Most people will agree that moving house can be one of the most stressful things in life.
Yes, there’s usually lots to organise, and sadly too often, not enough time to do it. Especially when you’re rushed, things tend to go wrong.
For instance, the dreaded buying chain collapses at the last minute, the removal van comes on the wrong day or the cat disappears as you’re about to drive off.
Moving house is not for the faint-hearted.
But, the good news is there are few simple yet effective strategies to help you make it less stressful.
Agree a Budget
Before you do anything, sit down and carefully cost out your expected expenditure and agree to a budget. Things to include in your calculation are:
- Cost of packing boxes
- Storage fees
- Removal van hire
- Professional Cleaning costs
- Temporary accommodation/hotel costs if the property you are moving into is not ready when you have to move out
Make sure you have enough to cover the cost of your household bills and living costs throughout the process. Set aside an emergency pot in case anything gets broken or damaged during the move e.g. white goods.
Create a plan
Stress is packing whilst the removal van parks in your driveway. If you want to avoid last-minute blood pressure spikes, put a plan together beforehand to help you keep on track.
Map out key dates and milestones for each stage of the move. And, remember to give yourself extra time, because packing always takes longer than you think.
To stay focused, decide beforehand which areas you are going to pack-up first, and in what order. For instance, start by packing non-essentials, and then as the moving day draws closer, pack more frequently used items.
Always, order more packing boxes, tape, and labels than you think you might need. And, don’t forget to buy sturdy boxes as after all, these will be carrying your treasured possessions.
Moving house is the best time to get rid of unwanted items. But, the longer you’ve lived somewhere, the more clutter you’ve probably accumulated (and if you have kids there’s even more).
But, don’t feel daunted by the idea of decluttering. It doesn’t have to be painful but rather quite cathartic and freeing. And, a great thing to do before you start a fresh chapter.
If you need some decluttering inspiration, here are a few ideas:
- The 10-minute sweep — this is a great way to get rid of superficial clutter. Take a bag, set the timer and go around your home chucking out empty shower gel bottles, old magazines and newspapers, old clothes, and shoes.
- The 12 Month Rule — take each item and ask yourself ‘Have I looked at this or used at least once in the last 12-months?’ If the (honest) answer is no, chuck it.
Make time for yourself
Moving house is hard work and can be very tiring. Don’t over-stretch yourself and end up exhausted and unable to do anything. Throughout the packing period make sure to take regular breaks. Take a walk outside, eat healthy food, meet a friend for a coffee, read a book or listen to music.
By allowing yourself some time to relax, you will feel far more refreshed and better able to deal with any hiccups you encounter.
Don’t do it alone. If you have friends or family close-by, don’t hesitate to call in a few favours. Even if it’s just to pop to the shops for you or to entertain the kids for an hour as you clear-up. Any little bit helps.
But, if this still sounds too stressful, why not embrace a more modern approach?
Services like House Buy Fast can manage contracts and costs on your behalf — leaving you free to focus on planning life in your new home.