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From Living At Home To Living On Your Own

Updated on July 12, 2012
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Charlotte has been in customer service for over 10 years. She has a passion for writing, photography, and event planning.

How To Transition To Living On Your Own

There comes a point in every person's life, some sooner than others, where you have to move out of your parents house. Whether it be for college, relocating for a job, or in any case there are a few things to prepare for. I moved out on my own when I was 17, boy was that a challenge. At the time I was way beyond my years, and wish I had someone to guide me. If I knew then what I know now, it would definitely had been easier. So I'd like to share with you a few tips I learned along the way.

  1. I would say the first thing you should do is give yourself a timeline. Set a prospective move date allowing 3-6 months to find a place. You should also share this with your parents so they can help you if you start falling off track. If you have a date set then it's much easier to plan ahead what you need to buy, and how much money you need. Which leads me to the next step
  2. Give yourself a budget...and stick to it. Think of an affordable range for you based on your finances. I would say one months rent shouldn't be more than a paycheck. Keep in mind you will be taking on a whole new set of bills. Rent, utilities (if they aren't included), phone bill,and food. Is this something you can afford and live comfortably on? That is a question you need to answer before you make the move. Also different parts of your city may have different costs of living. Try to stay in a safe neighborhood if you're going to be living alone. Also consider a roommate to cut costs. A friend or family member maybe.
  3. Your'e next step: Furniture. My personal opinion is you don't need to go all out for your first apartment. If you have a bedroom set where you live now,and your parent is willing to let you take it great. Also try and find out if anyone you know has any furniture, in good condition of course. Once you find a place make sure you take measurements of the windows and rooms so you know what you're working with. If you don't have a lot of money, I would suggest checking local thrift shops and consignment stores.

So you found a place, now what?

You found a place, congratulations! So I would assume you have a move in date. Once you know what day you are moving, you want to give yourself at least 1-3 weeks to pack depending on how much stuff you have. I would say everything should be done at least a week prior to you moving. Except of course your toiletries and things you use everyday, make sure you separate those items. Decide whether you want to hire movers, or do it yourself. If you have anyone that could help you move that would save you on moving costs.The week you move in a change of address form should be submitted with the USPS. You want to make sure you notify any banks, jobs, or anything like that of your address change. Usually those won't register through the change of address form.

You're in there!

So you finally moved in, whew! Now that that's over, where am I going to put everything? You're first night there you'll probably be exhausted from moving. My recommendation would be to make sure you have a place to sleep, and that nothing is a safety hazard. Start fresh the next day, so you'll have a fresh start. Once you have everything put away, your first thought would probably be to want invite people over. The main thing I would say is make sure your company isn't rowdy or loud. Of course you and your friends are gonna want to have fun and celebrate! Just keep in mind that you just moved in, and you don't know the neighbors very well. You don't want to want your first impression to be some rowdy wild child that they may complain about. Once you feel the neighborhood out, then you'll know what to expect

My advice to anyone moving out for the first time would be: Make sure you are ready. That is the biggest thing I think. Prepare yourself. Also, make sure you have enough money saved for at least the first 2 months. Last of all, enjoy your new place!

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