How-to Guide: Moving Out of Your Parents’ Home
Ready to get moving out of your parents’ home? Well, you’re not alone. As a matter of fact, an analysis by Zillow determined that 21.9 percent of millennials still live with their parents.
What’s keeping millennials in their parents’ homes? Some of the reasons include massive student loans, car payments, entry-level salaries, and California’s sky-high cost of living. It can be a complicated choice to leave the nest. Not to mention that it can be a stressful decision.
However, as we all know, there comes a time when we have to experience that bittersweet moment of independence. It can be hard saying goodbye to that safe space you call home and also gaining the confidence to believe you can make it on your own.
So, if you are thinking or planning on moving out of your parents’ home and you can’t stop worrying, this guide is for you. We cover all the questions swirling around in your head and we will try our best to help you prepare for this exciting adventure.
Prepare Yourself Mentally
There are many pros and cons to think about when moving out of your parents’ home. Yes, it’s nice to let them take care of you and help you out, but think of all the good things you will gain from independence. Visualize everything you want to do, what you need, who you would like to share space with, and how you want to live.
Communicate with Your Parents
Communication with your parents is key. They will want to know what your plans are, including your timeline and how you plan to afford things. Chances are they’ll be glad you’re taking the initiative to (literally!) move forward, but it’s still a change for them. They will appreciate your open communication and the chance to lend a hand.
Understand Your Budget Before Moving Out
Another important question you must ask yourself is how much do you earn? Understanding your current situation can help you understand if you are financially ready to move. Can you pay for rent and also cover your bills and food costs? If your earnings allow you to do this, you can start to plan. If they don’t, it’s the perfect time to be creative and find new ways to increase your income and make sure that moving out on your own does not throw you off financially.
Think about how you can start saving before moving out of your parents’ home or to prepare yourself to move in the future. Look back over old bank statements (as painful as that might be) and see how much you spent on day to day expenses like food, utilities, insurance, cell phone bill, gas, and weekend spending and consider renting costs as well. That way you’ll have a realistic idea of how much you’ll need to maintain your current lifestyle or if there are things you are willing to change from your current lifestyle. You might also realize you’ve been spending a lot more than you imagined in certain categories.
Find That New Apartment
Once you know what your budget is, it’s time to find that perfect new nest. Check the following resources:
Think About Your Needs
The most important thing to consider during your quest to move out is to understand what you need to take with you and what to leave behind. It’s important to determine the essentials and make sure you don’t leave anything important behind.
Consider your wellbeing and decide which things will help you keep your space clean, prepare your meals, entertain yourself or and guests, the things you’ll need to have a good night’s sleep, and so on.
Here’s a checklist of basics that can help you figure out what you will need:
- Bed with pillows, comforter, and sheets
- Trash cans
- Trash bags
- Cleaning supplies and sponges
- Food and water
- Shower curtain
- Area rug (optional)
- Small table
- TV and TV stand (optional)
- Pots & Pans
- Other kitchenware: can opener, bottle opener, colander, etcetera.
- Bathroom supplies: toilet paper, plunger, bath towels
- Blinds and curtains
- Ironing board and steamer
- First-aid kit
- Laundry hamper, detergent, and dryer sheets
- Furniture: desk, chair, and dresser
- Your clothes
Last, but not least, consider getting some professional help with the moving process. If budget is an issue, don’t be afraid to lean on friends. This will ensure that your items reach their destination safely and save you some physical wear and tear.
When you have everything set, and you are ready to move, remember to organize, organize, and organize. Label your boxes, identify them correctly so that it will be easier to move and place your boxes in the right rooms in your new home. And don’t overpack the boxes to avoid those heavy lifting pains. Or if you are set in a DIY move, make sure you have the essential moving equipment to help you minimize lifting.
What Boxbee Can Do For You
You can rent reusable plastic moving boxes from Boxbee
to help you avoid multiple trips to the store to purchase boxes. You don’t have to rush to unpack because Boxbee also offers storage solutions. We pick up, store, and deliver boxes in the San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego areas.
Boxbee offers secure urban storage and on-demand delivery. We function like Doordash delivery closet, where your items are brought to you on demand. Our customers love the flexibility, convenience of storage, the ability to reclaim their home and turn what can feel like cluttered storage space into a comfortable living space they can enjoy. With box rental and storage services, Boxbee is here for all your rental and storage needs.
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