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22nd Nov 2023

5 things I wish I knew before moving out of my parents’ house


Brought to you by Gas Networks Ireland

From knowing your neighbours to the value of a Big Shop, here’s what we wish we knew.

While we may relish in the comfort of a fully stocked pantry, there comes a time in every young person’s life to step out on their own and embrace independence.

Sure, living with our parents may come with a lot of luxury (who are we to pass on having our laundry done for us?) but we’ve all got to fly the nest at some point, and that brings with it some new responsibilities.

If you’re planning on shipping out, we’ve teamed up with Gas Networks Ireland to bring you five things you need to be aware of as you transition to living on your own.

1. Need work done on gas appliances? You must use a Registered Gas Installer

It is the law to use Registered Gas Installer (RGI) if, and when, there is anything you need done that involves gas in your home. It doesn’t matter how competent your dad or your mate may seem, if they’re not a Registered Gas Installer, they shouldn’t go anywhere near your gas appliances. Remember, it is not only illegal but dangerous for non-registered gas installers to work with your appliances or pipework. Don’t risk losing everything – find a RGI on

2. There’s something to be said for a big shop

Plan ahead, budget realistically and make doing a big shop a priority each weekend. When your shelves are fully stocked and your fridge is loaded, you’ll be less likely to impulse buy.

3. Nothing is as satisfying as a deep clean

Your home is your home, and you deserve to take pride in it. Maintain it with regular deep cleans and stay on top of dust – it won’t clean itself!

4. You’ll need to stay on top of your bin schedule

Prepare to get fully invested in refuse collection, because you don’t want to deal with the burden of overflowing rubbish. Nightmare. Make sure you know your bin collection schedule. Surprisingly, they don’t wheel themselves out front. Remember what days the bins get collected and ensure you put out the right coloured bin.

5. It’s worthwhile to know your neighbours

Knock on your neighbour’s doors and introduce yourself. If there’s a WhatsApp group for your block, try get in on it. From lost parcels to local news, it’s always a good idea to be on good terms with your neighbours.

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