The cost of moving
Moving out of home is a rite of passage and an adventure. With extra independence comes additional responsibilities, which can sneak up on you if you’re not prepared. From a financial perspective, it’s likely that your expenses will change now that you’re on your own. But if you’re aware of the upcoming costs, you’ll know how much you need to save up and how to live within your means.
One way to break down the costs of moving out is to think of them as ongoing vs one-off costs.
These are the costs you pay to set up your new place. They may include:
- removalist fees—Hiring a truck or professionals to help you transport your boxes or bulky objects.
- rent in advance and bond—If renting, many landlords ask for two weeks of rent in advance and a security deposit of four weeks of rent.
- connection fees—Connecting your internet, gas, electricity or home phone can come with a cost, especially if a specialist needs to come and install equipment.
- furniture—Whether it’s a bedside table or bar stools, you may not realise how much furniture you need for you and your guests to be comfortable.
- appliances, kitchenware and other homewares—These are important for a functioning house and buying all these items within a short period can really add up.
- other costs—Think about your day-to-day life and the objects or subscription services you use in your house on a daily basis.
These are the costs you’ll need to keep your new household up and running. They may include:
- rent—It’s important to make sure your rent is within your means. It’s likely that rent will be your greatest ongoing cost, so consider living in cheaper areas or shared living arrangements.
- utilities bills—Your electricity, gas and water bills often come quarterly and can come as a surprise.
- mobile and internet—You’ll need to factor in monthly subscription charges and avoid expensive penalties for going over your data allowance.
- groceries—Beyond food, you’ll need to buy other items to maintain your house, such as cleaning and bathroom products.
- transport—Living in a new location can change how much you’ll spend on public transport, keeping your car running or parking permits.
By subtracting a week’s worth of these expenses from your weekly income, you’ll see how much you’ll have left for entertainment, gifts or savings.
Use our Savings calculator to see how ready you are to move out.
Getting organised to move
A new address can mean a new lifestyle, depending on where you’ll live, who you live with and what your previous living situation was. Here are some tips to consider for a smooth transition:
- Know your new area—Ideally your new place isn’t far from supermarkets, banks, medical centres or transport. Any extra time or money you spend travelling to do daily tasks will add up.
- Check your rental agreements before signing—If you’ll have housemates, it’s best to be in formal living arrangements with clear agreements on when to pay rent and how to split expenses.
- Protect yourself with insurance—Consider getting home contents or car insurance. Or, update the address attached to any existing insurance you have, which may result in a change in how much you'll pay.
- Tie up loose ends—Avoid late fees by making sure you’ve paid all outstanding bills or subscriptions.
- Update your address—Tell any relevant institution about your change of address. This may include your employer, superannuation fund, bank, health insurance, university or the Australian Taxation Office.
- Set up a mail redirect—Australia Post offers a redirect service to forward any mail under your name to your new address for a certain period of time.
- Set up your new bill payments—You can set up recurring payments for rent on most online banking platforms and set up automatic direct debit payments to pay bills.
With these kinds of duties taken care of, you can spend more time getting to know your housemates and enjoying your new life away from home.
Save money through smart banking
There are ways to set up your banking to make the most of your money:
- Save on bank fees—Set up an everyday bank account that has no fees, free access to check your balance and no minimum deposits.
- Pay off any debts that have interest on time—Make it a priority to pay off credit cards or any debt with high interest rates, so you can avoid excess charges.
- Set up your automatic direct debit payments—Follow instructions on your bills to set up automatic payments to avoid late fees.
- Make savings a part of your monthly budget—Make sure your budget includes an amount that you put away into a high-interest savings account.
To stay focused on saving, it helps to have a goal in mind.
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