Having a new home is fun, but the process of moving from your old one to the next is anything but. Here are my five top tips on how to keep the stress levels down.
- Start Preparation Early
The earlier you start your moving preparation, the easier the whole process will be. No one wants to be rushing around doing hundreds of things at the same time they’ve uprooted all of the possessions in your home. It’s a difficult time, so starting early makes it that little bit easier to manage.
The next point reinforces why you need to start early. One of the most important factors to consider is that you don’t know what might crop up between now and the move. It’s better to cover these tasks early, rather than let them mount up.
- Make a Checklist
It’s a time when you have so many tasks to complete that it’s difficult to remember all of them. Things like booking a removal van may seem obvious, but you may forget to redirect your post until much later down the line. By making a checklist several weeks in advance, you’re setting yourself up for a much smoother move, and you can be more certain that you’ve actually done all the essential actions before you arrive at your new home.
There are lots of moving checklists online that will help guide on how much time you need to give yourself, how important certain tasks are, and remind you of the common things that you’re likely to overlook.
The chances are that you have loads of clothes in your home that you just don’t use. There are probably loads of DVDs and CDs in your home that you haven’t played in years. There are various ways to get rid of your excess. Whether you use eBay, Ziffit, Freecycle or head to a charity shop.
The less possessions you have in your home, the quicker the move will be and the cheaper it will be. It’s another measure to make the process more manageable.
- Buy Protection Materials
On your first night in your new home, the majority of your stuff won’t be as you want it. The rooms will be a mess, you won’t know where some of your clothes are, and you’ll generally be unorganised. Just make sure that everything gets there safely.
Get plenty of bubble wrap, cardboard and newspaper to ensure that things are as protected as possible. Also if you want to have a good first night sleep, the best way to do that is to invest in a high quality mattress bag, as this will keep your mattress clean and dry throughout the moving process.
- Get Help
Moving takes a lot of effort. It’s overwhelming and no one really enjoys doing it. One of the best ways to ease the load on yourself is to get some help. Whether you get movers or ask friends and family to do the heavy lifting, get whoever you can to assist you.