After spending much of your time searching for your dream property and organising mortgage agreements, you might think the moving process would be a doddle. However, this isn’t necessarily the case, as it can be a rather stressful experience. Yet, moving into a new home doesn’t need to be overwhelming, as there are actions you can take to make the process more enjoyable. To look back on this time with fondness, read my guide to a stress-free move.
Create a Moving Checklist
Ensure you never forget an action or item by creating a detailed moving checklist, which you should start before the movers arrive to transport your belongings into your new home. You also should list the actions by priority, so you can take some of the pressure off your shoulders, such as:
- Notifying utility companies of your moving date
- De-registering from your dentist, doctor or optician
- Notifying your milkman or newspaper delivery service
- Arranging for your post to be redirected at Royal Mail
- Booking furniture deliveries and carpet fitters
Never leave it until last minute to pack your belongings. If possible, aim to pack up several weeks before your moving day. It can prevent you from rushing to bubble wrap your items and squeezing them into boxes. Plus, you’ll have plenty of time to purge any belongings you no longer use, so you will only add essential items into your new home, which could provide you with a fresh start.
Hire a Vehicle
If you don’t want the pressure of moving your belongings out of your home in one day, you should skip the movers and hire a vehicle instead. It will allow you to move your belongings over a period of a few days, which can decrease your stress levels and help you to slowly adjust to your new home. Don’t forget to secure short term insurance for motorists, as there are policies available for a day, a weekend, a week or a month.
Identify Your Furniture Locations
Before you officially move into your new home, you should identify the locations for your different pieces of furniture, such as your:
It will prevent you from scratching your head about where to place your furniture once you move in and you’ll feel quickly at home.
Take Regular Breaks
Reduce your stress levels and take some of the weight off your feet by taking regular breaks. For example, make yourself a cup of tea once all the boxes are in your new home before you start unpacking.
You also should make time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can provide you with the energy and motivation you need to clean your home and add your belongings into cabinets, shelving, drawers and storage baskets.
The moving process can be tiring. After a busy day of loading boxes into a van and unpacking them at your new address, all you might want to do is throw yourself on the sofa to relax and unwind. It is, therefore, important to reward yourself for all your hard work after a busy day.
For example, the thought of a takeaway with your family or a glass of bubbly with your other half could provide the energy you need to empty your boxes and clean rooms in your new home.
What would you add to my guide to a stress-free move?