Moving Out Of Home For The First Time: Budgeting, Boxes & Beyond

Studio Shot Of Young Man Holding Keys To First HomeMoving out of home for the first time is often deemed the first step towards independence.

It’s a huge milestone, especially for young people that can fill an individual with pride and dread at the same time.

The initial thought of having to budget for yourself and stand on your own two feet can feel daunting and can cause people to question themselves on whether or not they are truly ready to face the next chapter in their lives.

The good news is that with careful planning, your first move can start smoothly and stress-free.

Our checklist guide is packed with all the essential information, important considerations, and handy tips needed to make any move in Sydney as simple as possible for first-time movers.

Key Takeaways

Understanding the Basics of Moving Out

There are thousands of reasons why you may be considering moving out of your home for the first time. Before you do anything ask yourself whether these are the right reasons, if the timing is right and what the possible repercussions are for doing so.

Assess Your Readiness to Moving Out

Beautiful Thinking WomanFirst, you should begin planning ahead. This is not only important to ensuring a successful move if you do decide to go ahead, but can also used to assess whether you’re truly ready to move out.

For example, ask yourself if the reason why you are considering a move is a knee-jerk reaction to an event that has made you want to relocate. For example:

Either way, whatever your reasons you should ensure that you do not simply act on impulse and that there are truly legitimate reasons to entertain the idea of a move.

Along with these considerations, you will also need to think about your financial stability and your ability to handle responsibilities on your own.

All of these things may impact whether or not you can sustain leaving the nest for the long run.

Once you have considered all factors, you should have a clearer frame of mind on whether or not you should proceed.

Budgeting For Your First Move

saving money and budgeting moving homeAs highlighted above, budgeting is key to avoiding financial issues in the foreseeable future.

Factors to be considered include initial moving costs such as packing materials, and hiring removalists as well as ongoing expenses such as paying rent, managing utility bills and groceries.

As a pro tip, it also helps to research the average rent prices in your desired area if you are leasing a property.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to effectively handle your finances more efficiently:

Remember to be careful when hiring a moving company. Do a thorough background check on them and ensure they are accredited by the Australian Furniture Removers Association to avoid being scammed.

Our article on Avoiding Moving Scams in Sydney can also help.

Choosing The Right Place To Live

Sydney suburb from the airSettling on a place to live in Sydney is a big decision; one that can impact your happiness and well-being.

It’s not just about finding a roof over your head; it’s about locating and identifying a place that you can call home and one that complements your personal lifestyle and priorities.

For this reason, it is important to take your time and consider all factors with family and friends before taking the plunge. You can even draw up a list of pros and cons for each place you go and see.

Some of the key factors you should consider when moving out the first time include:

By carefully considering the factors listed above, you can narrow down your search for choosing your ideal place to move to. Remember, prioritise necessities over everything else.

Moving With Others? Choose Wisely

Moving In With FriendsMoving out with someone you know can be highly beneficial and comes with many benefits:

While there are plenty of obvious advantages to moving with someone you know, there are also potential cons which should be noted:

A Chance To Strain Friendships If Sharing A Place Does Not Work Out

Less Privacy and Alone Time

Clashing Of Living Habits

Financial Disagreements

Increased Difficulty In Ending The Living Situation If Things Go Wrong

Renting? Be Prepared To Deal With Landlords

Landlord Handing Over KeysRenting for the first time is an excellent way to live independently for the first time (not to mention exploring new Sydney suburbs), but dealing with landlords at first can sometimes feel daunting. You don’t know them and you are liable to keep their property in the same condition as you found it.

The key to remember is that, just like tenants, landlords also come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, it is complete ‘luck of the draw’ on who your landlord might be when inspecting rooms for the first time.

While some homeowners will be friendly and approachable, happy to have a chat, other landlords may be more introverted, come across as unfriendly or prefer minimal interaction.

The key things to remember when dealing with landlords are :

Things You Need When Moving Out For The First Time

Moving Homes IconWhether you are moving to a new home or apartment, there are many items you will need to make your initial relocation more comfortable. Our ‘moving out for the first time’ shopping list will help you.

