Moving house is one of the most stressful events that can occur in a person’s life, alongside getting married or losing a loved one. To help you during this time, we have compiled some tips to for stress management during your home move:
Get Organised and Have a Plan
To make the changes of moving home or selling or buying a property as stress-free as possible, you should establish a plan of action regarding your move and the days building up to it. Break your plans down into different lists, so you can tick off each completed task as you go. These lists could include the things you need to do to your current property before leaving it; sorting out what you want to pack and what can be thrown away or donated; people you need to inform of your move and essential things you need to do to your new property when you arrive, amongst other actions you need to take.
When you’re moving house, you will undoubtably lots of packing to do. To save on time, storage and even removal costs, set aside a few days to get organised and declutter your current property. This way, you won’t be taking any unwanted items with you when you move and you could potentially save or even make some money towards the costs.
Take Time Out
When you have a big life event going on, such as buying, selling or moving to a new property, it can be easy to get caught up in it and neglect other things, in order to focus on this one event. However, it is important to remember to take some time for yourself each day, to do something that doesn’t connect with your upcoming property changes.
Do something you enjoy, talk with a loved one, maybe go for a walk, read a book or get some rest. Remember that taking care of yourself is not procrastination but will in fact enable you to do a better job of carrying on with your tasks once you are well-rested. If you are still unsure of how to take care of yourself during this time, learn more on how to take care of your mental wellbeing from the NHS.
When you’re going through a big change in your life like this, you might worry that you would be bothering other people if you asked them to help, but it’s unlikely that this is true. Most friends and family members would probably be happy to help you out and be a part of this change in your life. However, there are also professionals you can hire too.
Look into hiring a professional removal company to help you pack. Move your belongs and transport them to your new property. If you have pets or small children who may get in the way of moving or could be upset by the move, you could also hire pet or babysitters to keep an eye on them, or possibly reach out to a loved one to see if they could help in this area.
Pack a Moving Day Survival Kit
A Moving Day Survival Kit consists of the essential items you’ll want to keep with you on your moving day, rather than pack them away. These include:
- Phones and their chargers – it’s likely you’ll be making a lot of calls on this day, so you want to make sure that your phone is at hand and ready to use
- Packed lunches and snacks – you probably won’t want to carry loose crockery or cutlery around with you, so try to pack foods that don’t require too many tools to help you eat them
- Tool kit and lightbulbs – unless you are moving into a new build, your property may require some immediate changes before you can settle in properly, so make sure you have the right tools at hand to quickly repair anything as necessary
- Comfort toys – if you are moving with young or disabled children who are frightened and overwhelmed by change, make sure that they have easy access to a toy or object that calms them down, to help them through the day
- Hot drinks kit – pack a box with a kettle, coffee, tea, sugar and a few mugs
- Essential paperwork and keys in a easy to find folder in your car. This may include passports, house keys, insurance documents, etc
To help you manage your moving home stress, label all your boxes clearly so that you know what’s inside them. After this, pack them in your moving van in order of how much you need those items, ideally with your most needed items closed to the doors of the van, so that you can reach those and put them away inside your house sooner than non-essential pieces.
Paperwork and Mail Redirections with Plenty of Time
The Royal Mail requires that you give at least a minimum of five working days’ notice of the date you want your postal redirection to start. With this in mind, you can decide on a date in advance that works best for you and your move, without the later stress. As well as your important personal contacts, make sure that you let your workplace, your bank and your insurers know of your new address.
When you are moving home, you also need to notify your current energy supplier of this, at least 48 hours before your move and tell them your new address. This is so that they can send you your final bill. It would be worth taking a day or two to focus on calling and approaching necessary companies who need to know about your upcoming move, so that you can check that you have notified everyone and check them off on a list. Take a meter reading so that you know how much you owe your energy supplier in your final payment to them before you leave your current property.
Once you’ve moved to your new property, see who currently supplies your energy there. Go online and look at other potential energy suppliers to see if you’re getting the best deal, particularly for your area before you sign a new fixed term contract.
The best way to manage stress during your home move is to plan ahead and start the process as early as you can. By being well-prepared, you can anticipate actions you need to take sooner and therefore feel more confident in what you need to get done. Here are some additional things you can do early, to speed up the process:
- Pack away non-essential items you want to keep and put them away in a storage area, so that they aren’t in the way
- Declutter your home by throwing away or donating any unwanted pieces
- Decide which room will be used for what and pack away your items into labelled boxes based around this, so that you will know exactly where everything is supposed to go
With these tips and the ones above all in mind, we hope you can find new ways to help make your move more manageable for yourself. We wish you all the best for your move/house sale/home-buying process.
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