Spending time finding a new home is super exciting. Now that all the arrangements have been made for your new pad, you might find some stress or panic starting to sneak in.
Research shows that nearly one in three people found moving home to be more stressful than childbirth. In fact, people find a home move more stressful than getting married, job interviews, and driving tests. That’s some seriously straining stuff.
Thankfully, there are some practical and effective steps you can take to make your home move less stressful. Keep reading to find out…
1) Create a thorough to-do list
The best thing you can do to ensure your home move goes smoothly is to put together a to-do list that covers absolutely everything you’ll need to tackle, from start to finish. This will keep you organised and feeling more in control; two factors that will significantly reduce your stress levels.
But your list shouldn’t only include packing boxes and hiring a home moving company, no siree. You need it to cover everything from notifying your new local council, switching utilities suppliers, and sorting our broadband and medic subscriptions in your new home.
2) Start small but start soon
We understand what a mammoth task a home move can feel like. There’s a lot you need to achieve, often with limited time. The best way to ease your anxiety is to start small. Even if that means packing just one or two boxes each night. Tackling simple tasks first will help you build momentum and, before you know it, you’ll be flying through everything on your moving house list.
Although it’s helpful to start small, it’s also essential that you start soon. Once you have your to-do list in place, you need to get going to ensure you have enough time to get everything done. Leaving things to the last minute is the quickest way to feel stressed and unsettled.
3) Pack an overnight box or bag
On the day that you are physically moving to your home, there are plenty of things that can add to your stress. For example, frantically trying to find something you need and not knowing where on earth it’s packed. A great way to avoid this happening is to pack an overnight bag or box that has everything in it that you’ll need for the next 24 hours.
The chances are that once you’ve reached your new home and the moving truck has been offloaded, you’re not going to be in the mood to start unpacking straight away, so make sure you have a box or bag full of essential supplies to see you through to until you start unpacking.
4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You may not want to involve others in your home moving process because it can be a time-consuming process. But we could all use a little help sometimes. Even if it’s just having a friend or family member that you can lean on for support while you move.
It’s also a good idea to speak to those close to you who have moved home themselves as they may be able to give you some advice and recommendations as to who you can hire to help.
5) Use a Home Setup Service
Asking for help isn’t limited to family and friends; you can also enlist the expertise of a Home Setup Service. At Just Move In, our friendly Move Specialists can save you time and, more importantly, take the stress out of your home move.
With a Move Specialist, you can cross things like content insurance, switching energy suppliers, arranging your broadband and phone, contacting your local council, and informing your water and sewerage companies off your to-do list. We’ve proven that using a Home Setup Service involved in your move can save you eight hours (or more) on time-consuming moving admin.
Wouldn’t it be great to know there’s someone handling the details and finding the best deals for you while you’re in the process of moving? We don’t know about you, but we think that’d save you a lot of stress.
If you’re interested in having a Move Specialist assist you with the not so fun parts of moving home, you can find out more on our website and book an appointment.