Moving can be truly stressful to those who are not used to it and even the experienced travelers get weary from it eventually. There is the stress of looking at new homes and considering the abandonment of your old home, then the preparations and packing to be done, then the move itself. All of these can be truly grating on the nerves and your sense of attachment to a place where you’ve spent years of your life.
The reasons for a move may not always be beneficial – divorce, death, and crime are all harsh realities of life and they can put a great deal of stress on your psyche. So how do we avoid all of this while building a new life? The key is careful preparations and a few other tricks we aim to help you within this article:
1. Buying phase
Regardless of whether you want to buy a new home or one that was lived in, the very essence of viewing is stressful in itself. There is a way to reduce this stress, mostly by checking out the properties you want to buy through photos online at first. That way you can whittle down the numbers of houses to a more manageable number.
Websites owned by estate agents are the best way to approach this problem as they will help you focus on properties you like that are within a reasonable price and quality range. You can also check in with the opinions of other potential buyers who visited and did viewing for cross-reference.
2. Selling phase
Depending on your preferences you might want to sell your current home, moving into a rented apartment or house until you find something suitable. Perhaps you need the excess money from the sale to start your new life in a town or so you can travel? Whatever your reasons you should keep some things in mind before you move on with the sale. When the future buyer comes for viewing you should in turn do the following:
Make sure the home is clean and the laundry is done
Do any minor repairs that can be done
Paint and touch up whatever you can to make the place presentable
3. Preparation phase
Before the actual move occurs you will need to address whether you really want all your belongings coming along with you. Large pieces of furniture and clothes that don’t fit you anymore can either be donated or sold to someone else, thus freeing space and time during the move. You can either organize a yard sale or you can donate them to a thrift store or other humanitarian causes.
4. Packing phase
Now that you have figured out what you want to move you will need proper packing supplies. You can obtain lots of useful boxes from friends, work, retail stores, or office supply stores. The first three may give you a chance to use their boxes for free. Retail stores use quite a few boxes throughout a day and they recycle the majority of them, so they are the perfect source of some good boxes.
Most stores don’t mind giving them out to their clients so you won’t have a problem finding some. When you pack you need to make sure you’re using the right boxes for the right items. Avoid putting too many heavy possessions in a large box as the bottom may give out. Use plenty of padding for fragile items such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or something similar.
5. Moving phase
Once moving day arrives you will need to keep all important documents on your person. Such items will not be transported by moving companies as they can’t take responsibility. Make sure all doorways are clear, your pets and children somewhere else, and that you have reserved a parking spot right at your front door. This will save time and money on moving expenses.