Millennials – a.k.a. the generation of individuals born between 1981 and 1996, according to Mental Floss – are pretty familiar with the gerund “adulting”. Adulting often refers to actions that demonstrate an adult-like level of responsibility. For example, working a full-time job, eating a hearty breakfast, paying your own cell phone bill… these are all considered displays of “adulting”. But perhaps one of the most adult-like things one can accomplish is having your own place away from your family home…
For those of you who are ready to spread your wings and leave the nest, Shleppers offers knowledgeable, affordable, full-service movers to help complete your move! We make the process as stress-free and painless as possible from start to finish. You can even request a free quote for our services right from our website.
For those of you looking for tips and best practices on moving into your own place, we’re dishing out some of the best things you can do to prepare for your big move. Keep reading to learn all about how to prepare for moving out of your parents’ house, straight from the moving experts of NYC…
Fake It till You Make It
Generally speaking, having your own place will ultimately mean taking financial responsibility for the space you reside in. The best way to learn how to handle your finances responsibly is to build certain habits at home first. Whether you pay your parents monthly rent, purchase groceries from time to time, or simply give your parents “X” amount of dollars per month to put away as savings, practicing financial responsibility in “the nest” will ensure that you know how to exercise that same responsibility out of the nest.
Another important thing to establish for yourself is a budget. We suggest that you make a list of all the things you’d typically need to purchase in one month’s time—groceries, transportation, rent, utilities, etc. It’s a good best practice to begin putting money aside each month before you move out of your family home—this way, you’ll have created the habit ahead of time.
Keep Your Sanity, Stick to Your Budget
Moving out of your parents’ home and into your own space is a drastic lifestyle change. It’s a good idea to look at your income, assess the money you’ll need to put towards bills, and then gauge what’s leftover for your own personal enjoyment. If you decide to opt for that “perfect” apartment that just so happens to be hundreds of dollars over your monthly rent budget—chances are you won’t have much cash left over to supplement your personal life. This could mean putting your social life in jeopardy, which, in turn, can influence your well-being. Our advice? Do yourself a favor and opt for a place that’s realistically within your budget. Trust us, your friends, and your sanity, will thank you.
Job Hunt Like Your Life Depends on It… Because It Will
Perhaps you’ve been ready to start the search for your own place for a while now, but you don’t have a full-time job to supplement the lifestyle change. Maybe you do have a job, but you aren’t making enough to be out on your own and have your basic monetary needs met. This is where the hustle comes into play. Create a profile on every reputable job site you can find— sites like LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, etc. – we think this article lists some great places to start. Apply to anything that even remotely interests you. The worst thing that can happen is that you go on an interview, and the position isn’t a good fit for you. If that’s the case, you’ve still gotten some practice in so that you can nail the interviews that really matter to you.
Lean on the Experts
Finally, the best thing you can do while preparing to move out of your parents’ home is to lean on the experts. This means consulting the adults in your life on any insights they may be able to offer regarding apartment-hunting, budgeting, and planning. When you do find a place and it’s time to make your big move, contact us here at Shleppers Moving & Storage! We promise you’ll be glad you did!