Leaving home is always a big deal.
Whether you’re leaving home to move into university lodgings, moving out with flatmates or with a partner, you need to know how to move right to get the best possible outcome for yourself. After all, there’s always a right way and a wrong way to go about things, and when you’re moving (which is arguably a pretty big undertaking) you don’t want to make any mistakes if you can.
Sadly, the millennial generation seem to make the same few mistakes every time, and we’d love to help you avoid these mistakes if you can. So we have compiled a list of the top five mistakes that millennials make when moving house (and how to avoid them) in the hopes that your next move is hassle and pain free. So when you’re ready to hire the removalists in Melbourne you won’t be running the risk of moving into a disaster…
Mistake One – Spending too much
When you’re moving into a new house, it’s very tempting to move into a whiz-bang apartment that’s brand new with all the features and addons that you can find. You might want an apartment block with a pool, tennis court or lift – but you must know this: with all those extras comes an extra cost. While it’s tempting to think that you’re going to be down on the tennis court and out in the pool all the time, the reality is that you often use the facilities far less than you think you will. Soon you’re going to be paying extra for an apartment that has all these extra features – but you’re not using them. On the flip side of things, you might opt for a lovely house in a great neighbourhood, but you’re paying to the limit of your budget, when a not so bad but still very nice house in a still very good neighbourhood would do – and it’s $80 a week less than what you’re paying now. Think carefully when you sign a lease as you will have to pay your rent every week no matter what.
Mistake Two – Moving in with a partner too soon
This isn’t going to impact on everyone, but many millennials will be tempted to move in with their partner after dating a few months. You see each other all the time, and you spend almost every day together, so why not save on money and combine your living spaces? Well, note the use of the word ‘almost’ – because that’s why you shouldn’t move in together. Not yet, anyway. When you’re in a relationship you mustn’t move in together just because convenience and your budget dictates so. Your choice must be governed by decisions based on rational conversation, and if you are considering moving in with a partner, we advise you to have a good long chat about what this entails!
Mistake Three – Not budgeting properly
It’s Friday night, you’ve been saving to make sure you have enough money for the electricity bill due on Monday, but then your housemate pokes her head around the door and begs you to come to the pub because she’s just finished an assignment and wants to get wasted right now. You have to go, of course. There goes your carefully saved $100 for the bill… So when Monday rolls around you have to borrow some money off a friend and you feel wretched for doing so. Next time, you might save a bit better. It helps to have a firm budget in place and to stick to it rigidly.
Mistake Four – Moving in with best friends
You might love your bestie, but do you know what living together might do to your friendship?
Think good and hard about whether you want to live with your best mate, knowing that it might drive you both mad when you have different ideas about what ‘clean’ really looks like…
Mistake Five – Not paying bills on time
Ugh, it seems like your housemate is always finishing assignments, cos you always seem to be going out with her on Fridays to party! Well, it’s caused you enough of an issue this time that you can’t pay your phone bill. That sucks because you have to endure a penalty from your phone company. Try to manage your bills with an automatic debit from your account so you don’t have to think about it.
Good luck with the move, millennials. If you follow these steps above, you’ll (almost) certainly be fine!