If you are a millennial (aged 18-34), you know it’s not uncommon for your peers to live at home these days. Whether you have never lived away from home or just moved back in with your parents after college, this is the new normal. In fact, this trend affects the Houston and Katy areas as well.

According to Zillow research, more than 21% of Houston millennials ages 24 to 34 live with their parents.

High rents and low salaries are mostly to blame for this trend, but if you are ready to move out, Ameritex is here to help. Living away from mom’s home cooking is a big transition, and we want to help make that smooth for you. Here, you’ll find out what you’ll need for your new place, the steps you can take to move out, and what to do if you need help moving. Here are some tips on how to move out of your parents’ home:

Living On Your Own for the First Time

You’re mentally prepared for leaving the nest (and so are your parents!) — but you could use some pointers on how to move out of your parents’ home in Katy.

If this is your first time moving out, you’ll need to stock up on the basics. This will help make your new place move-in ready. These include:

  • Furniture, especially bedroom furniture, a couch, kitchen table, and chairs
  • Soap and toiletries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dishes, glasses, and utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Kitchen utensils like a spatula and spoon
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash cans
  • Towels
  • Sheets

Pro tip: Thrift stores and dollar stores are great places to find affordable basics! Find more tips on our Katy moving checklist.

How to Move Out of Your Parents’ Home

Once you have the basics, here’s how to move out of your parents’ home.

  1. First of all, plan your budget. The app Mint is a great way to help you keep track of your income and spending. Figure out how much rent you can afford. A general rule of thumb is that rent should be no more than one-third of your income.
  2. Set a deadline. If you’re serious about moving out, give yourself a date. Otherwise, it’s easy to stay at home enjoying free or cheap rent and a stocked pantry.
  3. Decide if you’ll have a roommate. One-bedroom apartments can be expensive, and you have to handle all of the bills yourself. Roommates can be great for alleviating the financial burden, and for socialization.
  4. Find a roommate. Try your social media outlets, Craigslist rooms and shares, Roommates.com, and Roomster.
  5. Find a place to live in the budget you set. Try this source for finding apartments in Katy.

Need Help Moving Out?

You’ve read the advice columns on how to move out of your parents’ home, and now you’re ready to take the plunge. Hiring professional movers is a great way to start your new independent lifestyle. Professional movers save you the burden of pestering your friends for help as well as ensure a safe, quality move. If you are on a budget, you can opt for a partial-service.

On the other hand, you’ve probably saved a good chunk of change from living at your parents’ home. So, if you want to splurge on a full-service move, you’ll certainly enjoy the luxury. With a full-service move, you don’t have to lift a finger. Professional packers and movers will pack your things from your parents’ Katy home, transport it, then unpack and set up your belongings at your new place. Whether you’re moving within Katy, into, or out of it, a full-service move is a completely stress-free transition to your new life.

Does this sound like the right fit for you? If so, call Ameritex Katy Movers today. Fill out the form above for a complimentary moving quote.