time

Moving out on your own for the first time can present a lot of challenges. Not only do you have to deal with the logistics of finding a place to live and moving, but there’s also the stress of striking out on your own in life for the first time. You may have to consider some things that haven’t always been a part of your life before; for example a budget and a cleaning schedule. If you follow the tips we have listed below, you’ll be well prepared for that first apartment or house.


Making a budget and sticking to it is one of the most important things you need to keep in mind when you first live on your own. If this is the first time you’ve had to budget, be sure to give yourself plenty of wiggle room. Sometimes bills can run higher than expected and you’ll want to have a financial cushion in case unexpected costs crop up, which happens often in life. If you’re on a shoestring budget with no safety net, even a minor auto repair can cause problems if you haven’t budgeted for it. Keep in mind that you may have to alter your budget as you go along so try to stay flexible and build good spending habits.

Have A Cleaning Schedule

Part of living on your own, even with roommates, means that there will be household chores that need to done on a regular basis. Vacuuming, sweeping, dishes, and laundry are all a regular part of life when you’re on your own. Try to come up with a schedule for these chores so that you have time allotted for everything that needs to get done. Don’t forget you’ll need to give the bathroom a deep clean once in a while too. Just like with your budget, it’s good to start creating these habits before you’re actually out on your own so that they’ll be second nature when you are.

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Find A Place To Live

When it comes to actually finding a place to live, you may find that the search takes longer than expected. This largely depends on the housing market in your area, but you’ll likely have to invest some time sending emails, making phone calls, and looking at places before you find your new home. Keep in mind that in more competitive housing markets, especially college towns, it may be more difficult to secure a place to live. Put together a generic housing application with references in case a landlord doesn’t have one of their own (they usually do) and you’ll be well prepared to find your first place.

Consult With Roommates

If you’ll be living with other people, stay in communication with them about the plans well before moving day. You’ll want to know who’s bringing what to the living space, as well as how rent and bills will be split among the household. Talk about your work schedules if there’s going to be a shared bathroom—there can be a lot of morning traffic in the bathroom if everyone is trying to get to work at the same time. Consider other responsibilities you may have to share as well, such as taking care of animals, grocery shopping, cleaning supplies, yard work, and anything else you can think of that might come up. The more prepared you are, the better.

Contact Moving Companies

Once you’ve pinned down a place to live and made any necessary arrangements with housemates, it’s time to start looking into moving companies. Even for a local move, you may find that it’s well worth it to hire a mover so that you don’t have to worry about moving furniture in and out of a truck and potentially up stairs. If you’re moving out to go to college, many moving companies that cater to students offer a discount with a student ID so be sure to keep that in mind!

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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