Moving out: Why, when, and how?
Moving out of any home is always a challenge and a stressful process, but moving out of your parents’ home for the first time can feel more confusing as you’ve never done it before. You might be thinking, where do you even start?
This blog will help you, and discuss why and when moving out for the first time will be suitable for you, and then take you through our top tips on how to make the process easy and enjoyable.
Why should I move out?
If you fully understand the reasoning behind your choice to move out of your parents’ home, then you’re probably ready to do so. People choose to move out for many reasons; moving away for college or a new job, a sense of independence, or perhaps a developing relationship, but as long as it gives you an incentive and something to look forward to, then this is a good reason why.
There may be some points within your process of moving out where you wonder if it is worth all the effort, but your initial reason for wanting to move out in the first place should be your motivation to get it done as quickly and safely as possible, while still feeling excited about it.
When is the best time to move?
The time you decide to move can have an impact on the overall cost of the process. It can be argued that the best time to move is mid-week, mid-month and in the autumn as removal companies will generally not be so busy. It’s worth noting that the busiest day for removal companies, where costs will be higher, is a Friday.
The summer is also the busiest time in the year for removal companies and that is due to the cost of summer home moves. Autumn is a great time to move as the weather is still relatively good and the nights aren’t too dark yet either. If you don’t have family members that can help you, having a full removal team is essential, so these timings and costs are worth making note of.
How to move out for the first time?
Thorough planning and good organisation will be the key factors to making your move as easy, cheap, and smooth as possible.
Here are our top tips on how to move out for the first time:
Make lists and labels
There are a million things to organise during a home move, and the easiest way to get your head around them all is to make a list of everything you have booked with companies, ie. removal companies or deliveries, and also a list of everything you need to complete too. When moving, make sure you label the boxes as when you come to unpacking, you’ll be able to be systematic about the process and thus create less clutter in your new home.
To make your new home tidier and feel like a fresh start, be sure to declutter before you pack up your belongings. Get rid of the stuff you no longer use, wear, or need, and the fewer things you need to pack and move, the cheaper your moving costs will be too.
Decide how you’re going to move
Once you know when you can move into your new home, you need to decide how you are going to move. Are you going to use family members and a DIY attitude, or are you going to hire a removal company to do some of the work for you? If you have no furniture to move, you may be able to move on your own by car, but if you are moving with furniture, professional help may be necessary to move your belongings safely. For overseas moves with furniture, you will need to hire a removal company.
Another thing to consider is how you are going to pack? Again, are you going to have additional help? Or are you going to have to book time off work? Packing up your belongings can be incredibly time-consuming and you need to also have the correct materials to ensure nothing is damaged during your move.
Start packing early
Following on from the previous point about how you are going to pack, you may want to think about packing sooner rather than later, as it’s very common to underestimate how much stuff you own, and packing is one of the most time-consuming factors.
Book your removal company early
As soon as you have your green light with the move, research into removal companies and costs and the services they have on offer. At HomeMoovers, we can help provide as much or as little service as you require, including a full or part packing service, storage, and dis/reassembly. Book as early as you can with the removal company you choose, as the best ones get booked up quickly.
Prepare an essentials and a valuables box
On the day of your move, there are certain things you will need to have at easy access, away from the bulk of your other possessions. We recommend you prepare yourself a separate box with your daily comforts in, ie. medication, snacks, pillow, change of clothes, toiletries, and a bottle of water. We also recommend you make a box for all your valuables such as high-value jewellery, or important documents, and also irreplaceable and sentimental items that you want to take extra care of. These items should be transported to your new home with you in your car, and not in the removal van as certain things will not be insured with the removal company.
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