“Mum, dad, I’m leaving” – How to move out of your ‘rents home

You’re ready (actually, you were more than ready some time back). Ahead of you lies challenge and excitement in equal measure – both in terms of the emotional upheaval and the financial changes. Here’s our two pence worth to make the entire process go that little bit smoother.

Talk about it

(but depending on their thoughts, they may need you to break it gently)

This might be a conversation that your parents were expecting (but dreading). Sending off their child (who just turned three, it seems yesterday) will always be a worrying time. 

So ease into it, and be prepared to provide details (and lots of them). One thing that you may want to research before having this conversation is…

Getting set for the real-world cost of living

It’s a tough old world out there. Having your very own place comes with plenty of bills that you need to be ready for. Here’s the average for a one bed flat versus a two-bed house.

One bed flat

Minimum use per month 1 bed flat      
Rent* £333.67
Council Tax* – based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £82.33 
Gas and electric £65 
Water* £30.33 
TV Licence £12.13 
Food and cleaning per person £108.33 
Content insurance* £3.09 
Mobile phone £12.13 
Total £647.57 

Two bed house…

Minimum use per month 2 bed house       
Rent* £411.67
Council Tax* – based on band A, B or C. Please check local authority for actual banding information £82.33 
Gas and electric £108.33
Water* £34.67 
TV Licence £12.13 
Food and cleaning per person £325 
Content insurance* £5.42 
Mobile phone £24.27 
Total £1003,82 

With the above numbers, you may well want to save up a financial safety net for any unforeseen costs that pop up during your first few months.

Get your parents in on the planning act

Let’s be honest, parents have years of organisational experience. They’re best placed to help you put together a moving plan (and can also help you think of things you might have overlooked).

Change your home address (over and over again)

If this is the first time you’ve moved, you’ll likely be taken aback by just how many people you need to tell about it. Here’s our guide to walk you through this administrative nightmare: It’s good to talk – Who to notify when you move.

Pack up with skill level: Jedi powers 

Packing may not sound complicated. It may seem straight forward. But believe us, there are MANY things that can go awry without the right planning. Allow us to tell you all about it: How to pack your moving van like a Jedi Knight.

Keep in touch with your rents after you’ve said your final farewell

Once you’ve moved everything from your old place to your new, thrown a house-warming party and got used to your new surrounds, don’t forget to stay in touch with your parents. A simple phone call will mean the world (or as they would say “you’ll understand once you have your own!”).

Once you’re ready to say goodbye to mum and dad, we’ll be ready to tackle everything from the packing to the lifting and shifting. 

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