Moving house is a stressful experience for anyone, as it means uprooting not just the objects in the house, but also friendships, work habits and routines. There are a few things to keep in mind to make the actual move day easier, and this article aims to share a few helpful tips.
Get your dates right. This one is particularly relevant for the first time buyer, or anyone who is currently in rented accommodation. Timing the move to minimize the overlap between the last rent payment and first mortgage payment is essential, as financial stress can be worse than the upheaval moving house causes.
Take your time. Putting your head in the sand and plugging away with your day to day life will mean that the moving day will come along quickly, and the panic of having to have everything packed, loaded onto a truck and unloaded at the other end can be intense. Allow yourself a bit of a run-in by packing a box or two of non-essential items in the week or two before the move, leaving just things like a kettle and a day’s worth of eating utensils to pack on the day itself.
Occupy the kids. For young children, the day can be an exciting change, whilst for older kids the day will be a stressful experience as they cut ties to the rooms and places that they have become accustomed too. Younger kids will benefit from having a specific set of jobs, such as cleaning, moving boxes, unpacking things at the new house. Finding something for the older children to do during the day will help reduce their stress (and yours).
Have a plan of action. The Boys Scouts have the motto “Be Prepared”, and the same needs to apply to your house move. By having an idea of the time scale of the day, you’ll be able to mentally prepare for the day. For example, knowing what time the truck will arrive will allow you to plan the rest of the morning efficiently.
Aim for a take-away. At the end of the day, tension will be high, and energy levels will be low. Aim to finish up around 5 or 6 in the evening, and think about getting your family’s favorite food in for dinner. This will work as a motivational tool as well as removing the need to find the cooking utensils at the end of the day.