Researchers would have us believe that moving home causes more anxiety than other life changing events such as divorce and bankruptcy, but with the average person in the UK moving home at least 3 times before they reach the age of 45 – it’s no wonder we are a race of nail biters. So once all of the mortgage related worrying has passed and you are on the countdown to the stress fuelled 24 hours that is known as ‘moving day’, there are some steps that you can take to reduce the anxiety.
There are so many costs involved with moving home that you may want to seriously consider your budget when it comes to furnishing your new pad. If your brain power has already been stretched too far, there are many tools out there that will work out the budget for you.
In the initial stages it is always worth becoming familiar with any increase in utilities, especially if you moving to a bigger home or a one of substantial age. If the latter is applicable, research into any grants or schemes that will aid any anxiety that will rear in the winter months, such as cavity wall insulation.
Moving home is an incredibly stressful time, by keeping and transporting items that you are going to get rid of once you get to your new home is preventable anxiety that your blood pressure and sanity can do without.
Getting rid of old possessions can be an emotional time, but if you are selling those items, it’s a great incentive to have a new item (or a much needed holiday!) that the money will go towards to ease the trauma.
It’s all hands on deck when it comes to moving day! Fully embrace all offers of help and have a structured plan for the movements of the day, making sure everyone knows their role! Whether you decide to move room by room or choose to opt for a ‘largest to smallest’ approach, having a plan may seem like organisation overkill to begin with but will save frustration and stress-induced headaches once tiredness sets in.
- Clear Your Calendar
There is nothing worse than trying to move home in an unreasonable amount of time. It really is vital to book 3 days, if not a full working week when moving home.
Moving is exhausting; both physically and mentally and it will no doubt require early morning and late nights, put these together with heavy lifting, menial tasks such as arranging new utilities and you have a recipe for reduced brainpower; don’t put unnecessary strain on yourself by completing the 9-5 too, chances are you will end up making more work for yourself later on if small mistakes need rectifying.
- ‘Moving Day Survival Kit’
Put together an all-important kit for the first day in your new home where you haven’t quite got round to all the unpacking! Pack essentials such as toiletries, batteries, phone chargers, bottled water, energy lifting snacks and a change of clothes that are close to hand that will save the tears when moving day has left you void of any patience and reasoning.