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Moving out for the first time in your life can be daunting. Leaving the comfort of your parent's home to move into your very own abode is something unlike what you’ve done before, yet is an important step in life. There are many reasons you might be moving out, it could be that you’re just ready and are earning enough to afford your own place. You might have found a job that requires you to move nearer to it, or perhaps you are moving in with a partner. Whatever the reason for your move, the more prepared you are ahead of time, the better. Here we have put together some top tips for moving out for the first time that is sure to help make it that little bit easier.

Make a list of everything you need to budget for

Budgeting is one of the most important parts of moving out as it can end up being more pricey than you might have anticipated. Because of this, it’s a good idea to put a spreadsheet together so you can keep an eye on what you’re spending. Allocate everything from all the items you need to purchase such as cutlery and pillows to your removal company. Do your research and find your local moving service to ensure you're in the best hands.

Take a look at marketplaces for furniture and other items

As stated above, moving can be pricey, so you want to check out marketplaces or other second-hand sites for items. You can also speak to family members and friends to see if there are items they are getting rid of or no longer need. It’s a good idea to start collecting things way in advance so that when the move comes around you don’t have one huge expense all at once. This also means you can take advantage of things such as the boxing day sales and Black Friday meaning you’ll get a better deal on the items you want. From candles and plates to larger items such as a TV stand and a sofa, you’ll need to get everything for your new pad.

Be realistic about what you actually need

When you move out for the first time, you will likely need to purchase everything. This can be a big expense and therefore you don’t want to waste your money. Decide on what things you need and want to spend more money on and what you don’t need to. For example, you’ll want to invest in a good mattress for comfort, but the bed frame doesn’t need to be extortionate.

These are just a few simple tips for when you are looking to move out for the first time. There are a host of things to think of but by ticking off these it should make the process that bit easier. What are some top tips you have for someone who is looking to move out? Have you recently moved? Let us know your advice in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

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