Making the transition into independence and moving out of home is a massive step towards adulthood. Regardless of when you’re planning on spreading your wings and leaving the nest, or why, you’ll most likely feel just as nervous as you are excited for the next chapter in your life.
Whatever the reason for wanting to leave home, taking the leap will always be daunting. We’ve put together some helpful tips to make your first big move, an easy one.
When is the right time to leave home?
The answer to this question is going to be different for every person. You’re ready to move out of home when you know you can take care of your daily needs and that you earn enough income to look after yourself. Some people choose to live in their family home until they are well into their older years, and others decide to move out as soon as they are able.
While many young people romanticise moving out of their parents’ home and into their own place, what’s often forgotten about is the sheer amount of responsibilities that living away from home entails. Taking your time to think about all that comes with the independence of leaving home will help to make the decision of when it is the right time for you to move out of your family home.
Think about what issues that may appear when moving out of home
It’s completely normal to be a little unsure when you make a huge decision such as the one to leave home. Although you can’t anticipate everything, it’s important to think about what issues you may come across when leaving home and how you will overcome them.
Some of the bigger issues may include:
- Worries with money – It’s not uncommon for people to move out of the comfort of their family home and be surprised by the cost of bills (including utilities such as electricity and gas, to cost of groceries and weekly rent). This can be especially overwhelming if you are used to your parents providing everything for you.
- Problems with housemates – Issues such as lifestyle incompatibilities, not sharing housework equally, not paying bills on time may result in hostility and arguments, leading you to regret your decision to move out of home. Here are some questions to ask a potential housemate.
- Not being ready – If the decision to move out of home was a rash one, you may quickly find that you’re not completely ready to handle all the responsibilities that come with flying the nest yet. It’s best not to make a rash decision that could see you needing to move back home as quickly as you left.
Work out a budget
It doesn’t take long for bad budgeting to lead to financial stress so it’s important to plan ahead. Before you pack your bags it’s important to have a sit down with your finances and
make an idea of how much you’ll need to spend in a week, so that you are able to budget accordingly. As well as budgeting for groceries, you’ll need to have a think about bills and any unplanned expenses that may come up.
It’s important to pay bills and rent on time to avoid getting a bad credit rating, in case you’re planning on buying property in the future. When moving homes, you will also come across establishment fees such as for your phone, internet gas, cable TV or rental bond (which is usually around a months’ rent in advance).
Find the right place to move into
There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to choosing a place to move into and who to live with. Many young people live with housemates in order to split the cost of rent and bills such and internet, gas, and electricity. Although it may seem like a fun idea to move in with your best friend, it’s also important to live with people who are responsible and have both feet firmly on the ground.
In Brisbane, there are many Facebook groups and websites for people who are looking for housemate, so it’s a good idea to start your search online on websites such as flatmates.com. It’s important to visit the home you are thinking about before making a sound decision. The most important part of moving out is to find a new home that you feel comfortable and happy in.
Don’t be afraid of asking for help
A little bit of help every now and then can go a long way, being new to full independence doesn’t mean that you have to struggle alone. If things are becoming difficult for you after you move out, don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help.
Here are some more tips on choosing a neighbourhood that is right for you.