How to move out of your parents’ house

Moving out of the family home is a major event in your life. It’s exciting, and you’re probably looking forward to the independence that comes with living alone, but you may also be feeling rather anxious as well.

Being suitably prepared will greatly improve your confidence in your ability to live independently, and reduce your anxiety. It will also make it much easier to cope with the day of the move!

If this is your first time moving, this checklist can help you get organised and ready for your new house.

Have a good old clear out
The fewer things you need to take with you, the less time it will take to move. Take things you’ll need for your new home (see 9, 10 and 11, below) and give away, sell or gift to charity anything that you know you won’t use again.

Be careful not to throw away all your memories -
your parents might agree to store excess belongings in their loft, or you could consider renting a self-storage locker to keep items that you’re not ready to part with but that don’t fit into your new house/flat.

You will need the following furniture as a bare minimum:
  • A wardrobe or clothes rail
  • A bed and mattress
  • A bedside table
  • A sofa
  • A coffee table
  • A bookcase and/or chest of drawers
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer/clothes horse
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Iron and ironing board

You will need the following furnishings as a bare minimum:
  • Pillows
  • Duvet
  • Tea towels
  • Duvet cover and pillowcases
  • Bedsheets
  • Curtains/blinds - check what will be left by the last tenants or owners
  • Coat hangers
  • Shower curtain
  • Towels
  • Television
  • Cushions and blanket for the sofa
  • Lamp for softer lighting
  • Toaster and kettle
  • Dinner plates and side plates
  • Cutlery
  • Cups and glasses
  • Microwave
  • Washing up liquid and sponges, or dishwasher tablets if you have a dishwasher
  • Coffee, Tea, sugar containers
  • Laundry cleaning equipment

You should check you know:

  • Where the fuse box is and knows what to do if a fuse blows
  • Where the stopcock is in case you need to turn off the water supply
  • What day do the bins need to be put out
  • The numbers of emergency plumbers and electricians
  • That the smoke alarms and CO detectors are fitted and working (put fresh batteries in even if they are working)
  • Sign up for gas, broadband, electricity and water.
  • Register to vote, and make sure you’re registered for Council Tax.
  • Change your address on your paperwork - driving licence, passport - and tell your employer/university and bank.

If space becomes an issue after you’ve moved in (e.g. when you’ve started to buy things like Christmas decorations, camping gear or sports equipment), you could invest in a shed if there’s room in a secure area, or rent a self-storage unit.

Bear in mind, when moving out of your parents’ home...

This is a huge step, one that you need to be prepared for practically but also psychologically: once you’ve moved out, every time you return home it will be as a visitor. Your old room won’t look the same and may even get repurposed by your parents as an office, gym or possibly even a guest room.

You’ll find your way of doing things, which might be different to how your parents have always done them - your parents might find this difficult to adjust to and may seek to override your decisions or criticise them. You may be a grown-up to the rest of the world, but to your parents, you’ll always be their child!

Take a deep breath and try not to take it personally if they treat you like you don’t know what you’re doing - it comes from a place of love and care, and when you go back to your own home you can do exactly what you want!

Enjoy settling into your first proper home.

Remember if you need any storage space for all your house moving activities give Ask Active a shout on 01270 215 200 or email