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How to Survive Moving Out for the First Time

Posted on June 23, 2021

Survive your first move by packing the essentials.

Survive your first move by packing the essentials.


Moving out for the first time can be terrifying and exhilarating all at once. It can be daunting thinking about the things you’ll need to get, what you’ll need to arrange, and what you’ll need to remember. However, with a bit of planning and help from professional movers in Kelowna, you can survive your first move unscathed. Use these moving tips to help you and get packing:

 

Plan Your Budget

Managing your finances is a crucial part of moving out on your own, as you will likely no longer be relying on your family to clothe, feed, and house you. Not only will you have to cover your moving expenses, but you will also have to think about what you can pay for rent, groceries, utilities, etc.

To manage your budget, try dividing your monthly expenses into these percentages:

  • 35-40% rent/housing 
  • 15% food
  • 15% utilities
  • 10% personal expenses
  • 5% transportation
  • 5% entertainment/recreation
  • 5% savings/emergency fund
  • %2.5 clothing

 

Do Your Research

Whether you are a student moving to a university dorm or moving long-distance to start a new job, it’s helpful to know about the community you’ll be calling home. Things to consider include:

  • Safety of the neighbouring area
  • Public transportation/walking and cycling routes to get to school/work if you don’t own a vehicle
  • Nearest medical clinic/hospital
  • Where the closest areas are to shop for groceries, etc.
  • Local amenities, recreation centres, and/or gym

 

Arrange Your Utilities

Save time and long waits by ensuring your utilities are active before you move into your new residence. While some rentals come with utilities, you may have to set up your own utility connections such as:

  • Hydro/gas
  • Water
  • Phone/landline
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Cable/digital TV service

 

Pack the Essentials

Having all the things you will need to make your new home comfortable is an integral part of moving. Think about what essential furniture pieces, appliances, electronics, and other accessories you’ll need to eat, sleep, study, entertain yourself, and clean with. To help, read our Moving Checklist of Essentials to Have in Your New Home.

 

Book Your Movers

Arranging professional moving services is another vital part of moving out on your own for the first time. Relying on friends to help you move heavy furniture or renting your own truck from an unreliable source can spell disaster. Having professional Kelowna movers pick up, transport, and deliver your items will save you time and relieve any headaches.

To save on expenses, see if your moving company offers DIY (do-it-yourself) services that include truck, container, equipment, and even storage rentals.

 

Having all the things you will need to make your new home comfortable is an integral part of moving. Think about what essential furniture pieces, appliances, electronics, and other accessories you’ll need to eat, sleep, study, entertain yourself, and clean with. To help, read our Moving Checklist of Essentials to Have in Your New Home.

 


Learn more about Bekins Kelowna’s DYI local and long-distance moving and storage services. Contact us at 1-866-544-9034 for more information and a free estimate.