They say that one of the most stressful things a person can do is move home. It’s a major life upheaval, and can be pretty exhausting from start to finish.
However, there are a number of ways that you can make your life easier during the process.
First up, stop trying to keep everything in your head. Unless moving house is the only thing that is currently going on in your life, you’ll tire yourself out before you’ve begun! Make lists of all the different tasks you can do. The first list should be for admin tasks and things to do with your estate agent and buyer. You can then make more lists for each room in the house, and what you need to do. Then, once you’ve compiled all of the lists, prioritize. Some jobs will become more expensive the longer you put them off, so add these to the top of the list too.
Once you’re to do lists are done, make a budget plan. You probably won’t be able to stick to it, but having an idea of how much money you might spend could be handy. By seeing the different costs written down, you might be able to see clearer where you can save money. You might notice a certain figure next to something and think; “Wait, I can definitely get that for cheaper!” Having a house moving budget will also keep on track, and prevent you from spending money unnecessarily.
Next up is getting help from outside sources. No, we’re not talking about your estate agent! Let your family and closest friends know that you are moving house. Before you even need to ask, they’ll probably offer a helping hand. If they do, take them up on the offer. You would do the same for you. Arrange an afternoon for a few of them to come over and help you pack things into boxes. If you lay on some snacks and a couple of beers or bottles of wine, they won’t mind at all. Play some music or have the TV on in the background, and it will make a kind of party atmosphere.
During the house move period, your current house will descend into chaos. There is pretty much no way around this. But what you can do is reduce the amount of chaos you’re faced with. One method to ease up the process a little is to use a storage company, like Space Maker. Pick a company that offers self-storage. Once again, this reduces levels of stress, because you can access your space whenever you want. You also aren’t at the mercy of extra charges every time you need to go and get something. Pick a storage center close to either your new or old home, to save travel time.
Soon enough, the time to actually move house will approach. For this to be less stressful, you’re going to need the right size of transport. The last thing you want is finding out that you can’t fit all of your items into the van! When it comes to getting quotes, they will ask you how much you have that needs transporting. It can be tempting to say less than you have, in the hope that it will lead to a lower price. However, you then run the risk of not fitting everything. In the long run, this is going to cost even more. Your transportation company might not have the time to do more than one trip, and even if they do this will be a real hassle.
Here is another suggestion. If you can swing it, book the days leading up the move, and the days immediately preceding off work. This will give you a lot more time to deal with things. It will also mean less stress. Dealing with work responsibilities alongside house move responsibilities could lead to a bit of a meltdown! If you are moving with a partner, ask them to get time off too. If you have children, you might want to hire a childminder. Or, consider whether or not you have friends or family who can look after them for a few days. Moving house is hectic enough without needing to think about changing nappies or feeding hungry mouths.
Throughout the process, it’s really important to keep your eye on the prize. Let it slip and you will start to wonder if selling your home and buying a new one was worth it. Something as simple of keeping a photograph of your new house can help. When things start to get too much, take yourself to one side and get it out. Remember that once this is all over you’ll be settled into your new home.