5 Essential Tips For First Time Home Movers

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Calling all first time home movers!

Moving out for the first time is an exciting and a little nerve-wracking experience. It’s a massive step to adulthood and independence, moving out of the family home and setting up a nest of your own. There are lots of things to consider before you leap getting your own front door, such as contracts, references, budgets and of course your neighbours and roommates. We’re here to give you our five essential tips for first-time movers to provide you with a happy, smooth and affordable move!

Live your budget before you move out

This may sound a bit odd at first but hear us out. Even if you list your outgoings such as rent, WIFI, electricity and bond, there are always things that come up unexpectedly, and of course, you need to live too! So, as soon as you get that urge to move out, take a look around at the kind of property you would like to move into. Write up all the expected outgoings and transfer that amount of money into a savings account for three months. If you still have money at the end of the month and aren’t struggling to enjoy a night out or your favourite foods, then you are more likely to be able to live out of home comfortably. Also, by putting that money away, you already have a bond, and maybe some dollars left over to buy some furnishings!

Be realistic about your expectations

It’s quite rare for Australian first time home movers to move straight into a swanky new build two-bed apartment, particularly if you live in Sydney! Take some time to look at suburbs which have realistic rents and good commuter lines. Check out real estate reviews and stats on areas to ensure you’re living in a safe neighbourhood and that they have all the amenities you need.

If you are a female moving out alone, is the walk home well lit at night and near to transport services? Do you have a car, if so is there a garage or at least ample street parking? If you are off to Uni, how much will it cost you each day to get to campus? The principal rooms you need to look carefully at are the kitchen and the bathroom. If they aren’t shown on the photos, you could be in for a nasty surprise on inspection!

Be prepared to share

If you want to live in a nicer part of town, enjoy a garden or a larger bedroom with a view, then first time home movers should consider the option of sharing. There are plenty of sites such as flatmates.com.au or Gumtree where you can advertise to share with someone. You can also move in with a mate, but be warned that a best mate may become a slob when you move in together and relationships can quickly turn sour if food is taken, chores aren’t shared, or you need to start chasing their portion of the rent. It can often work out better if you have a person who isn’t a personal friend and lives a similar lifestyle to you to give yourself a better chance at smoother day to day living.

Get your parents involved

Yes, you will be going out on your own, but remember, your parents have experienced what it’s like to be out there on your own, so listen to what they have to say. Ask them about their experiences and what they wish they had done differently when they moved out, and ask them to come out to a few inspections. It’s good to get a different perspective, and if your parents feel included in the decision, they are more likely to be supportive of the move which will make for happy sailing when it comes to heading to Mum and Dad’s for Sunday lunch and a care package or two!

Check your services

So, you’ve found your perfect apartment with sundrenched windows and a large, cosy living area. Time to sign the lease asap, right? Not quite! Pull out your phone and walk the rooms, can you get a reliable phone, WIFI and Bluetooth signal? What’s the area like for NBN? What is the noise like when the upstairs neighbours are home, is it a quiet apartment block which won’t appreciate your Friday night gatherings and have you spoken to your Strata manager. All of these things will become extremely important from the first night you move into your new place.

Hopefully, we’ve given you some great tips which you may not have thought of for first time home movers and when you’re ready to book a reliable mover at a fixed price, come see ecoloads!