Preparing for a house move can be a daunting experience. With so much to organize and things that can go wrong and that are so totally out of your control, it is no wonder that it is amongst the most stressful things someone can do in their lifetime.
However, there are some things that you can do to make your move go as smoothly as it possibly can and hopefully without any hiccups. It is wise to make sure that you have every eventuality that you can think of covered. Then, if things don’t go to plan, you will be able to see a way out of the situation rather than letting it turn into a huge mountain of stress, anxiety, and arguments. After all, moving into your new home should be a happy experience, full of joy and expectation for the future, not a battleground that will cause stress and tension.
Planning is everything
When it comes to making your home move as smooth as possible, there is nothing more important than planning. This is not only making sure that everyone involved knows the route to your new home but also when it comes to labeling boxes with which room they need to go in and which way up they should be stored. This is particularly important when it comes to moving boxes with fragile items inside when the boxes should be clearly marked (possibly in red or another standout color).
However, you may find that the removal company that you choose to move your household will want to pack items themselves in order to ensure that their insurance is totally valid should you need to make a claim due to an item getting damaged or broken.
If you have pets, you may feel that they should be packed off to a pet sitter or a family member or friends to be looked after while you move so that they do not get overly stressed. This way, when they venture into their new home, all their stuff will already be there, so they will immediately have some form of familiarity with their new surroundings.
Another area to think about is if you have multiple vehicles, you are going to require some help getting them from your old home to your new one, and there are shipping companies that will help you with this if you want to go this route, unless, of course, you are happy spending needless amounts of money on gas driving backward and forwards.
Get your packing right
When it comes to packing, it is wise to make sure that you have overnight bags packed with all the bathroom essentials that you will need for your first night in your new home, as well as fresh clothing for the next day. This way, you will not have the added stress of having to unpack boxes on your first evening as you will have all you need to hand, and it will just be a point of making up the beds and cleaning the new home, so you are happy with it.
You may find that when it comes to your bedroom, other than having the correct furniture moved into it, you would do better and have a more relaxed night’s sleep if the boxes containing your bedroom items were placed in another bedroom. For one reason, you will not have dark shapes looming over you while you sleep in a strange place, and for another, it will just feel a lot more uncluttered.
You’ll need boredom breakers
There will be stages during your moving day when you will have to wait around, such as when you are waiting for the exchange of keys. This can sometimes feel like a really long time, especially if you are already parked up outside your new home waiting for the previous residents to hurry up and move out.
In this case, you will need boredom breakers; otherwise, frustration could take hold, and on a stressful day, there could end up being unnecessary arguments over basically nothing.
These boredom breakers could be such things as writing your change of address cards to friends and family, grocery shopping online, or playing online games. You will find that playing games while you are waiting to gain access to your new home will put a happier, calmer spin on another wise stressful day. If you are well prepared, you may already have signed up for a casino VIP program, or it may be something that you feel you could do while you are still preparing for your move or even while you are sitting outside your new home with nothing to do except with the previous occupants would hurry up.
Don’t forget to feed hungry tummies
It is important that you do not forget about hungry tummies. Be sure to have plenty of snacks ready at hand or even prepare a picnic to have either in the car or in a local park. Having all your favorite types of foods will certainly lift your spirits as well as give you the strength and stamina to get you through the day ahead. Do not forget about your fluid intake, especially if it is a hot day. Letting yourself get dehydrated can be a foolish thing to do and can incite such things as headaches, sunstroke, lethargy, and loss of strength and stamina.
With this in mind, you should also plan what food and beverages you are going to want to consume during your evening and for your evening meal. As it is highly unlikely that you are going to want to cook, you will need to be aware of the local eateries and fast-food outlets that will be near your new home so that you can either go and eat in or get your food delivered to your new address.