A Young Adult’s Guide to Moving Out

Guide to Moving Out

There comes a time in every young adult’s life where they decide to fly the nest and stand on their own two feet. This can be an equally exciting yet stressful time, as there are so many options to consider and so many aspects to plan and organise. Here are some of the best tips to help you fly out of the nest without any added stress…

Consider your decision to move out:

There are so many different reasons why people decide to move out, maybe it’s your own decision, maybe it’s somebody else’s decision, maybe it’s completely necessary or maybe you just feel that it is time to stand on your own two feet. Whatever the reason may be, it is important to think about your situation rationally and lay out all of your options. Ask yourself all of the necessary questions, are you moving out for the right reasons? Are you in a position to be able to support yourself financially? More often than not, those who are too eager to fly the nest, but have no real reason and no real plan, find themselves trapped in a rental agreement, with nothing but regret. Be sure that your situation is right before you make any life changing decisions.

Finances:

Finding the right place for you is important. Whatever your circumstance, it is important to consider your finances and be sure that you are living within your means. There are several options to explore when looking for a new place to live. If moving out is more of a necessity than a luxury, then Social and Affordable housing can often be an option to explore. Leaving home can be expensive, if you do not properly budget or priorities certain expenses. One of the best ways to save money and to be a smart spender is to keep track of every single penny that you spend. Write a weekly and monthly budget for yourself, including your rent, bills, travel and any additional living costs. This may seem like a meticulous and long-winded process, but it will prevent you from experiencing any surprises along the way.

Chores:

Moving out can be a big adjustment, and remembering to complete all of your housework and chores can become overwhelming. Whether you are living in shared accommodation or on your own, a great way to stay motivated and on top of the mess is to devise a chores chart. This will ensure that everything is getting cleaned and sorted on a weekly basis.

Ask for help:

Moving out can be an extremely exiting but overwhelming experience, so it’s important to have a good support network around you. Whether you feel slightly overwhelmed, or lonely, or stressed or even scared, it’s important to reach out to your friends, family and even support workers. Speaking about any problems that you may have will turn the mountains you have made in your head back into mole hills. Speaking about your feelings is one of the most important and beneficial outlets that you may have.

Whatever reason you have for moving away from home, there are simple little tips and tricks to make the process less turbulent. Having your own place can be a great way to stand on your own two feet and join the adult world.

(Bio: Alice Porter is property writer, who specialises in compulsory purchase order advice, and sharing housing advice with young adults. She loves to share her knowledge and offer support to anybody who is in need of it.)