We have now been in our new home for just over a year, yet it only seems like yesterday we moved. I remember just like it was yesterday the stresses of moving home and it really was a stressful time. There is so much to remember, so many forms to sign, so many things to read and check and just make sure everything is in hand and correct. It can become all too much if you are trying to juggle moving home, looking after your family and holding down a job al at the same time.
I have put together a little list for you to go through to try to help you guys out there when moving.
Prepare in plenty of time: When moving home the key was being organised and prepare in plenty of time. Starting going through your belongings and get rid of items you no longer need or haven’t used for a long time. Send items to charity shops, get a skip, give items away to friends and family. This will make the packing process a lot easier and also you won’t be taking lots of belongings to your new home that you don’t want or need.
Purchase a document wallet: You will be sent a LOT of paper work during the buying or buying/selling process. You will be asked to sign lots of papers and then return on set and keep a set. All of this paper work is so important so you must keep it somewhere safe and somewhere that you know where it is if you need it.
Measure up: Ask for another visit to the new house to measure up, this means when you move in you can be prepared for the moving day. You are able to make sure things fit where you want them and you won’t have the stresses on moving day of things not going where you thought they would.
Get Removal quotes: You need to factor in the price of everything when moving so there are no nasty surprises along the way. Removals can be an expensive part of moving home. So whether you are moving just down the road or need to do an international removal these will both be an important part of your move. Prices can vary widely so it is best to get a ball part figure in your head.
Write Lists: I wrote so many lists when moving so I didn’t forget anything. If I thought of something I would write it down. When you have so much to do and remember if you don’t write a list you WILL forget things.
Talk to the kids: If you have children, talk to them about the new house and the new area. Moving home can be upsetting and stressful. Take them to show them the new home, show them the new area and have a look around the schools if they will be moving.
Keep on top of everything: If things go quiet for a while, call up the solicitors and ask what is happening. Keep in contact with the estate agents as well so they can advise further up and down the chain what is going on. Things do go quiet from time to time but as long as you know why then it makes people more settled. If things go quiet and you have no idea what is going on it can become stressful and unsettling.
These are just a few practices I did when moving to try and keep things are stress free as possible. Have you recently moved and have any tips or tricks to a stress free move?