Deciding to move to a new house, can have a dramatically positive effect on your life; maybe it will give you and your family more space, maybe it means you’re in the right catchment area for a chosen school or perhaps it marks the beginning of a new stage of your career. Whatever the rationale for the move, the process of moving is no mean feat and is often ranked as one of the top most stressful events in life, with only death and divorce topping the list. The sheer physical exertion of packing and moving all of your possessions and the emotional turbulence of changing routine and losing a sense of familiarity, takes its toll.
However, fear not! Here we’ve put together a few key pointers on how to reduce the stress of moving home.
Time is of the essence
There is the temptation to try to maintain all of your usual responsibilities and fit the house move in around them. This can be where you find yourself in burn out territory. Instead take time off work. Arrange childcare if you have younger children. Give yourself time to deal with the move.
The early bird
Arrange as many of the details of both the actual move and your new life in the property as early on as possible. Don’t leave it too late to start packing. It takes far longer than most people anticipate. Booking a packing services with your removal company is a definite way to lighten the load. Ensure they have packing crews trained to the British Association of Removers standard and talk to your remover about this as early on as possible to ensure they can accommodate you.
Take a break
Don’t be so wrapped up in the move that it interferes with your wellbeing. Ensure you have a break from it all. Eat properly and sleep properly and you’ll be in a better state to deal with it all.
The weight of an average household move is approximately the weight of an average sized elephant! Many have made the mistake of trying to pull together a group of willing friends to do the lifting and hiring their own van. Not many do this for a second time! There’s several reasons for this from the exertion of the manual lifting, dealing with the time pressure to finding a plan B when the hire van breaks down. The pitfalls of trying to do a DIY move, far outweigh the cost of hiring the professionals