You have probably dreamed of this day for a long time, but when it comes to it, moving out of your parent’s house is a pretty daunting life event.

New research has found that 20.4 million adults aged 18-34 still live with relatives, for many this is because they can’t afford housing costs, but some simply aren’t flying the nest because of the easy life that comes with living at home. So, whether you are 18 or 35, moving out for the first time is going to come with some huge changes that you may not be ready for.

Suddenly you will have a lot of responsibility that you may not have had before. You will no longer come home from work to find dinner on the table, your washing won’t miraculously make a journey from the dirty pile on your floor to a neat clean pile on your bed and the bills won’t sort themselves out.

So, it is important to make sure you are prepared! But where do you start?

Find the right place

The most important thing is to make sure you find the right place for you, whether this is a flat share in the centre of London or your own flat on the seafront in Brighton. As well as the location being key, you need to ensure you will be able to afford it and keep up the rent. To do this you must also have a job lined up (if you don’t have one already!) You don’t want to be desperately searching for work as the bills are piling up.

Learn to cook

If you don’t know how to cook, it’s time to learn! It will be easy to live off takeaways and ready meals when you are on your own, but this is neither healthy nor good for your bank balance. Learning to cook a few homemade meals before you leave is a good start.

Plan for your bills

At first, it might feel like you have a new bill on your doormat everyday. From rent, to water, electricity, council tax and the rest, you may start to notice your monthly wage disappear much faster than it ever has before. Being prepared and knowing what to expect will make this (a tiny bit) easier. Arrange for automatic Direct Debits to come out of your account at the start of the month to save you any hassle.

Organise finances

For the above reason, you need to have your finances in order and after you have done this it is time to budget. You don’t want to blow all your money in the first week and then turn up at your mum and dads because you can’t afford to feed yourself. Invest in a diary with a budget planner and work out how much money you need each month/week.

Practice

Practice makes perfect! So why not ‘run your parents house’ for a couple of months and be responsible as much as you can. This is a good opportunity to learn how the washing machine works, if you don’t already know!

Sort out your belongings

As you pack your worldly possessions in to boxes, you may be surprised to see just how much stuff you have accumulated. It is more than likely that your first home won’t offer much in the way of spare space.

So where are you going to keep all your belongings? You don’t necessarily want to throw them away, but you need to move them out of your parents. This is where we come in! Storing your items with us means that they will be safe and secure until you want them back.

There is a lot to prepare for, but you can’t live with your parents forever and the independence that it brings will make it all worthwhile in the long run!