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07 Jun 2022

20 tips for moving out of home for the first time

Moving out of home for the first time is a pivotal experience, but it requires organisation, time, and money. If you’ve decided to take the plunge but don’t know where to start, read our 20 tips that might make moving a little easier.

Tips for preparing to move out of home

Create a budget

From hiring a moving van to buying new furniture, the cost of moving out of home adds up! Write down all your expenses and ensure you leave a little wiggle room for unexpected costs. Consider:

  • Rent
  • Bills (phone, electricity, WIFI, gas, water)
  • Petrol for moving day
  • Moving van/ team
  • Bedroom furniture (bed, desk, bedside table, lamp, wardrobe)
  • Other furniture (things you might need to contribute to your sharehouse).

Useful tip: if you want to get a ‘feel’ for what it might be like to manage your money out of home, start paying a bit of board in the weeks leading up to your move.

Picking the location

Consider places you need to live near when picking the location of your home. Do you need to be close to work or university? What are the public transport options near your home? If you don’t drive, scope out whether there’s a train station or bus stop that’s a walkable distance away.

Cancel memberships

If you’re moving away from your local gym or sports club, don’t forget to cancel your membership! Gyms usually need 30 days' written notice, so get ahead now, or you could be doubling your payments for membership in two locations.


Make sure you inspect your room before you move in. Open up the cupboards, check door handles are secure, look at the storage options and make a mental checklist of things you might need. Try to inspect during the day to see how much natural light the room gets.

Meet your roommates before you move in

If you’re not moving out with friends, you should arrange a meet and greet with the people you intend to live with. You don’t want to get stuck with a bad housemate! Try to find people with similar interests and lifestyles - it will make home life a lot more comfortable.

Read your lease agreement carefully

Once your tenancy application is approved, read through your rental agreement thoroughly to make sure you understand your obligations and rights as a tenant. It’s a good time to ask your future housemates and property manager any questions you might have.

Clear out the clutter

What a great time to clear out all your unwanted or unused things! Whether it’s the clothes hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in over a year or those CDs that have been sitting at the back of your shelf gathering dust. Moving house is the perfect time for a spring clean. Once you’ve finished clearing out the clutter, take stock and evaluate the value of your possessions.

Taking note of valuable items 

There are always special items that need to be kept safe in the move. Make sure you’ve packed and labelled these safely so you know where they are at all times. If possible, move the valuable stuff yourself to ensure it arrives safely at your new home. 

Label your moving boxes 

Labels can be a lifesaver! Especially when it comes to loading up the moving van or truck and then unpacking. A good rule of thumb when labelling is to include the contents of the box, what room it belongs in, and if the item is breakable. An example of a useful label is “Wine glasses, Kitchen, Breakable”. That way you’ll know not to stack things on them when packing and also where to deliver the box to when you arrive at your new home.

Pack a bag with essentials 

Remember to pack a bag with essentials like a spare change of clothes, medication, toiletries, a phone charger, and anything else you need on an average day. You don’t want to be sifting through a sea of boxes to find something like your toothbrush!

Tips for moving day

Communicate with everyone helping you move

Don’t bottle up your stresses. Whether it’s the emotion of leaving a home or a box has gone missing, communicating how you’re feeling can be the difference between your stress levels rising and coming to a speedy solution to whatever is stressing you. A perfect scenario for when your support system will come in very handy.

Do a walkthrough of your new home 

This will save you a lot of time, energy, and stress. Doing a walk-through of your new home with whoever is moving your belongings means that you can let them know exactly where you want your things taken to. When your boxes are taken to the correct rooms, all you need to do is unpack them, and there’ll be no unnecessary dragging boxes from room to room.

Set your bed up first 

We all know moving can be exhausting - and after a day of transporting your stuff - you want to be able to get into bed and catch some well-earned Z’s. Organising and sorting your things can take several days, so make sure the most important part of your room is set up first!

Read some tips on how to decorate your new home

Tips for settling into your new home

Change your address

Take some time to make a list of all the accounts you have, especially those that send you bills or important documents via post. These can be things like your electricity and phone provider, your doctor, or government organisations.

Set up bills and expenses 

We mentioned earlier that it’s a good idea to create a budget, but you can go a step further and set up scheduled and recurring payments. It’s a great way to keep on top of your bills and expenses to make sure don’t miss anything! Most banks have in-app features that can help you set this up.

Splitting costs with roommates 

Keeping track of costs gets tricky if you share things like food, drinks, furniture, and bills with your roommates. Don’t sweat having to chase someone up and instead use apps like Beem it and Splitwise, which offer features like instant payments, cost splitting, and direct debit.

Chore roster 

Whether three people have cooked back to back in the kitchen or your housemate hosted a movie night,  everyone should pull their weight to keep the house clean. Create a chore roster that delegates different tasks to each roommate during the week to help keep everyone accountable!

Ask for help 

Moving out of home for the first time can be a tough feat, so don’t think you’ve got to tackle it alone! If life gets overwhelming, don’t be afraid to reach out to your support network. A quick call or facetime can reaffirm you made the right choice to become a bit more independent!

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