Recently we asked the BuzzFeed Community to share their best pieces of advice for first-time movers. Here are the best and most helpful tips!
1. Go over your daily expenses to figure out if you can actually afford to move out.
2. And practice "paying" rent and other added expenses for a few months to make sure it's doable with your budget.
3. Be prepared to lower your expectations when viewing places.
4. And when inspecting, be sure to ask plenty of questions and check out every nook and cranny.
5. Double-check the natural lighting, phone service, and outlet situation, especially if you're someone who works from home.
6. If you're choosing not to live alone or can't afford it, pick your roommates wisely.
7. Even if it's the most beautiful space you've ever seen, don't sign a lease on something you can't afford.
8. Declutter all your belongings before you start to pack.
9. Start buying the essentials as early as you can.
10. But don't feel like you have to buy everything you need before you move in — especially when it comes to furniture.
11. Pack smart so you can unpack easily down the line.
12. Prepare a bag or suitcase of things you'll need in the first 24 hours.
13. Save time by packing hanging clothes directly into plastic bags or containers.
14. And once you move in, immediately set up your bed to have it ready for when you crash later.
15. If you're looking to hire a moving company, don't schedule it for a weekend.
16. Take whatever hand-me-downs are available to you.
17. And suss out thrift stores and online marketplaces to help you furnish your place.
18. Once you move in, take photos of any issues and email them to your landlord.
19. Store important documents, like receipts and tax information, in a file organiser.
20. And use a bill organiser or app to track your monthly expenses.
21. Learn how to repurpose things if you want a cost-friendly approach to furnishing and decorating.
22. And become your own handyperson for the small stuff.
23. Change the locks when you move in.
24. And build relationships with your neighbours and people in your local community.
25. Learn how to cook five or six simple dishes that you can throw together even when it's late and you're tired.
26. Only buy groceries that you're prepared to use during the week.
27. And finally, if you're struggling, don't be afraid to ask for help.
Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.