Decreasing Stress While Moving House: A Checklist
Sometimes re-designing a house isn’t the solution. There are those times when the perfect house comes up for sale – the right price, location, timing. When things align, it’s time to movie into your amazing new home. However, moving house is no easy task, people always find themselves under a great deal of stress when they are faced with the prospect of packing up one house (or apartment) and moving to another. This stress is natural; after all, the entire process includes sorting through, organising, packing and transporting not only their household items but themselves from one location to the next… so how can this be made less intimidating? While not 100% comprehensive, the following is a list of things that individuals should consider when moving in order to make moving house less stressful and more exciting.
First, think about small details. This may change depending on the amount of stuff that is being moved and the size of the destination home, but when moving, people should always consider what comes next. Many people find that packing in an organised manner helps much more than doing things haphazardly.
Organise boxes in levels – first, by separating items into groups based on the people that own or will use them, then by level of the home and finally by room. For example, two children may pack items in the same box or carton if they will end up in a common location like a bathroom… but this smaller box may be packed into a larger box with a different label (main floor, basement, etc.). This separation and classification will help people as they unpack, and can even make it possible for anyone that is trying to help to know exactly where things go. Even if people do not choose to break things down into these stages, labelling things as they are packed is essential.
Pack in stages. Moving house is a large undertaking that cannot be done overnight or at the last minute. While packing, start by putting things away that won’t be used immediately, or are only used during certain times of the year (holiday decorations, clothing for different seasons, games and movies, “extras” like pots, pans, cups or kitchenware), and then move on to the other items in the home. As the time comes closer to actually move, many people will find that their needs change and they can slowly pack away more and more so that all that is left at the end are the essentials, which can be moved in the last trip or trips. This also gives people a chance to go through all of their things and sort out what will be taken – and what can be donated or thrown away. In addition, by taking the time to pack, people can even identify needs for their new homes and begin to decide how they will organise what they already own once it has been moved.
Packing and organising the home and the items within it are not the only things that people need to worry about. There are small details that also need to be addressed throughout the moving process. These will differ for families and individuals, but it is extremely important to think about them before getting too far into the house removals and reestablishment process. Considering things like changing the mailing and billing addresses for all members of the family, updating driver’s licenses and insurance policies, establishing utilities, registering for school or to vote and even changing routines when it comes to getting to and from work are all things to think about. Each individual will have different needs and requirements, so plan accordingly. The more prepared people are, the better.
As the time gets closer and closer to the actual moving date, many people will become overwhelmed with all of the small details and wonder if they are forgetting anything, which is completely natural.
Luckily for those that will be moving, there is plenty of professional help available. House removal companies are available to help people with all of their needs from packing, unpacking, organising, transporting and even setting up the new home, which can be a load off of many people’s minds. When people move, they want their experience to be as hassle free as possible, and the fact that they know there are reliable individuals and companies available to help them can help to do just this. Having people of this nature around to help can also ensure that new homeowners can focus on the smaller details and leave the bigger ones to the pros – effectively pulling their attention in fewer directions at once.
Moving into a new home is traditionally an exciting time in people’s lives, and the more stress or worry they have, the less this is true. Finding ways to mitigate stress is essential to making the process of moving house easier and more approachable. The best possible advice is to take things in steps, making things simpler to manage and and approaching them in a way that makes sense for each unique situation. Those that are upgrading or moving to a larger home will have different concerns and issues than someone that needs to downsize, making the process of moving a simple time management activity. Leaving enough time to thoroughly go through all of the necessary steps may seem like common sense, but as people worry more and more about the small stuff, this can be easily overlooked.