5 Tips to Help Take the Stress Out of Moving

Moving into a new home is no doubt an exciting time, but if you aren’t properly prepared, the process can become incredibly stressful. In fact, moving to a new house is considered to be one of the top five stressors in life – right up there with divorce, major illness, job loss and even the death of a loved one.

However, a little forward thinking can really help reduce stress and keep your concerns at bay. Follow these five tips to help take the stress out of moving and make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

  1. Start to declutter
    In the months leading up to your move, it’s a good idea to set aside some time to start decluttering and getting rid of things you no longer want or need. Quite often we don’t realise how much “stuff” we actually have until it’s time to begin packing – and by this point it’s often too late to start sorting through it! Excess clutter only leads to additional stress, and getting rid of it early means you’ll have less to worry about when the time comes to start packing.
  2. Clear your schedule
    One of the most foolproof ways to minimise the stress of moving is by ensuring that you won’t have to balance it around all of your other daily life commitments. By clearing your schedule and giving yourself a big block of time to focus solely on the move, you’ll ultimately be able to get the job done much faster and you won’t have to worry about when you’re going to be able to fit it all in.
  3. Allow ample time
    Moving house tends to take a lot longer than many of us expect – and moving can become all the more stressful when you’re under a tight deadline! For this reason, it’s important to allow plenty of time and a considerable crossover period to transition between the two properties. While it may mean you will need to pay “double rent” or “double mortgage” for a few weeks, the extra cost is well worth when you take into account how much stress it will save you as you finalise your move.
  4. Make a plan
    Once it’s time to start packing, it’s best to begin with a clear plan of attack. Take some time to work out what you’re going to be able to move yourself and consider whether you would be better off bringing in some professional removalists for some of your larger belongings. For the smaller items, it can be most efficient to work methodically and move from room to room. Make sure to evenly distribute the weight of heavy items and don’t forget to label each box.
  5. Don’t forget utilities
    With so many other things to focus on, it’s easy to forget about organising our utilities. At Stockdale & Leggo, we know that this can be difficult to stay on top, which is why we recently introduced our unique new service designed to alleviate some of the stress of moving. The Whole House can coordinate all of your utility connections and disconnections including electricity, gas, water, internet, telephone, pay TV, insurance, removalists and more – all you need to do is apply online!