Whether you’re going to university, moving out in your 20s, or 30s, moving out of your parent’s house is an exciting time. But, sorting through a lifetime of belongings can be easier said than done. So, the ANVSJ team has compiled a list of 10 steps to follow, that will make the process as simple and streamlined as possible.
1. Plan a time frame and moving date
Before you start the process of moving house, it’s important to get a good plan in place. Starting from your planned moving date, you can work out a time frame for your different organisation and packing tasks.
As any frequent movers will tell you – it’s always better to start packing sooner rather than later. Some things will have to wait until the last minute, such as packing up bed frames, and essentials like daily toiletries. Other tasks, such as sorting out belongings to keep, and things to get rid of, can start much earlier in your timeline.
You can also factor in if you need to move all your belongings in over one day, or if you’ll have several days to move things over.
2. Work out your budget
If you have the budget, it’s advisable to organise help with the moving process wherever possible. Don’t simply rely on the help of your parents if you want to avoid a stressful moving day!
Once you’ve got your timeframe for moving house, take your budget, and the belongings you’re taking with you into consideration. If you’re moving to a local furnished house, and just have a few boxes to bring, a car trip or two may suffice. Or if you’re moving bigger items and heavy furniture, it’s best to rent a van or the help of a removal company. You can also consider using the services of a self storage company, like ANVSJ, to get some of your unneeded furniture and belongings out of the way. Whether it’s long-term, or short-term – this can be a really useful tool for decluttering and storing things you won’t be bringing straight to your new house. This will make it easier to pack up the things you are bringing with you.
Find out more about our storage unit options for moving house, here!
3. Save money ahead of your moving day
Moving house is a costly process, so make sure that you plan ahead and practice financial responsibility in the run-up to your move. As well as your housing deposit, you’ll also need to save up for all the other costs you’ve factored into your house-moving budget, like petrol, removal companies, and decorating your new house.
It’s really important to make sure that you’re financially stable before making the move out of your parent’s house.
So, aside from moving costs – make sure to look at the income, and savings that you have, relevant to the costs of your new home. Building credit is also important for renters and mortgage payers alike. Landlords and estate agents will run credit checks as part of applications to rent, and for mortgage approval, so it’s essential to build a good credit score ahead of moving out. When the time comes, if you can square your monthly income, or student loan with the cost of rent or a mortgage, then you’re ready to make the move. If it seems like your budget is going to be stretched, then you may want to consider a cheaper property.
4. Book removal services in advance
If you decide to book the services of a removal company or storage facility, make sure to contact them ahead of time to avoid disappointment. You’re more likely to get your preferred removal date secured, the more notice you give. And, it’s best to have any storage units booked in advance for peace of mind that your move will go to plan.
5. Sort through your belongings
Moving out of your parent’s house is the perfect opportunity to sort through belongings that you no longer need. Whether it’s old books and toys you haven’t touched for years, or clothes you no longer want – seize this opportunity to sort through it all before you move. That way, there’s less clutter to sort out once you’re in your new home or university accommodation.
Use three piles when sorting out your belongings:
- Things to keep: Items that you still use, or that have a lot of sentimental value go in the keep pile, ready to come to your new home with you.
- Things to give away or sell: Items in good condition that you simply no longer use, or don’t want, can be given away to friends or charity shops. You could also consider selling things online.
- Things to throw away: When things are past the point of use, and you wouldn’t feel comfortable giving it to another person, it’s time for the bin. Remember to recycle wherever possible!
6. Be organised when packing
It can be all too easy to rush the packing process and shove your things in boxes in any old order. This approach may be quicker at the time, but when it comes to unpacking, it will come back to bite you. Some top tips for organised packing include:
- Pack similar items, or items from the same room, in the same box.
- Make sure to label each box clearly, so you know what’s packed inside. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget what you’ve packed in each one when they’re all sealed up. This will also be helpful when bringing boxes into your new house, so you can put them down in the right room.
- Invest in things like bubble wrap, strong tape, packing dividers, and clothes hanging rails. These items all play a part in protecting your belongings in transit.
7. Discuss any items to leave at your parent’s house
Your family may be able to help you out with storing things that you don’t have space for in your new home. Especially when it comes to sentimental items, that they also have a vested interest in keeping. So, discuss your options with them. Do they have an attic or a garage in which you can leave a few boxes in? Will the spare room be yours to use when you come back to visit? Discuss these arrangements ahead of time, so you can make alternative arrangements if you don’t have space for all of your belongings in your new home.
If there isn’t space at your family home for belongings that you’re not ready to part with, then self-storage is the perfect solution. With ANVSJ’s low prices, you can keep things in our safe and secure units based across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire. Or, if you’re based elsewhere in the country, simply Google your nearest storage facility. If your parents have limited space, then moving your belongings elsewhere is the way to avoid additional stress or strain on relationships.
8. Ask for help setting up your new home
It’s easy to underestimate just how much work moving house can take – so don’t try to do it all alone. Whether it’s from family or friends, drafting in some help is the best way to avoid burnout in the moving process. Trying to do all the jobs yourself can lead to more stress and chaos. So – call in some favours and get a team of volunteers to help you make your home feel like home in record time. You can return the favour by helping others move house in the future.
9. Get the details for your utility providers
Once you’re moved in, one of the important tasks on your to-do list is to make sure that you know who the current utility providers are so that you can set up your own accounts. If you don’t have letters waiting for you, you can ask your landlord or previous owner to provide this information. Key utilities in the UK include:
- Council Tax
You should also look into setting up a postal redirection service, so that any important letters, including bills – can be forwarded to your new address, cutting out the need for your family to pass them onto you.
10. Throw a house-warming
After all the hard work that goes into moving house, It’s time to celebrate! Moving out of your parents’ house can be an emotional, stressful experience, but there’s also a lot to look forward to. As well as the sense of achievement that comes along with getting to this milestone. Whether it’s a meal with your new housemates or inviting people over for a full-blown party – it’s nice to do something with friends or family in honour of this new chapter in life.
Ready to move out of your parent’s house?
Follow these steps to help your house move go smoothly. And remember – in addition to local removal companies, storage units can be a really useful tool to declutter your family home, as you make the move elsewhere. They’re also useful for storing clothes or belongings that you’re planning on selling online.
ANVSJ provides self-storage, business storage, vehicle storage, and office space services in Derbyshire, Lancaster, and South Yorkshire. Contact us, or make an enquiry today for more information on how we can help you.