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Living on your own for the first time: What to do before moving out

Living on your own for the first time: What to do before moving out

Moving out for the first time can be pretty exciting. It can also lead to a lot of worrying. When you've made the decision to leave the nest,  or move on from on-campus housing, there are some very important things you need to keep in mind. Use this list to make your first time living on your own as positive and successful as possible.

A woman enjoying a glass of juice at her kitchen table.Living on your own for the first time can be very rewarding if you make some important considerations early on.

Make - and stick to - a budget

You've likely already budgeted your money for a variety of needs, from gas and groceries to going out with friends and concert tickets. The big difference when moving into your own home for the first time is that you have to address every bill and expense that comes your way. Heat, electricity, internet, groceries - the list goes on and on. Mint suggested sitting down to prepare a detailed budget before you move out, so you have a clear picture of your income, expenses and what's left over for savings and discretionary purchases. The time you spend comparing your income to your necessary spending makes it so much easier to understand when you can afford to splurge on a fun purchase and when you might need to tighten your belt.

Feeling like home without breaking the bank

Moving into a home can bring along plenty of expenses, depending on the furniture, appliances, electronics and other key items you already have on hand. When you make a budget, consider also creating a plan for how you'll pay for the new things you'll need. This way, you can slowly but steadily stock up without worrying about how you'll pay your rent next month.

Keep your home safe

A safe home is a happy home. Basic measures like installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can go a long way toward protecting you in the case of an emergency. You should also consider keeping a fire extinguisher inside your home, potentially near the kitchen to address the unlikely but very dangerous potential of a grease fire. As The Kitchn pointed out, a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher can safely extinguish grease fires, which are especially dangerous. Other safety measures to consider include changing exterior locks, installing a door bolt and using a security system.

Take advantage of your kitchen

If you've relied on dining hall food for the past several years or just haven't taken much interest in the kitchen, learning the basics of cooking can save you money, provide an exciting new hobby and offer an excuse to bring your friends to your new home. Even if you don't want to dive headfirst into cooking, some basic knowledge will help you avoid the high costs of constantly eating out and the nutritional consequences of constantly relying on packaged food.

Finding help getting there

Moving into your new home can be one of the most difficult parts of the entire process, with all of the heavy lifting and logistics involved. For assistance from expert movers and packers, get in touch with your local Atlas agent today!

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