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Preparing to Move Out of Your Parents' House

By Shelley Frost ; Updated June 13, 2017

The move out of your parents' home to your own place is an exciting step. The move also takes lots of planning for a smooth transition. The logistical plan for moving to your own place is only one aspect of the process. The emotional and financial considerations add to the complexity of moving out of your parent's house. The preparation for your move increases the chances you will successfully live on your own without your parents supporting you.

  1. Alert your parents of your plans to move out of their home. Parents often have mixed emotions about a child moving out so telling your parents ahead of time gives them a chance to process their feelings. Your parents may also offer you insight and assistance in moving out.

  2. Create a basic budget. Calculate your total income and all of your expenses once you are on your own. Include all expenses, such as car payments, utilities, groceries, credit card payments, loans and personal spending. Use your budget to determine what you can afford for rent.

  3. Build up an emergency fund. This gives you a back-up if you go over budget or incur unexpected expenses when you're on your own.

  4. Choose your living arrangements. Renting an apartment is a common option after moving out of a parent's home. Prepare to pay a deposit on the apartment. Consider a roommate if you aren't able to comfortably afford the rent on your own.

  5. Identify the furniture and other housewares that you will need for your new place. The basics will likely include a couch, bed, dresser, desk and cookware.

  6. Arrange for a moving truck for the moving day. A friend with a truck may work well if you don't have a lot of items to move.

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