Moving house is stressful, exhausting and frustrating - so much so that most people put off moving house until they absolutely need to. Of course, this is the best possible way to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you’re having to rush around, you will almost certainly be stressed, exhausted and frustrated!
So what can you do to make moving house easier?
Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to buying a house. From day one, you should be thinking about how a property can grow and change with you so that you are prepared for the prospect of moving. For example, a young couple might start with a small apartment but know that they will have to move when they start a family.
As soon as you start thinking about moving, you should start editing your belongings and preparing your own house for sale. Moving things you want to keep but don’t need all the time to storage is a good idea but selling your stuff is a very effective way of making a little bit of cash on the side for new things when you move. All in all, the less stuff you have to move, the easier it will be.
Help comes in many forms and all are good. A professional mover like 2 Men And A Truck will always take the pressure off you when it comes to actually shifting your stuff from property to property. But you should also look to family and friends for some support.
If you can’t afford storage, you might be able to persuade someone to lend you their spare room for a couple of weeks. If you need help packing boxes, you’d be surprised how well a few pizzas and bottles of wine go down! Of course, the best way to get help is to ask well in advance and turn your packing into a game - kids will really love gathering as many toys as possible if it’s a race!
Take Your Time
This leads us to the most important tip for making moving house easy: take your time. If you start packing up your things as soon as the idea of moving house enters your mind, you will find it a lot easier when you actually find a house and you’re ready to move. The property market can be speedy so the more time you have to prepare, the better.
Taking your time while you actually pack is important too. If you carefully label each box with its contents and where it is going, you will find it a lot easier to find the things you need when you arrive at your new place. Giving a number, colour and priority is another good tip to follow as this will influence how you unpack too.
Moving house is always going to be a bit hectic but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. When you prepare, get help and take your time, moving can actually be quite fun. Remember that this is a really exciting thing to be doing!