Unit: Renter's Life
Hey, I’m Taylor Vogel and this is Now That I’m Not Your Teacher. Each week we’ll explore an aspect of adulting that you might have missed in school. Since I used to be a teacher, I’ll structure it in ways that are proven to help you retain information. But since I’m not your teacher anymore, I can approach it in a way that’s honest and sometimes inappropriate for a classroom.
In this week’s unit, we’re exploring Renter’s Life—making the most of it, being ready to move out on a dime, and embracing all of the life that can happen when you have the flexibility of renting your space.
In today’s episode, we’ll touch on the process of Moving Out.
I cannot emphasize enough that you need to have a plan for moving out. The best way to ensure this? Write your plan down. Three things that you need to plan for are checking your rental company’s boxes, financially preparing to move, and the packing and moving process.
First, have a conversation with your rental company about what they expect from you on move out. I like to have this conversation two ways: with a human, and via email. It’s really important to me after having moved a lot to have everything in writing. So, after connecting with a human, I’ll follow up with an email outlining everything we discussed. This helps for referencing it later, when they want to charge you for things they shouldn’t, like those messy stove plates they said you didn’t need to clean. Know everything that could cost you money, know important dates, and know key times you need to have things done by.
Second, financially prepare yourself to move. Create a budget, and then increase it by 50%. I know that’s harsh, but there are always unexpected costs when moving. Include boxes, moving help, takeout for that week, a truck rental, packing material, and other services you might outsource.
Finally, create a timeline for your process. If it doesn’t fit on your calendar, it won’t get done. I literally put every part of moving into my Google calendar, so I can see when things are happening, and adjust accordingly. Don’t forget to give yourself time to rest during the moving process as well—the last thing you need is an injury because you’re overworked.
Moving out can be stressful. But by knowing you’ve got your bases covered ahead of time through planning expectations, finances, and process, you can more easily navigate the unexpected.
What’s your biggest tip for moving out?
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