If you're moving out of home for the first time, you may be looking for a few moving tips from those in the know. We asked a few people who've done it all before to share some insights.
First time renters - 10 tips for moving out of home
This isn't a complete moving out of home checklist, but these handy tips cover a few things that you may not have thought of:
- Get power: Get your power connected! No one wants to live without electricity and gas for a week.
- Don't get locked out: Hide a spare key somewhere, or leave one at Mum and Dad's (they can drop it round when you get locked out!)
- Don't forget your family: Keep in touch with family members - you may not live there now, but you might want to use some of their stuff (and raid their fridge from time to time)!
- Find friendly housemates: If you're looking to grab some housemates for your new home, getting along is key. (You could also want to consider ones with TVs, fridges, couches or furniture! Of course, getting people you like should come first).
- Don't forget the Op Shop: Filling your new cupboards with plates, glasses and mugs, doesn't need to be costly. Check out your local Op Shop for anything you may need. Most are a treasure trove!
- Settle in: You don't need everything to be perfect from day one. Settle in a bit and see what you need, or what you're missing. You may not need a massive garden
- Throw a BYO housewarming: Celebrate your move, it's an exciting step. Get your mates to bring a few bevies and snacks and your party will be catered without you having to spend a week's rent.
- Know about expenses: Share houses and renting comes with some costs you may not have paid before, such as water charges. Just make sure you have some money saved for those bills.
- Get a few household rules in place: You want to be happy in your new home, and it's not too bossy to get a few rules in place around splitting and paying bills.
- Don't sweat the small stuff: Everyone's different so sharing with mates can be a learning curve. Some people are tidy, some aren't, but don't let e few unwashed cups spoil your weekend. Everyone is getting used to Mum and Dad not being around to tidy up.
"Keep in touch with family members - you may not live there now, but you might still want to use some of their stuff (and raid their fridge from time to time)!"