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Moving house can be a stressful time for the whole family, but luckily, there are ways to try and combat the stress. You should take these steps to organize yourself in advance of the move. It involves having a thorough clear out and give away anything that doesn’t need to come with you to your new home and to make sure you are certain of what order things are happening on the day of the actual move. Enlist as much support and help as you can, but make sure it is an appropriate task, so don’t ask your seventy-year-old mother to carry heavy boxes up and down the stairs if there is a more willing pair of hands available.
Follow our top tips to make your house move stress-free.
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Moving house is the ideal opportunity to clear out all the clutter that accumulates without you even realizing it. It’s the perfect time to finally throw away the broken or un-played with toys that are gathering dust, to give away the clothes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn for years and to have a fresh start in your new home. Before moving, it’s vital that you do a thorough de-clutter of your whole house. Be brutally honest with yourself and sort everything into piles of the things you often use, rarely use or never use. Then go back over them again and decide what to donate or give away and be honest with yourself about the things you could live without. This can be a difficult but valuable process. Why not clear out your wardrobe, invite your friends round and throw a clothes swap party? Not only is this is a fun way to pass on all your unwanted clothes and get a whole new wardrobe for free in the process, but you can also avoid any of the clothes going to landfill.
Before you move home, it’s important that you make a timeline and write a checklist so that you don’t forget anything. For example, remember to tell people about your change of address including your work, your children’s school, your doctor, and dentist. Don’t forget to switch your utilities, and get a variety of quotes before deciding on a provider as you may be able to get it cheaper if you shop around. Plan meals around the food that is in your freezer and try to use up everything in the house.
Be sure of your budget before you move home as it is very easy to get carried away and re-furnish the whole place before realizing you had only put aside $100. Factor everything into your moving budget, including moving company, new furniture, any paint or DIY materials needed, and any renovation work you plan to do.
Packing: do it yourself or hire a company?
Don’t underestimate how long packing up a whole house worth of items can take. When deciding whether to do this yourself or to hire a company to pack and move your belongings for you, you should first request a quote from a reputable moving company who can help you with everything from planning your move to packing, safely storing and unpacking your precious things. If you decide to do it all yourself, then spread the packing out so that you don’t get stressed the day before the move when you still have twenty empty boxes and a house full of things.
Prepare your kids
Help your children to get used to the idea of moving by talking to them about it all beforehand and introduce them to your new neighborhood by driving around it, pointing out the new house and walking any relevant routes to school, so it is not all new and unfamiliar. You can even help them to say goodbye to their home by walking them through it and saying goodbye to each room or taking a photo of them in their favorite spot in the house so they can remember it. If you are moving further afield, then throw a goodbye party for your child and their friends and make a memory book of their favorite places and things they loved doing in your old neighborhood. When planning your moving day ensure you have organized adequate childcare, especially if things run over. It may be easier to move all the furniture and belongings while the kids are being looked after elsewhere and then arrange for them to arrive once the initial chaos has calmed.
On the day
Get up early and give yourself enough time to say goodbye to your home. Walking from room to room and taking a brief moment to remember all the happy moments that took place in your home can help to say goodbye to that stage in your life. Give your old home a clean and ensure there is no damage to the property that the new owners don’t know about. Gather your final possessions, ensure you’ve left nothing behind and hand over the keys for the last time. When you arrive at your new home, don’t rush to unpack everything straight away. It’s likely if you do you might make mistakes, such as unloading a whole box of books in the wrong room, so take your time to work out where you want furniture and belongings to go. At first just unpack the essentials, such as plates, cups and cutlery, pajamas, bedding and toiletries, but take the rest slow but steady – although the sooner you unpack everything, the sooner it will feel like home so don’t wait months before you’ve emptied your boxes. Take an inventory when you unpack to check that all your belongings made it to your new home. On your first night in the property make it easy on yourself and order in a takeaway. That way you won’t have to contend with cooking straight away plus you can get to know the local restaurants.
Once you are in
If your new home needs some work, you should try to tackle it systematically. Don’t start all the jobs at once or it may become overwhelming. Instead, enlist the help of willing friends and family, as stripping the plaster from walls or re-wallpapering a home can be time-consuming and tiring work. Repay their hard work with a few beers and a takeaway pizza.