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Essential Moving Home Guide for Young People

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Moving from your childhood home is always an exciting but stressful time. For the first time, you’re experiencing the freedom of being an adult. And, you don’t have to follow the old rules anymore. Unfortunately, our schools don’t prepare people very well for this change. And, this leaves a lot of young people at a loss when it comes to moving in. Of course, you have to find a place to live. But, once you’ve done that; everything gets a little more complicated. Running a home takes a lot of work. And, you’ll start to see it straight away. This work is worth it, though. And, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the key areas that you’ll have to consider.

 

Local Taxes

Wherever you live in the world, you’ll have to pay local taxes. This money goes to maintaining the local area and funding things like schools. So, without it, life would be very difficult for a lot of people. This makes it especially important that you make sure that you’re paying these sorts of taxes; if you’re supposed to. In most places, being a full-time student will mean that you’re exempt from taxation. Otherwise, you have to declare that you need to be paying. These bills will usually be based on the value and location of your new home. So, they will vary. You can usually save some money with this sort of tax if you’re the only person living in the property. Always make sure that you pay these taxes to avoid large fines in the future.

Energy

Getting energy suppliers sorted out can be a little more challenging than sorting out your taxes. When you first move in, you need to take a meter reading. This can be done by reading the numbers from the meters in the new home. These will vary depending on the type of fuel that you use. So, you may have to look up how to take a reading from the meters that you have. Once you have this reading, you can wait a little while. During this time, you will be using the same supplier that the previous resident used. Once the dust has settled, and you’re not too busy anymore; you can start looking at other suppliers.

Finding the best energy suppliers is usually a matter of looking into several different aspects of their services. There will be no easy answer as to which will be the cheapest. Instead, it has to be based on your living arrangements. For example, if you’re out of the house for a lot of the time, the unit price may not matter to you. Instead, you’d care about the standing charge because that’s what you’d be paying the most. To find the best deals, you have to compare energy prices from as many companies as possible. Once you have a company in mind, you need to give them a call. Explain that you’re in a new home with the old meter readings. And, they’ll help you through the rest. This job can seem daunting when you’re first getting started. But, in reality, it’s nice and easy once you’ve done it a couple of times.

Internet

Most people will find it very hard to live without the Internet when they move into their new home. If you want to be connected when you move in, then this utility takes a little more planning. These sorts of services will usually take a couple of weeks after you’ve ordered them to kick in. So, it’s best to start looking long before the move. When looking at Internet options, it’s easy to simply go for the very fastest package. But, if you’re living on your own; this will be far too expensive to justify. Instead, it’s better to look at slower deals. You won’t need to have maximum speed when you’re on your own. Even the lowest speed networks are good enough for gaming and streaming, nowadays. So, this area can be very easy to save money in; you just have to shop for the right bargains. There may already be an ISP serving the building when you get there. In most cases, you should cancel this as soon as possible. The contract won’t be in your name, even if you’re paying.

Inventory

This is an area that a lot of landlords fail to handle correctly. But, an inventory is a legally binding document. So, it’s very important that it’s done right. You should never sign an inventory that was taken without your presence. And, you should make sure that the landlord actually bothers to do this with you. The inventory protects both you and the landlord. It acts as evidence for the items and condition of the home when you moved in. For example, there may be some stains on the carpets when you get there. When you move out, the landlord could insist that the stains are new and that you have to pay for them. Having them detailed in the inventory however would make it impossible for the landlord to request money.

Contract

Along with a solid inventory, it’s important to remember to have a contract in place as well. Some landlords will try to handle the situation without any formal paperwork. But, this leaves you both in a bad position. If they decide to kick you out, you might not have any way to fight it. But, they also might not have a way to legally kick you out. Having a contract stops issues like this. And, it will make it much more official. If your new landlord is hesitant about this, you can always offer to help them find a contract template to use. This will give you both plenty of security — something you may be thankful for in the future.

Hopefully, this has given you the leg-up you needed to make a smooth home move. These things can be difficult the first time round. And, a lot of people end up making mistakes. But, there are no mistakes here that cannot be corrected. You just have to realise what they are before someone else does. Good luck!