This is a guest post written by Cristi Casella. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily shared by Property Moose or DFI Financial Services.
For most of us, the prospect of moving house is daunting at best and traumatising at worst, but it doesn’t always have to be. While it’s true that moving house comes with a unique set of challenges, with proper preparation and a few tried-and-true techniques, you can help reduce the moving stress tenfold, making the process flow a lot smoother for everyone involved. If you are interested in finding out how you can move house – without the stress – then keep on reading.
Leave as Much Time as Possible to Prepare
Proper preparation prevents poor performance has never rung truer. As with any major life change, it’s always best to plan and then leave plenty of time to prepare for it. How much time you’ll need to prepare will depend on how much stuff you have and what sort of house you live in, as well as how many people are moving out. If you live alone in a one-bedroom apartment with very few belongings, you might only need a week or two to prepare to move out. However, if you live with your partner and five kids in a six-bedroom house and have lots of possessions, chances are you’re going to need a lot longer to prepare, so be realistic.
One of the hardest parts about moving house is having to pack all of your many possessions up into boxes and transport them without them breaking. The more stuff you have, the more time-consuming and difficult this is going to be. You can reduce this stress by embracing your more minimalist side, since now is the perfect time to go through all of your stuff and get rid of as much as possible.
Get the Kids Out Of the Way
If you have children and have moved house before, you will probably be well acquainted with the stress of moving house while trying to parent and look after kids. Children running around, requiring attention and possibly breaking items or hurting themselves can be a major source of stress during a move, so if you can, try to find someone to look after them while you focus solely on the move.
There are many different aspects of moving house that can seem near insurmountable to tackle on your own, which is why you shouldn’t. Investing in some help can make your move much easier to handle. Whether it be a professional removals company, or a service like Porch to help with renovations like installing a tile roof or carpet to the new place, hiring a professional will always help to ease some of the stress of moving.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
On the run-up to moving day, it can be a good idea to get into the habit of practicing relaxation techniques. Certain practices such as yoga, deep breathing, meditation, running or even just sitting down with a book in the evening can really help to reduce your overall stress and make the experience of moving house a lot less stressful.