Are you moving for the first time?

Moving out for the first time is an exciting experience but can be nerve-wracking. It’ll take you awhile to get the hang of being completely on your own. Moving house is something that most of us will do several times, if not dozens of times in our lives and it’s important to try to make these occasions as stress-free as possible.

There are many different facets to the moving process. You should get everything ready for the move by packing, cleaning and changing your address to receive your bills and mail at your new residence. As a first-time mover, it’s normal to experience first-time jitters. When you’re moving for the first time, you tend to worry about strangers moving your furniture and personal items from one place to another. If you don’t want to stress about this, then you should hire a professional moving service .

Living on your own will teach you to be independent and responsible. Packing should be the first task on your moving list as it helps you put things in perspective. Gather the right size boxes and other packing items such as tape, a marker for labeling and bubble wrap.

Here are four tips to help you have a smooth first-time moving process.

Get started early

Moving to a new home can be a learning experience if you’ve never gone through it before. You should give yourself enough time before the move. Write everything you need to do down in the form of a checklist. That way you can tick off completed tasks as you go. Give yourself one task at a time to ensure you forget nothing. oving usually takes longer than you think so you need to give yourself adequate time to prepare. If you’re unsure of how long you should take to prepare for your move, it’s suggested you plan out your tasks for eight weeks before the actual moving date. You can start by packing little-used items and move to the bigger ones closer to the time.

Create a budget

Whenever you’re planning to move, the first thing you should do is creating a moving budget. You might feel that you don’t have the time to set up a budget but not preparing financially could cost you more in the long-run. Budgeting is an essential skill if you’re planning to move out. Living on your own means you have to pay for your own expenses, like your car, flat and monthly groceries. Write down and add up all your monthly expenses to see how much money is going out each month and where it’s going. Once you’ve created your budget, you can check out ways to save during your move.

Declutter and pack light

Moving forces you to inspect every possession you own, which is why it’s a great opportunity to declutter and start fresh in your new home. Decluttering before you start packing is a helpful way to get rid of stuff you no longer use and have a fresh start in a neat and tidy new home. Many tend to accrue a lot of possessions they don’t use anymore or that  are not needed but are held onto for one reason to another. If you haven’t used or worn something for more than a year, then it should go. Items that are still in good condition can be donated and the rest should make their way to the rubbish bin. You’ll feel a lot better in a new home with less clutter.

Get furniture and essential appliances

When moving out for the first time it’s easy to forget a new home needs specific furniture and appliances in order to make it homely and comfortable for you. So before going on a shopping spree, first think about exactly what you’ll be needing. Do you have a kettle? Dishwasher? Lounge suites? Electric or gas stove? Always do your research beforehand to ensure you get what you want. If you want a gas stove, for example, check out where it’s available and what it’ll cost you. Don’t rush into kitchen appliance or furniture purchases, you have plenty of time to browse around. Ask your parents or someone who’s been through this process before, to help you.

Moving out for the first time should be fun and you’ll enjoy every moment of it. Independence requires sacrificing luxuries, budgeting and maintaining a proper living space. A rule of thumb: live like your parents could come over for dinner at any moment. Moving out can be daunting and there are a lot of things to be aware of. If you fail at a few things, don’t be too proud to ask your parents for help.