Do you have a house move coming up? While there is a lot to look forward to when moving home, you will also find that it can be incredibly stressful and will impact all areas of your life for the duration. There is the actual physical process of moving, which is both stressful and demanding, but it can also be an emotionally draining time, particularly as it can take a while to settle into a new home. Though moving home will always be stressful, you will find that there are a few tips to keep in mind that should make the move less stressful and hopefully allow for a smoother transition. Keep reading to find out more.
1. Start Planning Once You Know the Dates
The first step is to simply begin planning when you know what your moving dates are. It can take a long time to get everything in place for the move, so you want to get started as early as possible to give yourself enough time. Once you have confirmed your moving dates, you can work out what tasks need to be completed, and by when, and create a schedule for yourself to follow to allow plenty of time to get everything done.
2. Purchase High-Quality Packing Materials
You don’t want to pack up all of your important possessions into boxes that have no structural integrity. You want to make sure that you have high-quality packing materials that will secure all of your worldly possessions. This will include boxes, bubble wrap, tape and labels.
3. Start Packing Early
It is always surprising just how long it takes to get packed up, which is why you should start early. You can start packing up the items that you will not need to use early on, including items from the attic, basement and/or shed. You can then leave the things that you use daily, such as kitchenware, bedding and toiletries, until the last minute to avoid feeling rushed.
4. Create an Inventory
Life can feel chaotic and out of control when you start packing up all of your possessions. You will not want to lose anything and in an ideal world you will know where everything is when you move in. The best way to attempt to know where everything is to create an inventory, on a spreadsheet, of what is in every box and to label your boxes. This will make it much easier when it comes to unpacking and should help you to notice if you lose anything during the move.
5. Make Plans for Large & Difficult Items
Moving a bunch of boxes from A to B is not too tricky, but it is the large, awkward and bulky items that cause the most stress. This is why you need to make plans for any difficult items that you have in advance. You could arrange large item delivery by finding a reliable shipping company online that will be able to handle the transportation of furniture and other items from A to B. You can compare large-item shipping options online so that you can find a good deal and a company that specializes in the movement of large items.
6. Ask For Help
You should also not shy away from asking for help from friends and family. Moving is a major undertaking, so it is always helpful to have a spare pair of hands or two. Additionally, having friends and family can make the day more enjoyable and less stressful. Even if they cannot help with carrying boxes or furniture, they may be able to help by looking after the kids and/or a pet or staying at one house while you travel back to the other.
7. Pack a Moving Day Kit
For the moving day itself, it is important that you have a bag with the essentials that you will need throughout the day. This will include things like:
Keys and paperwork
Water and snacks
8. Unpack the Essentials First
Once you have moved everything into your new home, it can be hard to know where to start. It is likely that you will feel tired after moving, but it is important that you focus on the essentials first. At the very least, you should get your bed set up so that you can enjoy a good night’s sleep in your new home and then start fresh the next day.
Hopefully, the advice in this post will make moving home less stressful and allow for a smooth move. Moving home is a massive task and it will always cause some stress, but there are things that you can do to reduce this stress that should help. When you can reduce stress, you can focus on the positive things about moving home and get excited about getting settled in your new home.