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Updated on 25 Sep 2019. Posted on 23 Sep 2019

27 Helpful Moving Out Tips People Wish They Had Known The First Time Round

*Saves to bookmarks for when I eventually move out.*

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!

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1. Go over your daily expenses to figure out if you can actually afford to move out.

Studio Ghibli

"Moving out and living alone is often way more expensive than you would think! So before you commit, go over all your recurring bills and weekly costs to see if you're actually ready and have enough in the bank to make the big move."

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2. And practice "paying" rent and other added expenses for a few months to make sure it's doable with your budget.

Nickelodeon

"If you're moving away from your parents, this can be a helpful way to simulate what it will actually be like once you're on your own."

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3. Be prepared to lower your expectations when viewing places.

Comedy Central

"When you first move out, you will have all these ideas about what your new place will look like. But in reality, the space isn't going to be perfect, and it's what works for you in terms of your budget that really matters. Plus, if it's a little older and outdated, it doesn't mean it shouldn't be considered when it matches all the other criteria on your list."

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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.

Disney

"Remember: You don't need a place to entertain; you need a place to live."

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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.

Paramount Pictures

"Some furniture pieces, like a couch, bed frame, or even a washing machine, are an investment. You'll be using them for a long time, so it's best to save up your money if you can't afford them right away and to invest in good-quality pieces that'll last."

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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.

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"Pack important documents, medicines, a change of clothes, all of it! You'll be so happy when you're in need of a Panadol the first night and don't have to search in a sea of boxes for it."

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13. Save time by packing hanging clothes directly into plastic bags or containers.

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"You can then move them directly from closet to closet, which will save you so much time unpacking!"

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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.

Fox

"Most companies offer lower rates if you can move during the week! Plus, it'll be less busy."

clarybeary

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.

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18. Once you move in, take photos of any issues and email them to your landlord.

Disney

"Even if it's a minor crack on the wall that doesn't bother you, it makes it so much easier to prove that the damage was already there when you eventually move out. And that way, you don't have to pay for it!"

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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.

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"You never know how many people the previous owners gave a key to their house to, so it's better to be on the safe side. But be sure to double-check with your landlord and local regulations before changing anything!"

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24. And build relationships with your neighbours and people in your local community.

Nickelodeon

"Moving out can be a lonely experience for some people, especially when you're kind of broke and staying in a lot. But becoming part of your local community and getting to know your neighbours can make the space feel a lot more like a home!"

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25. Learn how to cook five or six simple dishes that you can throw together even when it's late and you're tired.

Fox

"This will ensure that you're not tempted to order takeout for a whole week straight."

juliehancock

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.

Nickelodeon

"Don't sit at home and starve yourself because you want to seem like a grown-up! Ask your friends and family for assistance if you need a bit of help to get back on your feet."

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Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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