*This is a collaborative post* Moving houses usually represents a transition, but it comes with a significant amount of stress. Therefore, it’s not surprising that 40% of homeowners in the UK admit it is one of the most stressful events of their lives. Indeed, people’s stress when moving houses is likely due to unresolved emotional, mental and physical anxiety. It can be even more stressful when you’re moving or travelling with kids. If you’re new to the subject, below are some of the reasons and solutions to know about to help you prepare for your next move.
Usually, when you start to feel anxious and muddled about your move, it’s usually because many items on your moving ‘to-do-list’ are yet to be completed. Moving house requires strong organisational skills. Without it, you most likely will forget to pack your belongings in an order that makes them easier to unpack at the new location. Even worse, you may forget to make advanced bookings for furniture removalist services. Fortunately, you can overcome feelings of unpreparedness by using a house move checklist.
To get it right, it helps to start preparing the checklist weeks or even months ahead of the move. The more time you give yourself to prepare the checklist, the higher the chances of remembering to put down every task that needs to be completed. As long as you have the house move checklist ready, it becomes easier to carry out what has now become your go-to guideline.
Not asking for help
Packing your belongings to move houses is a lot of hard work. There is so much to wrap or box up, which can take a toll on you. Even for a family made up of mum, dad and two teenage kids, it still is a lot of work. However, when you ask for help and you’re fortunate enough to have extra hands, packing becomes less stressful. Additionally, having an extra pair of hands helps to reduce the number of hours it would have taken to pack alone or with a spouse.
Keep in mind that moving from the old house goes beyond packing your belongings. You have a responsibility to leave the place clean and free from litter or junk. Indeed, you have the option to use professional cleaning services. If not, you can enlist the help of friends and family to clean up the residence you’re vacating. Chores done as a group may feel more like fun than a stressful task.
The physical labour
Lifting heavy boxes, moving furniture, pulling suitcases, etc., are examples of strenuous physical activities that come with moving houses. Whether you like it or not, physical labour induces stress, but there is a way around it. First and foremost, all of that strenuous activity like heavy lifting can be done by experienced movers you hire. Secondly, you may want to avoid carrying heavy items by yourself. Instead, ask an extra pair of hands or more to help you move things from the house to the moving truck. Sharing the load can spare you the backaches that may even worsen the stress you already feel.
Lastly, the fear of the unknown, leaving family and friends to a farther place, etc., all contribute to the stress of moving. Hopefully, you will be better prepared and know what to expect when you have to move again.