How to de-stress your next house move

11th September 2023
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Relocating to a new home—those four words can send shivers of apprehension down anyone's spine. Widely acknowledged as one of life's most stress-inducing experiences, alongside the loss of a loved one or a divorce, moving residence is certainly not a joyous occasion.


People move for various reasons, and not all of them are reasons for celebration. While the process of moving can be trying and nerve-wracking, it's crucial to focus on the positives. Consider each move as a fresh start, an opportunity to declutter and begin anew. By adhering to a few straightforward steps, you can transform the move itself into a seamless and stress-free endeavor.


So, where should you commence?

  1. Select a date – and attempt to adhere to it, but keep in mind that in the current environment, flexibility may be necessary.  Anticipating and planning for the worst-case scenario will help you avoid excessive frustration if things don't proceed as planned. Additionally, ensure that you keep essential items you'll need on a daily basis readily accessible, so you won't find yourself rummaging through boxes.


  1. Enlist the services of a professional removal team – granted, this will incur additional costs compared to handling the move independently. However, the time and effort a skilled removal team can save you should not be underestimated. A proficient removal team will alleviate the stress and physical strain of moving day, allowing you to focus on unpacking and settling into your new home.


  1. Lists, lists, and more lists – maintaining composure during your move hinges on staying organized. Create clear and concise lists outlining precisely what tasks need to be completed and when. Writing things down can help clear your mind and ensure that nothing is overlooked.


  1. Streamline your possessions and pack strategically – commence packing well in advance. With ample time at your disposal, you can carefully evaluate your belongings and take the opportunity to declutter—there's no sense in packing unnecessary items! It's imperative to label your boxes clearly, indicating the room where they belong (e.g., living room, bedroom, kitchen). Additionally, consider implementing an additional coding system, such as marking boxes with a "1" for items required in the first few days, a "2" for items needed in the first month, and a "3" for items that are part of your home but not urgently necessary, like old books and photo albums. If you encounter a box labeled "4," it might be time for further decluttering.


  1. Handle administrative tasks – promptly inform utility companies of your move, arrange for mail redirection, and check these items off your to-do list as soon as possible to reduce your mental load. Don't forget to register with a new doctor and dentist, and inform your current healthcare providers that you're relocating.


  1. Assemble a moving day survival kit – prepare a selection of essential items such as basic tools, soap, toilet paper, a kettle (complete with tea bags, milk, and biscuits, of course!), your phone charger, cleaning supplies, and trash bags. These essentials will ensure a more relaxed moving-in day.

Facing a daunting move to your dream home? Consider calling a local estate agent. They bring invaluable expertise, personal attention, and a deep understanding of the housing market. With their help, you'll navigate the real estate process with ease. Don't let fear hold you back – reach out to a face-to-face estate agent today. They'll be your trusted partner in finding the perfect home and making your dream a reality. Make that call, and start your stress-free journey to your new house.

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