Essentials for the First Night and Week

Making Your New Place Feel Like Home:

Additional Extras

Hiring Movers? Weekdays Might Be A Better Choice

ZOOM Cheap Removalists SydneyIf you are considering hiring professional Sydney removalists, bear in mind that the time of the week you decide to schedule one can impact the cost.

Just like with many other industries, moving companies also experience fluctuations in supply and demand. Most people are busy with work and other activities during the week, so they prefer to move on weekends. This higher demand for movers on weekends pushes up prices.

Weekdays, on the other hand, are not as busy for movers, so they can offer cheaper rates.

Keep Important Documents Safe

FolderKeeping your important documents safe and organised is also vital when moving out for the first time.

Not only does this make it easier to locate important papers when you need them, but also lessens the risk of losing them in the chaos of a move.

Types of important documents can include:

To help keep everything in one place, consider buying a folder.

Staying Frugal After You’ve Moved In

MoneyRenting a property in a city like Sydney is expensive and can hit your wallet hard, especially after paying off other bills on top of your rent.

For this reason, keeping on top of your finances is super important. Fortunately, there are additional solutions you can consider to help pull back a dollar or two.

Before Your Move

After Moving In

Adjusting To Living on Your Own And Thriving

young teenager first time removalsTaking the plunge into living on your own is a big step and will take some time getting used to. Fortunately, there are things you can do to speed up these adjustments.

  • Get into the habit of a routine for chores and responsibilities to maintain your new home and keep it in good condition.
  • Take the time to familiarise yourself with your new neighbourhood so you know the area a little better.
  • Join local communities or groups to make new friends in the area.
  • Homesick? Stay connected with family and friends by calling them or arranging ZOOM calls. If you have flatmates, spend quality time with them to take your mind off things.

Download Our First Time Moving Checklist

If you’re looking for a checklist you can physically take with you while you organise your relocation, ZOOM provides a professional and downloadable ‘first time moving checklist’.

Keep your relocation smooth and on track by downloading our checklist completely free by visiting the following link: first time moving out checklist pdf.


Moving out for the first time is a big deal and a huge step in anyone’s life. With our expert tips, you should be better prepared and ready to take on this new challenge with more confidence!


What Are The First Steps In Planning A Move?

Start by assessing your financials. Choosing a suitable location you want to move and begin planning from there.

Additional resources such as the following will help you stay organised:

How Much Should I Save Before Moving Out?

Aim to save at least three months’ worth of living expenses, including rent, utilities, and emergency funds. Naturally, the more savings you have before your move the better.

Sit down and consider all expenses beforehand, so you know how much you need to save.

What Are The Common Pitfalls To Avoid When Moving Out Of Home For The First Time?

Many things can go wrong without proper planning. Some of the more common mishaps include:

  • Broken Belongings: Improper packing techniques can often lead to damage to your belongings. For example, without padding items properly (especially fragile items), you may risk irreparable damage to them. Remember to use quality packing materials and sturdy boxes. Also, try to avoid over-filling them with too many items.
  • Dealing With Bulkier Items: If you are planning to move larger furniture, you may benefit from measuring furniture and doorways beforehand to make sure everything will fit through. You can also consider disassembling large pieces if necessary.
  • Your Movers Are A No-Show: Hiring reputable movers well in advance is key to ensuring the success of your move. Movers that have poor reviews or do not have accreditation could let you down. It also helps to have a backup plan in case of unexpected delays with your movers.
  • Utility Shocks: New homeowners should remember to set up utilities at their new place at least a few weeks in advance before moving in. This will help to avoid being without power or water.

What Should I Do If I Feel Overwhelmed After Moving Out?

Remember to always take things slowly and one step at a time. Do not be scared to reach out for support from friends or family members. Remember, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed during such a significant change in your life.

Finally, if you live near your old home, you can always go back home for a few days for a recharge!

What First-Time Removals Do You Offer?

ZOOM are established first-move removals experts. Our friendly team have worked with thousands of young people, working professionals and other individuals to relocate items and belongings quickly and securely.

Moving services for first-time removals include:

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