So, why is moving house stressful? More importantly, why do we all just accept that’s going to be the case?
If you think about it, everyone seems to say that their last house move was “an absolute nightmare”.
You may have uttered those words yourself. This is a shame, because it really doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, if you get it right, house moving can actually be stress-free and… dare we say it… enjoyable!
Here are five reasons you’re stressed during house moving and how you can minimise the strain.
1. You’re not organised enough
If there’s one personal task where you need to be really organised, it’s during a house move. If you’re not organised, you’ll forget stuff, pack everything inadequately, and perhaps even neglect to transfer those all-important utility accounts on time.
The first thing you need is a detailed house move checklist. With this to hand, spend some time listing all of the things you need to do and set yourself deadlines for each. Don’t stop until you’ve emptied your head of tasks.
2. You don’t give yourself enough time
This is a classic problem, but so easily avoided. If you don’t give yourself enough time to move house, you’ll rush the process, and this can lead to disaster.
The best way to combat this is to start the move process as soon as you’ve exchanged contracts. And by that, we mean starting the planning immediately from day one.
Check out the following list by Good Housekeeping, with weekly remiders to help your move go more smoothly: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/a18092/moving-checklist/
3. You didn’t book removals
It might feel like a great idea to save money while moving home by doing the physical move yourself. But it’s rarely a good idea.
Moving yourself means using your own vehicles and going through the huge amounts of mental stress and physical strain involved in transferring your worldly belongings from one property to another.
Don’t! Instead, call in the experts. Yes, it’ll cost to get removals in, but it’s some of the best money you’ll spend during your house move.
4. You forgot to pack the essentials
When you reach your new home, you’ll probably want a cup of tea and a ten minute break. But, where’s the kettle? What if someone needs a tiny bit of first aid? Can you remember where you packed the plasters?
When putting together your house move checklist (see tip 1), make sure you set aside a separate list of essentials you might need on the big day. Everything from tea making facilities to that all-important first aid box needs to be accounted for.
5. You haven’t asked for help
This one is easy. You don’t have to do it alone. Even if you’re a family of four, drafting in some extra hands on the day will significantly reduce your stress levels.
Friends and family can help with the physical move, but they can also be there to offer their cleaning services and keep the mood up during what might otherwise be one of the most stressful days of your life.
We hope our home move tips help you make this not only a successful day, but one you’ll remember for the rest of your life – for the right reasons!