Moving house is one of the most stressful things a person can do in their life. And while it might not be possible to remove all of the stress involved in the process, there are plenty of ways to reduce the worries, time pressures, and sleepless nights that are often associated with the whole affair.
In this article we’ll give you some tips to show you how the right preparation and planning can make the whole process go by much easier.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
This is one of the most obvious and yet most disregarded tips, not just for moving house, but for all sorts of big life projects. There are so many aspects to relocating, such as packing, arranging removals companies or transportation, redirecting post, dealing with the legal aspects, and on and on.
There are only so many hours in the day, and most of them are already taken up, so it’s important to start early so you don’t have to rush and forget items on your checklist. Which leads on to…
Make a Checklist For All Your Tasks
It’s so much easier to begin on a task when it’s broken down into smaller chunks, and that is where a checklist can help.
Create a list of all the small tasks that need to be done. You can even break some of these down into smaller tasks. A task like ‘pack up the house’ is possibly a bit too large. You could break this into smaller tasks like ‘pack up the spare room’.
Another tip for your checklists is to make tasks actionable. ‘Prep for house move’ is too vague and you won’t won’t feel inclined to check it off, as you won’t have a clear idea of what you need to do to check it off.
For the majority of people moving house is not something that is easily achievable without help. Often you can rope in friends or family members to help with certain aspects of the move. Friends and family might be able to help out with the packing and transporting boxes and furniture. However, if you have the money then professional movers are often worth it, as the job will be done quicker and with less chance of damage to your items.
Take Plenty of Breaks
This applies to the whole process of moving house, as well as to the moving day itself. Part of giving yourself enough time to move involves giving yourself breaks from the job to rewind and destress.
Moving day can be a physically demanding time, and breaks will be needed to remove some of the strain from your body.
Use Self Storage
There are so many benefits to using self storage during a house move. It can remove so much stress from the whole process.
One of the main benefits comes from the extra time it gives you during the process. You don’t have to move all your belongings at one time, you can store some of them and come back to them at a later time.
It can also make the packing process a lot simpler, as you can move your boxes into self storage as and when you’ve packed them. This means you clear out space in your house and you don’t have to try to live around the mess of all your belongings strewn in boxes all over the floor.
Another benefit is for furniture that you don’t have space for in the new house. You can store this furniture in self storage while you figure out what to do with it. If you’re planning on selling it, you can also leave it in self storage while you wait for the right person to come along with the right price.
I hope you’re convinced now that moving house doesn’t have to be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. With the right preparation and planning you can make the process go much smoother.