Moving out preparedness

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    Nov 07, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Just wanted to ask for tips and lessons people have learned moving out of home
    for the first time like how much to save for, what to bring, and anything else.

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    Nov 07, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    Make sure to pack the essentials of course

    Hygenic Material
    Alarm Clock ( a must)

    You definately want to save up a decent amount just so if anything bad happens (god forbid) you have a backup so a few months worth of estimated utilities. Rent (I'm assuming a small apartment.) Gas money (if you have a car)

    Positive and Happy thoughts! Bring alot of those moving out can be rough
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    Nov 07, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    Not sure about your area, but I'm pretty sure it's common to pay a deposit plus the first month's rent. Also, if you don't have credit or you never turned on utilities under your name before, prepare to pay a deposit and "turn-on" fee.

    Read the lease carefully. See if there are any additional fees that you're responsible for. Also check to see if there are any move-out fees at the of your lease. Some management companies charge a bullshit cleaning fee, which is often times ridiculously high.

    Also, check your lease to see if there's an escape clause that will allow you to break the lease without penalty, in case you have real asshole neighbors.

    Before you sign the lease, walk through the apartment and make a note of any damages. Turn on the faucets and shower to make sure they work, and no toxic brown water comes out. Flush the toilet a few times to make sure it operates properly and nothing is leaking. Check the heater and a/c if there is one.

    When you're signing the lease, you'll need to bring the deposit + rent. Some places will accept a personal check. While other places will require a money order. You'll need a drivers license or state ID, and SS card.

    That's all I can think of for now.
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    Nov 07, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    your going to learn that you spend a lot on food! If your a fatass like me! Try not eat out as gets expensive.
  • metta

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    Nov 07, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    How much money will depend on the type of job you have (ex: self employed, vs. secure job with regular salary, vs job with sales income, vs etc....). How secure is your job? How secure is your salary. The less secure, the more money you will need to have saved up.

    The biggest thing I have learned is to never spend money you don't have (with the exception of a mortgage payment). Always have money for emergencies and things that come up that you did not expect...because that will happen. You can use credit cards but pay them off. I do it every week. Be careful with signing up for things that add to your monthly expenses. Only do it if it is really necessary, such as utilities, insurance, etc. I see too many people is only...$__ every week or month.... I usually figure out what it is a year and ask myself if it is worth it. They end up spending all their extra money on monthly charges for this and that. Watch those cell phone bills. I have always hated using the phone and like to get away from it so I only have a cell phone for important calls and a prepaid minute phone is fine for monthly fees and I only spend $100/year on minutes. Recently I got rid of my cable tv bill and I'm saving over $800 a year. I can do so many other things with an additional $800 a year. I have a roku and subsribed to netflix for $8/mo.