After you’ve found your new home, set a date and taken care of the necessary steps listed in earlier chapters to make moving day a reality, it’s time to prepare for how to move out. Your future is just around the corner.
When figuring out how to move out of your parents’ house or how to move out for the first time in general, it all starts with organization. Use the steps below to get started.
It may feel overwhelming when trying to determine how to compact everything you own into several boxes, but you can do it. Start by contacting a local grocery store to ask if any boxes are available. Be sure to take extra precaution with fragile items like glassware. Use newspaper, paper towels or bath towels to add extra layers of protection. Start by packing the items you don’t need in the immediate future, saving those you use every day for last.
As you begin to fill boxes, label where the boxes will go in your new home. This will make it easier if you have help on moving day, freeing you up to focus on more important objectives.
Get rid of anything you haven’t used over the past year. Look for a family or an individual who may be in need, or donate to a qualified organization. Be sure to speak with a tax professional about potential tax deductions that may be available for your donations. Many organizations will provide a donation receipt.
Take an afternoon to set up the utilities for your new home. To start the process, ask your landlord — or previous owners, if you’ll be buying a home — for information on utility providers, and run a quick online search to see if you can price shop. In Pennsylvania, you can shop for your electric provider, for instance. If you’re buying a home, utility information may be available on the seller’s disclosure form.
Be sure to call or visit the utility providers’ websites at least two weeks ahead of your move to get situated. Be prepared with your credit card and driver’s license information when you make your calls.
Visit the USPS website to have your mail forwarded. You may be charged a small fee. Note how long mail forwarding will last, and be sure you contact organizations that send you important mail to notify them of your new residence.
Set up a private Facebook event or ask friends to help you on your anticipated moving day, and on any days that you’ll be working on your new home before you move in. Offer pizza and refreshments as a thank you. If someone makes an offer to help, take them up on it — especially if they have a truck!
Think about the layout of your new apartment or home while you pack. Just because you currently keep something in your bedroom doesn’t mean that’s where it will fit in your new home. Pack according to your new home, not your existing home.
To make it easy on moving day, draw a rough sketch or layout of each room and think about where you’d like to place your larger items, like furniture. Make copies for those who will be helping you move so you don’t need to direct each item, or move it after help has left.
If your move will be a long distance away, or if you have limited assistance, working with a moving company may be a worthwhile investment. The cost will vary depending on the number of items you’ll be using, the distance of the move and whether storage will be necessary. This should be factored into your savings plan as you make your decision.
Once you’ve taken care of the previous steps, you’re ready to make your move a reality. Consider the information below to understand what to plan for and expect when the day arrives. Your goal is to make the day as simple and stress-free as possible.
Arrange to rent your moving truck as early as possible, or even the night before the move. The more time you give yourself, the less stress and rushing will occur. Stay focused to achieve maximum efficiency, but remember to be patient. You have a long day ahead of you.
Your friends and family members may not be familiar with your new home and layout. Bring them into your new space and share the drawings you made. Take the time to explain your packing technique. If everyone understands the end goal and where to place boxes without asking for your direction on each item, it will save time over the course of the day.
You’ve waited a long time for this day. Being patient will help make it a success. Don’t forget — there are hiccups involved with most plans. Don’t worry if something doesn’t go exactly how you envisioned it. This is only day one.
While it may be tempting to want your entire space to be set up and unpacked on day one, that’s likely not how your day will end. Focus on your necessities, then unpack a little more each day.
What do you absolutely need to live — a dish or two? Your bed? Your computer? Focus on these items first, then leave less important items — décor, artwork, non-essential furniture, etc. — for later.
After day one, organization still matters. Focus on unpacking at least a single box each day and concentrate on ways to stay organized to reduce overall levels of stress.
Once moving day has come and gone, it’s time to settle in.
First, take the time to enjoy your new area. Get out and about. Meet neighbors by going on walks or saying “Hi,” in passing. Strike up conversations by asking which local restaurants they’d recommend and the best places to go for groceries. Over time, you’ll settle into your new routine.
The importance of meeting your neighbors cannot be understated. According to a Pew Research study, individuals who know and trust their neighbors are 71% more likely to feel safe in their neighborhoods. Because safety is a top priority, this should take precedence as a part of your new lifestyle.
Other ways to get to know your neighbors, aside from asking questions, include:
When you move out for the first time on your own, being deliberate about safety is important. A few safety tips to consider include:
In addition to meeting those around you and practicing common safety methods, it’s important to have a plan. In a new location, understanding exit routes from your new home and planning for various unexpected scenarios — including natural disasters, fires and other events — matters greatly.
If you have questions about escape routes or other concerns, speak to your local police or fire department.
Proper preparation, planning and patience before and during your move, followed by deliberate actions and a focus on settling into your new environment safely will make the entire process a bit smoother.