There's no right or wrong time to leave home and move into your own place—there's simply the time when it's right for you, although this right time is becoming somewhat later in life than it used to be, with many Australians opting to stay at home for longer. You probably have an idea of what to expect when you move house for the first time, but there is something exciting (and perhaps a little bit daunting) about your first solo relocation, such as the thought of all those rooms that need to be filled.
Probably Not Yours
Cast your eyes across the various rooms of your family home. See all that furniture? It's probably not yours. Perhaps one of the most jarring aspects of leaving home and moving into your own place is the realisation that you will need to fill the rooms of your new home. You likely already knew this, but it can still be a surprise when you realise that the only existing furniture you'll be taking will be the contents of your bedroom. If you're moving in with a housemate, you need to discuss just who will take care of any furniture required for the common areas. It's better that one person purchases an item in its entirety, with the overall amount spent on everything required being evenly (or as evenly as possible) dispersed across all housemates. This makes it easier to know who owns what when one of you opts to move on.
In terms of the costs involved in setting up a new home, you might end up staggering your expenses—buying what you need in bits and pieces, beginning well before you end up moving in. Be sure to leave everything in its original packaging. This is designed to give it adequate protection during transit, and your chosen household removalist company can simply load these items onto the truck as is, along with the existing items you're bringing from home. Just remember to book a removalist truck that's big enough. Its capacity might be tested if you unexpectedly buy additional bulky items after you make the initial booking.
In the Weeks to Come
It's unlikely that you'll be able to afford absolutely everything you'll need before you move in (even with a loan from the bank of mum and dad), but you should at least have the basics. Everything else can be acquired in the weeks to come, as your finances allow. Please budget for delivery and assembly when it comes to new furniture, as this is going to save a lot of hassle.
One hand it can be daunting to have to buy all the necessary furniture for your new home, but on the other hand, it can be quite a lot of fun.
Contact a household removalist service for help transporting your things into your new place.