Moving for the First Time: Save Time and Money

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Moving out of your parents’ house for the first time can be very daunting. It’s important to plan carefully and get on top of the loads of things that need to be done before you move in. But don’t worry because it’s not as bad or difficult as you imagine.

You may be surprised to find that it’s easier than you expected. If this is your first time living on your own, here are 11 helpful tips to make your move more enjoyable:

Tip #1 Don’t Panic

Before you start packing, wait a week to calm down and decide what you want to keep so that you don’t end up giving things away that you want to keep. Plus, panicking can only make your life more difficult so try to calm down first. This way, you’ll have a much better game plan for moving day.

Tip #2 Tackle One Room at a Time

You can get more done if you don’t try to do everything in one day. Tackling one room at a time may be more manageable and much less overwhelming. And because you’ll be doing things at a slow pace, you’ll be able to keep better track of everything.

Tip #3 Label Everything with Masking Tape and a Permanent Marker

You must label everything, so it all gets to its right place when you arrive at your new home. Make sure that you don’t just write on the boxes, though. Put a piece of masking tape down, and then write with a permanent marker so that nothing gets mistaken for being thrown out by accident.

Tip #4 Start Packing as Soon as You Can

It may seem scary to put your things in boxes, but keeping them out until the last minute will only stress you out and make you sad. So try to get used to putting your things in boxes sooner rather than later.

Tip #5 Fit as Much as You Can in the Car

You don’t want to be stuck with half of your things at your parents’ house and then have to go back for them a few days later. Or if you want, you can also buy an affordable box trailer that you can use to transport your belongings in to and from your parents’ house.

Tip #6 Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need Anymore

Clothes that don’t fit, books you never read, or dishes that are chipped — every bit counts. And it’s much easier to find room for the things you want to keep when you get rid of the things you don’t.

Tip #7 Find Your Budget

Figure out how much you can spend on movers, deposits for utilities, things like that. If you’re moving to another city or state, it’s also a good idea to account for travel costs, such as hotels, plane tickets, etc. Once you have the magic number for your moving budget, try to stay as close to it as possible.

Tip #8 Keep Track of Where You Put Everything

It’s easy to lose track of things if you aren’t careful. Keep receipts for all the things you buy so that you can return them, and keep everything in one place until it gets to your new home. This will save you time on moving day, and it’ll also help keep stress levels low.

Tip #9 Make a Moving Day Schedule

Don’t just go with the flow when it comes to moving day. Instead, try making a schedule so that you have an idea of what’s going to happen when. This way, nothing is left for chance and you can stay on track every step of the way.

Tip #10 Get Plenty of Help
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Moving can be a very time-consuming job, so you want to get plenty of help from your friends and family. And if none of them have the time, you can hire movers who will pack things up for you and load them onto trucks. The right movers will also transport your items to their final destination.

Tip #11 Stay Organized and Stay Positive

This will be a stressful day, but you want to keep it as calm as possible. If things get out of hand, they can easily become more difficult than they need to be. So stay organized and remember that the end goal is well worth the hassles you encounter.

Finally moving out of your parents’ house and into your own place can be a monumental experience, one that you never forget. So, good luck and hopefully, the move will be a very positive experience.

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