While there’s a lot to celebrate about finding your dream home, there’s no denying that moving is stressful. After all, there are simply so many things that could go wrong during the process – from contracts falling through to going over budget. The money you’ve spent on boxes and trucks and the realtor and their commission for buying a house in the first place is a lot! You have to consider all aspects of your finances before you start packing your house. There is so much to consider and it all feels overwhelming, right?
Fortunately, however, proper planning can help you to keep your stress levels to a minimum. This means you can feel excited about the big move instead of dreading it.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to ‘unpack’ the stress of moving.
Get your finances in order.
Whether you’re buying or renting a property, you must have got your finances in order ahead of time. After all, this is the only real way to ensure you remain within budget and do not land yourself in a difficult financial situation further down the line.
Remember, it’s better to take your time and move when you’ve got enough money to do so than rush the process – as this could lead to debt and other financial struggles. Furthemore, in these cases, you can work with a personal savings expert to learn more about budgeting to move house.
Stage your home for a quick sale.
Selling your current home quickly can reduce stress when moving, especially if you need the money from the sale to purchase your new home. One way in which you can achieve this goal is by ensuring that you stage your home correctly before potential viewings. Remember, you’re supposed to give potential buyers a tour of their new home – not yours. By removing personal artefacts and clutter, you’re presenting them with a blank canvas they could decorate as they see fit, making it easier for them to picture themselves living there.
Declutter before packing.
Packing for a holiday is fun. Packing to move home is not. After all, you have to pack your entire life into a few boxes, which can be both stressful and time-consuming. However, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy by
decluttering your home ahead of time. After all, there’s no use bringing something with you that you haven’t used in years. Not only that, but it will also take up space in your moving van, meaning the entire process could become more costly, too.
As such, when you begin to pack, think carefully about every item you come across. If you no longer need or use it, it’s time to part ways.
Forward your mail.
While you may be quick to tell friends and family that you are moving house, many people forget to inform other parties of their move – such as banks, subscription services and more. In doing so, you could be missing out on important correspondence or orders. As such, you should ensure that you reach out to these places sooner rather than later – after all, the new owners of your property would likely get annoyed if they receive your mail constantly. You should also arrange for any mail to be forwarded to your new address.