They say that moving housees can be one of the most stressful moments of any adult’s life. But if you are moving soon, don’t be disheartened by this. Moving doesn’t have to become something to fear if you plan ahead and are on top of everything. Here are a few suggestions on how to stay stress-free when you next move.
Be careful with who you trust to move your stuff
All too often people will hire the first moving company they find to help them pack up and go. This is a big mistake. Not all movers offer the same level of service, so the key is to find some who will help you out. Look for companies who will move and pack for you, who will pay if they break anything and who have experience in the field. It is good to research your movers and ask around for multiple estimates, so you can compare and make an informed decision.
Leave some stuff to the professionals
If your new house is in need of some work, it is often easy to think you will be able to tackle them yourself. Sometimes you can, but sometimes it is more prudent to get an expert in to help. The DIY jobs you should never attempt yourself are electrics, plumbing, fixing the roof or playing with the gas supply. (Unless of course you have a knowledge of these areas.)
Don’t leave it all until the last minute
Nothing is more stressful than realising you have to get up and pack the same day you are moving. Don’t delay on organising your house. As soon as you know your moving deadline, start to pack up bits that you won’t need before you move. Keep the things you need on a daily basis out for as long as you can, but everything else can start to be packed away.
Take a few days off work
If you are lucky enough to be able to sacrifice a few days’ holiday to help with the moving process, you will be a lot happier for it. You won’t be rushing around to get everything done after work and on weekends. Instead, you can take your time and make sure everything is done properly.
Get the kids to help
If you have kids, you can use them as extra hands to get everything ready to go. Make them feel important by letting them pack up all their belongings. It will also help them to feel happier about this big change they are experiencing.
Get a sitter for moving day
Once the kids have helped you pack, you might find it less stressful to get a babysitter in on the day you actually move. This way you won’t have to worry about what they are doing, or if they will be getting in your way. The same goes for pets too. Find a kennel or a trusted friend to keep your animals safe while you move because the process can be scary for them.
If you follow these simple steps, you will be able to enjoy the moving process a lot more.