Relocating has the potential to be exciting and daunting in equal measures. What seems to be a fairly straightforward transition at first can quickly escalate into a logistical nightmare. In addition, the fact that no two moves are ever the same can make it difficult to plan for every eventuality.
Expecting the unexpected is the golden rule for a stress-free move. If you accept at an early stage that at least minor complications can be expected along the way, you will find them much easier to contend with.
Even so, there is much that can be done to keep moving anxiety under control. According to those who specialise in stress-free relocations, these are the five things all movers should do to make the transition as straightforward as possible:
1) Create a to-do list with a realistic timetable
Formulating and following a plan is always easier than making things up as you go along. The best to-do list for relocating is a list that is as thorough as possible. You will find plenty of online templates to help you out, but it is essential to include (literally) everything you need to do on your list.
Along with helping you keep on track, the satisfaction of being able to tick off important tasks is quite rewarding.
2) Ask for help
It is not until you get a relocation project underway that you realise just how big of an undertaking it is. Even if you comprehensively declutter your home beforehand (which is a very good idea), the amount of stuff you will have to pack, prepare, transport and unload always comes as a big surprise.
As they say, many hands make light work. The more people you can enlist to lend a helping hand, the better. Planning ahead (in accordance with your to-do list and timetable), ask your friends, family and colleagues etc. if they wouldn’t mind chipping in for an hour or two.
3) Start early and take your time
Moving anxiety has a tendency to kick in when you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to do. Hence, the best approach is to distribute your tasks over the longest possible period of time, and to tackle them gradually.
Of course, this is not always an option – some relocations are naturally urgent and rushed. But if time is on your side, it simply makes sense to make the most of it. Don’t cram it all into a weekend – allocate an hour or so a day for as long as needed to get things done.
4) Hire a top-rated removals company
Bringing a removal company on board could be the single best decision you will make throughout the entire process. A good removals company will have the knowledge, skills, experience, manpower and resources needed to lend a helping hand with all aspects of your relocation project.
They can provide the materials you need to pack your property, they can transport them, they can help you unload them in your new home and so on. Given the costs of taking care of the whole thing manually, they could also save you money on the costs of a much more stressful DIY move.
5) Clean your new house ahead of time
Last up, cleaning and organising your new home before you move in comes highly recommended. By doing so, you will have one less major job to tackle when dealing with post-relocation fatigue. In addition, spending some time getting your new home in shape will help you stay optimistic and positive about the whole thing.
And when you do bring those dozens of bags and boxes into your new home, don’t feel too much of a hurry to unpack them. Give yourself all the time you need, and focus on enjoying your new start – not rushing it and causing yourself additional stress in the process.
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