If you were to ask the majority of people what they would consider to be the most stressful day they could think of, moving home would be quite high on that list, somewhere after becoming a parent and getting married. Not being prepared, breakages, falling out with each other and various other issues can make it a nightmare day you will quickly want to forget.
It shouldn’t be that way though, and you can salvage the day so that you can have a stress-free move and concentrate on the good times you had in your old home, and look forward to a great future in your new house. Here are some top tips on how to have a moving day free from stress and anxiety:
Get Admin Out The Way
Your move day should be focussed on the physical act of moving boxes and home items, not on paying bills, waiting for money to be moved around, and changing bank addresses, etc. These should all be completed before the move day (the money going through is out of your control, sadly, but keep those fingers crossed) or in the days after you have moved. Write a to-do list and start ticking those admin jobs off as you complete them so you can concentrate on getting your belongings from A to B.
Pack in Advance
Throwing everything into random boxes as your moving van parks up is going to lead to major headaches, arguments and a world of hassle once you get to the new home, and if you’ve got friends and family members helping out, they won’t appreciate having to run around and help you do your last minute packing.
In the weeks leading up to the move, try to organize your home into what you are going to use in the lead-up to the move and what you’re not. Those items you’re not using can be boxed up and stashed away in a spare room or garage. You’ll soon realize as you get closer to the moving date that a lot of the work has been done, and there will be a lot less stress in the air when it’s time to fill your van.
Use a Moving Company
One of the best ways to free yourself from stress on your moving day is for you to relax and let somebody else do the work for you. Professional services such as the Suddath Moving Company are a great example of this. They can take care of each aspect of the move, from packing your goods, storing the larger items until you need them (which is great for when you want to do some work in the new home before larger items can get in the way), and delivering and unpacking your items.
Have Everything Labelled
Some people like to structure their move so that boxes and items can be taken straight off the van and into the rooms where they’re going to be. If you’re not as organized like this, you can still do yourself a huge favor by labeling all of your boxes, and on numerous sides so there isn’t any confusion on the other side.
Get a bold pen and write in big letters what is in the box, or where the box needs to go. You’ll save yourself a lot of time sorting through the boxes on the other side, and cut out an extremely monotonous task that nobody wants to do. You’ll also keep your stress levels down when you’re having a last-minute panic over where things are and whether certain items have been left behind.
Don’t Hold Onto Old Items
When you have started packing everything, you should put the boxes and items in areas where they are not going to be in the way or a hindrance to the move. Don’t hold onto items you no longer want and have boxes all over your home. Choose areas of the home that you aren’t using as much, such as conservatories, spare rooms, garages, etc. and stack them in a way where everything can be found easily, and are related to the rooms they will be going into on the other side. It’ll save you a lot of time unpacking in your new home.
Keep Your Important Things Close By
Losing a kettle or a lampshade for a while isn’t going to cause you a massive amount of stress, but your passport, bank details, and any other important items certainly will. With this in mind, buy yourself a folder (if you don’t have one already) and keep all your important documents in one place that can be kept close by when you move. You don’t want to be searching desperately for these items when you get to your new home.
Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful things you can do, whether you’re moving for the first time or the 21st time. However, with our handy tips, your house move will go smoothly and happily, meaning you start your new life in the right frame of mind.