Moving home can be one of the most stressful things to do. You have to try and organize everything in between work and other obligations. Whether you rent or buy, coordinating the move can be difficult and expensive. If you own your home, you have to juggle the sale and purchase of each property. And if you rent, you have to match up your old and new lease, so you always have somewhere to stay. If you’re dreading your next move, don’t get too worked up by the prospect of it. Use the tips below to take the stress out of moving and make it easier on yourself.
Try to Avoid Deadlines
It may be easier said than done, but moving home is less stressful if you can take your time. You don’t want to feel pressured to find a new home because you can no longer stay in your old one. If you’re buying a new home, purchasing first and selling later is the better choice. If you sell first, you’ll then have new owners who are keen to get into their house. Buying first will give you plenty of time to look at homes for sale and choose one you love. When you rent, try to start searching long before your lease is up.
When it’s time to start moving your things, hiring professional movers is a must. You won’t have to do any heavy lifting, and you can even get them to pack for you. On the day of the move, you can spend your time supervising and worrying about moving your family. It makes things much easier if you have children or pets you need to take care of. Before you choose your movers, make sure you get several quotes from different companies.
Make Arrangements for Kids and Pets
Trying to handle the move when you have children and animals is even harder. Both of them can get under your feet and make the process more stressful. So try to decide what to do with them before the big day. It’s often a good idea to put cats and dogs in boarding facilities for a day or two. Unfortunately, you can’t do the same with children. But you could send them to friends or their grandparents’ for the day. If that’s not possible, try getting them to help out by giving them something to be in charge of.
Get a Feel for the New Home
Before you move, try to visit your new home a few times and map out what it will look like. You might have furniture that isn’t going to fit, or you could have some great ideas for how you’re going to decorate. It will help you decide what you should leave behind and how to arrange everything when you start to move in. And it will give you the chance to start thinking about anything new you want to buy too.
Moving home doesn’t have to be stressful. It will always take effort, but you can make it easier.