Doing something for the first time can be downright scary – learning how to walk, learning how to drive, starting with school. However, aside from the normal firsts in life, there’s another thing that can quite test one’s ability to handle things efficiently – moving out for the first time.
There are many reasons why a person might move from the place he’s currently living in to somewhere else. It might be that a person is moving out of his parents’ place, away to college, to work in another city, or to his own place – one he’s bought with his hard-earned money. Nevertheless, no matter what the reason is behind the move, it can be a stressful experience.
If you’re someone who can’t deal with pressure all too well, the idea of moving can be quite an obstacle. What’s more, it involves expenses, which makes it even more daunting especially when you’re clueless as to the moving details.
First Things First: Moving Cost
As regards moving cost, you need to understand that it could vary depending on where you’re moving. If you’re moving locally, the moving rate is usually computed on an hourly basis (this includes travel time and packing labor, that is, provided you delegated the packing to the movers, too). There could be extra and hidden charges, too, so it’s best to find a reliable and trustworthy moving company to ensure that you’re not being duped into paying more than what’s necessary. It’s best to contact the company well in advance to ask for estimates and to give yourself ample time to save enough moving funds.
Create a Moving Checklist
Once you got the moving cost covered, it’s time to create a moving checklist. This involves more than just making a list of things you would be bringing with you when you move. This list could be very short, especially if you’ve lived with your parents for most of your life and the only things you can call your own are the clothes on your back and in your closet. Therefore, it’s important that you include in your list the things you need to buy for your new home.
When Creating a Checklist
When creating a checklist, make sure you categorize it for easier identification of items, as well as for which room of the house a particular item is for. You may simply write “bedroom,” “kitchen,” “living room,” and so on. It would also be a good idea to indicate if you need to buy or acquire a particular item in the list urgently or if it can wait.
We have created a simple guide to help make transferring and transitioning to your new place easier. You may download and save our First Time Moving Out Checklist to keep it handy.
by Colleen Lane
The Lane Real Estate Team
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