How to Make Moving Day Less Stressful


Excited to finally move house? Great!

It’s true that this experience can be stimulating especially for first-timers. However, it’s also true that it can be daunting and stressful even if you’ve done it a couple of times already. In fact, moving home is more stressful than getting divorced.

You’re probably wondering how something as straightforward as moving to a new home can be more stressful than a complicated process such as divorce. Here are a few interesting facts about moving that may somehow lessen your stress, knowing that you’re not alone.

Moving home tips

Aside from the fact that it takes time to move, there’s many things that you have to prepare and organise. Things even get more difficult if you have to balance the task at hand with your job and other duties.

Lucky for you, this day can be as easy and stress-free as you want it to be. It’s all about the right preparations. What you do before and during the transition can significantly affect how things will turn out.

The following moving tips should prove very useful for making it a stress-free process.

Be healthy

Your body and mind should be on the top of their game when you move. After all, you will not be able to function well and make wise decisions if you’re unhealthy. So before the actual day, make sure that you eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. And remember that it’s not only because you’re moving that you need to be healthy — you should be making these choices every day.

Everything should be done in advance

Whenever possible, do anything you can ahead of time. Aside from packing your stuff, tasks like changing bills, council tax, insurance, TV licences, etc., should be done as soon as you’ve exchanged contracts. Waiting until moving day will bring you nothing but a headache and stress.

Inform the utility companies (gas, electricity, water, and phone/broadband) when your moving date is so they can discontinue your services. At the same time, don’t forget to give them your new address where the final bills should be going to.

Tip: Take pictures of meter readings as copies so you can verify that the amounts on your final bills are correct. This should also be done with your new home so you won’t pay more than what you’re supposed to.

Take a few days off

It wouldn’t hurt to take few days off from work to move into your new house if you think it’s necessary. You’ve already got your hands full with so many things, and it will only get tougher when you have to deal with deadlines at work, meetings, presentations, and a whole lot more.

Get organised

Your organisation skills will play a big role in how successful your move will be. A to-do-list will greatly help in keeping things organised and under control. Your list should include things that need to be done together with deadlines.

Don’t forget to put a note or check the line items that are already done. Otherwise, there’s a big chance that you’ll be doing things all over again. Plus, ticking things off your list will be incredibly satisfying!

Pack things wisely

You don’t necessarily have to pack everything in a day. If you’re also busy at work, you can take it one step at a time. A few weeks before your moving day, you can start packing things every weekend if that works better for you.

And when you do, do it in an organised manner. That means you have to put your belongings in separate boxes and label them accordingly. This will ensure that you won’t lose anything and it will also be a lot easier for you to unpack since you know where to locate specific items.

Your important documents such as passports, birth certificates, driving licences, etc. should be in one box. These are very important papers that you don’t want to get lost when you move. You can also scan and save electronic copies of these documents in your computer should the worst thing happen.

Have a separate box of ‘essentials’ for your first night

The chances are high that you’ll be so tired at the end of your moving day that you’d just want to go to bed. Having a specific box that contains what you and your family needs (clothes, towels, bedding, toiletries, bottles of water, snacks, phone chargers, etc.) means you don’t have to rummage through all the other boxes.

Do this, and you don’t have to stress yourself out even further when all you want is to rest. You can do the unpacking the next day but make sure everyone is comfy and gets a good night sleep.

Clean as you go

You’re probably excited to move into your new home finally. But don’t forget about the new residents moving into the home which was once yours. As you pack things away and move furniture room by room, make it a habit to clean as you go.

It’s a must that you leave your old house clean for the next residents. Besides, you also don’t want to spend more time blitz-cleaning through the whole house on your moving day. If you don’t have the time to do this at all, it’s best to seek the services of a professional cleaning company — they’ll be more than willing to do this for you.

Get some help

Be it your friends or relatives, having people to assist you on this day will lighten the load. Another nice thing about doing so is that it can turn moving day into a social event by celebrating at the end of the day. Eat out, have a few drinks at your new place — it’s up to you.

If no one is available, you can hire a removal company to help you with moving, especially those big, bulky, and heavy furniture.

Be flexible

Have a backup plan for everything. No matter how well-prepared you are, things can still go wrong, and changes will happen sometimes. Accept this reality and move forward.

One way of being flexible when moving home is by starting early. Doing so means that you’ll finish early if things go well. If it doesn’t, you’ll have plenty of time to make adjustments.

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