Relocation with e-location: How to take the stress out of moving home

Get organised for the big move with these helpful online resources.

For many young adults, moving out of home is an exciting, empowering prospect.

However, there’s plenty to consider before deciding to embrace adulthood and leave the family nest.

With independence and freedom also comes responsibility and accountability, so we’ve put together a list of helpful websites and online tools that can make this process easier than you think.

Budget

Before making the move, it’s important to be realistic with your finances and creating a budget is a great way to work out what you can and can’t afford. A budget will help break down expenses such as rent, bills, transport and personal spending, which often adds up to a lot more than you realise.

Moving homes doesn't have to be a nightmare, thanks to a number of online resources available these days.

 

Having a detailed budget will also assist with saving, something that can seem impossible when living out of home.

It may seem like a daunting task but there are a number of websites that allow you to create a budget in a few simple steps.

Money Smart has been designed for first time renters and features an online budget planner to help add up the costs of moving out of home as well as your new living expenses. Another app housed within the site, TrackMySpend is a handy tool to stay on top of day-to-day expenses and track ongoing spending.  

Accommodation

In the past, finding a place to call home was a lengthy and an exhausting task. However, the ability to browse rental homes and connect with potential flatmates online has made this process much easier and efficient.

Forget about filling out application form after application form, first time renters can sign up to websites such as Flatmate Finders and create their own profile to help find people who share similar interests, age or living preferences.

Flatmates.com.au is another useful website which allows young nest leavers to search for a room by suburb, rental price and preferred moving dates. Facebook groups are also becoming a popular way to connect with flatmates and find rental properties.

Here, images and messages can be uploaded and exchanged instantaneously and house inspections can be arranged in a matter of minutes!

Furniture 

Moving out may seem like a good excuse to purchase new décor and the thrill of decking out your own place can make it very easy to get carried away and blow your budget.

Although it’s important for your own space to “feel like home”, there are plenty of great websites where you can buy pre-loved furniture, in good condition for decent prices.

Shopping is made simple with Gumtree and eBay where you’re able to search by specific category, contact sellers, negotiate prices and arrange delivery or pick up all at the click of a button.

Rental rights

Signing a lease agreement for the first time can be overwhelming yet it is important to take the time to read through thoroughly before signing the dotted line.

If you ever run into any complications with a landlord or are unsure of your rights as a tenant, you can jump online to here seek relevant guidance and information.

Being as prepared as possible is key to moving out of home for the first time. 

There’s guaranteed to be ups and downs and a few late nights spent packing, however making the most of these helpful online resources will make moving out surprisingly easier than expected!