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If you're moving into your first home, whether you're buying or renting, there are some things you'll need to do in order to plan the move. Find out everything you need to know about renting, buying and moving into your first home.

1. Should You Buy or Rent?

When moving to another country, another state or even another city, one decision you'll have to make is if you should rent or buy a new home. Often, renting is clearly the better option simply because of the cost and possibly the length of stay. However, if feasible home ownership is an opportunity to not only secure a potential investment, but it also makes you feel a little more at home in your new neighborhood.

2. Prepare Financially to Move into Your First Home

I've received several emails from readers who are striking out on their own for the first time. This is so exciting; finding your first apartment or house, signing your first rent check or mortgage and getting your very own house keys. While this can be a lot of fun, it's also a very stressful time: moving out on your own takes money. So, to help anyone who's making this exciting leap, check out this article on taking the first step. Once you've followed the key ingredients in setting up your moving and household finances, you'll be ready to call up your friends to help you pack and load that moving van.

3. Questions to Ask When Moving Into Your First Home

If you're planning on moving away from home for the first time and will be renting or buying your first home, then there are some things you need to do before you sign the lease or the mortgage. Find out how to prepare to move into your first home so you're not walking into the adventure unprepared.

4. How to Rent Your First Apartment

Every time we moved, it was usually myself (alone) looking for our next home. It was always difficult, not having anyone else's input, not knowing if my husband would like it or if our couch would fit through the front door. Over the years, I've created what I like to call an Apartment Hunting Toolkit that I now use whenever we're looking for a new home - to buy or rent. I just don't leave home without it!

So, for all you house hunters out there, find out how to ensure you're search is both effective and efficient with this toolkit.

5. Tips for Buying a New Home

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Buying a new home can be a lot of fun and challenging, too, especially if you have a short time within which to purchase or if you're buying in another city or another country. Use these tips as a guide to help you buy a new home.

6. How to Stock Your First Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. And when it comes to moving, it is the most difficult room to stock, in particular if this is your first kitchen. Often it takes months and sometimes longer to figure out what you need, including essential items and even when you do, how do you know how much you'll need? Is it better to buy a dish set for four or six? Which pots are essential for preparing daily meals? These questions and more are addressed and answered in this guide to stocking your very first kitchen.

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