5 Tips to Easily Move Out at 18
Posted on: March 23, 2020 | by: Zara Raza
It’s time for a change! We know how long you have been waiting to move out of your parent or guardian’s house and finally be able to take on everyday responsibilities on your own. However, sometimes new adults spend more time being excited about moving out that they forget about all of the tasks needed to be completed before the big move.
We want to make this process as easy as possible for you, so we have gathered five very useful steps to take which will make your move a whole lot simpler. Let’s be real, no one likes the stress of doing things last minute! We suggest you have a look at these tips and follow them well before you move out.
Tip #1 Start being responsible ahead of time.
If you do not start practicing the habits that you need to have when you live on your own, it will become overwhelming right after you move. We suggest changing one irresponsible habit of yours every week, and then sticking to it. For example, if you rely on your parents to take care of the house all the time, you can start by keeping your room clean, and then doing laundry as well the next week, cooking a meal on the third week etc. Parents need a break too!
Tip #2 Gather all of your important documents.
You really can’t do much without your important documents, so you want to start collecting those in advance. Here is a list of legal documents to be collected. Additionally, do not forget the documents you will need to enroll in a college or university. These include your driver’s licence or other photo ID, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, medical/immunization records, and your social security card.
Tip #3 Start apartment hunting at least 3-4 months in advance.
If you are not planning to live on campus, you should definitely start apartment hunting at least 3-4 months in advance. Make sure to look for a good neighborhood with low crime that has an affordable rent. The earlier you start, the more chances you have of finding the most convenient place!
Tip #4 Plan your budget.
Budgeting is an absolute must for adults. You simply cannot be organized if you do not plan your budget. You should also find ways to reduce your costs, and contribute more money to your savings account for any emergencies. Many college students choose to share an apartment with roommates to split the rent. This is just one way to save money!
Tip #5 Get a job if you haven’t already.
Surprise, surprise. You should start hunting for internships at least a couple months in advance. It helps if your future employer allows you to pick the days you want to work just in case you do not have your class schedule yet. We suggest bringing this up during the phone interview to avoid wasting time. Additionally, you can also look into extra streams of revenue. Here are 100+ Ways to Make Money in College! There is something for everyone here. Please do keep in mind the time you will spend in school, including any clubs/activities, and prioritize!
That is all for the tips, so we hope you found them practical! Keep in mind that time is a very important aspect here, so please do not underestimate it. You will also want to start looking into self-storage for easy access to other potential items that you want to keep closer to you, especially if you are planning to live farther away from your parents. Please see our Current Storage Unit Specials. We wish you all the best on your journey to independence!