Eighteen is the age when teens commonly venture out on their own and leave behind the home they grew up in. If you are thinking about moving out at 18, you may be relocating to a dorm at college, or perhaps you have found a cute and affordable rental to move to. You may be eagerly looking forward to life on your own, but first you must make this rather stressful transition into your new home. These tips will help you to make moving out at 18 a more successful and less stressful experience.
9 Top Tips for Moving Out at 18
#1 Review Your Budget
Before you make the final decision to move out on your own for the first time, you need to make sure that you can afford to do so. There are many expenses associated with leasing an apartment, condo or hour. This includes the monthly rent, utilities, commuting costs and more. In addition to these regular expenses in your budget, there are also moving expenses, such as leasing deposits, the cost to rent a moving truck or to pay for movers and more. Consider if you have any money on hand as well as enough recurring income to pay for all of these expenses.
#2 Find a New Place to Live
When moving out at 18, you need to find an affordable place to live. Your budget will help you to determine which home, apartment or condo is most affordable for your budget. In addition to your budget, think about other factors, such as the size of the bedrooms, on-site amenities, how noisy or busy the environment is and even how safe the neighborhood is. If you have a dog, look for a pet-friendly place to live, and you may ideally want at least a small yard to walk the dog in. These are some of the most important features to look for, but you may also have other requirements. For example, you may want to lease a place that comes with a fridge, washer and dryer so that you do not have to buy these appliances.
#3 Think About Job Security
Another factor to consider when moving out at 18 is job security. Your ability to financially support yourself is likely dependent on your ability to continue working. If your employer has recently announced pending layoffs, for example, you may understandably be concerned about job security and may want to look for another job that is more secure before you make your decision to move out.
#4 Consider Personal Safety
You should also give some thought to personal safety, and this is particularly true if you plan to live alone or if you are moving into a major metropolitan area with a high crime rate. You can look for security features at the home that you rent, but you may also want to consider other personal safety options. This may include purchasing a protective guard dog, buying a home security system, buying a taser or mace or taking other similar steps. Finding a roommate is another great way to improve your security.
#5 Rent a Moving Truck
As your moving date approaches, you may need to reserve a moving truck. Typically, a reservation is made at least a few weeks in advance, and this will ensure that you have access to the truck size that you need. Some truck rental companies allow you to make a reservation online, and this means that renting a truck is easy and convenient. This step also can help you to firm up your moving expenses so that your budgeting is on target.
#6 Pack Your Belongings
Work with your parents to determine which items from home you can take. Your parents, for example, may think that you are keeping your bedroom furniture at home rather than taking it. On the other hand, they may have some older furnishings that they have been planning on getting rid of and may be happy to help you outfit your new space with them.
#7 Get Your Personal Documents and Records From Your Parents
When packing your personal items, do not forget to pick up your personal documents and records. This may include your original birth certificate, your passport and other related documents. You may also buy a fireproof safe or another similar storage space to keep these items safe from harm.
#8 Connect Your Utilities
Approximately one week before your moving date, call your utilities service providers to connect utilities in your name for your moving date. Some utilities service providers may pull your credit report as part of this process, and others may require you to put down a cash deposit. This may include your electrical service provider, your water company, your cable provider, your phone company and more. Your landlord should be able to provide you with a list of providers that service the area.
#9 Have Your Mail Forwarded
A final step that you should take when moving out at 18 is to have your mail forwarded. You can easily visit the post office/s website online and complete your forwarding request. Ensure that your forwarding start date and forwarding address are correct before you finalize the request.
Moving out at 18 is a great way to move boldly into your adult years. This is a monumental move to make, so you do not want to rush into it. Instead, follow these helpful steps to more successfully make your move with the least amount of stress possible.
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