Moving house is widely viewed as one of the most stressful things in life. Challenging both physically and mentally, it can have serious effects on your life. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. With a little planning and a clear head, you can make the whole process far smoother. Below we’ve listed eight pieces of advice which can ease you into your new surroundings.
Plan, Plan, Plan
During the weeks before your moving date, time needs to be used planning exactly how you will make your move. In addition to arranging transportation and buying boxes and other packing material, switching your broadband and other utilities also needs to be done. The best way to do this is with a list. It’s also worth noting that the less time you have for the actual move, the more organized you will need to be.
Consider the Cost
People often underestimate just how expensive moving house can be. From decorating to buying packaging, there are many hidden costs which will need to be paid. Part of your planning should involve a list of costs to give you an idea of how expensive it will be.
Plan For The Worst-Case Scenario
You should also make provisions to have a contingency budget in case of any unexpected problems. This can include making a list of potential ways to fund unforeseen costs such as places you can secure a financial loan if the need arises.
Take One Step At A Time
You may want to do everything as quick as possible but working smart is as important as working hard. Concentrating on one room at a time will ensure you cover every detail and prevent everything becoming one big mess. By focusing on individual rooms in your new home, you will also gain a sense of achievement for every room completed. This will also serve as motivation as you get one room closer to finishing.
Pack Survival Kits
Each person in your household should pack an overnight bag to make life more comfortable. This should include clean clothes, bathroom essentials and something comforting for any attempted times of relaxation. It’s also a great idea to pack something similar for the kitchen so you can have a drink and a snack at any given time.
Find A New Local Takeaway
Let’s be honest, you’re not going to cook on your first night in the new home, are you?
Pay Attention To Your Health
One of the most damaging effects of stress is on your health. To help prevent your body suffering the toll of a stressful move, ensure you take full care of yourself. This includes getting plenty of rest and sleep and not missing meals, especially over an extended period.
It’s very easy to become a control freak when rearranging all of your belongings. For some people, it can be hard to allow others to help you do even the simplest of tasks. If someone is able to assist you in striking a task off a long list of chores, it’s best to be thankful rather than struggle and not complete the list at all.