As far as life events go, moving house is up there with the best of them. It’s something that is pretty momentous, whether you’re moving out of your college dorm into your first ever apartment or whether you’re already a few rungs high on the property ladder. But whatever your scenario, one thing is for sure: keeping a handle on all things to do with your move can be nigh-on impossible sometimes. Running a household, working the job that’s going to enable you to move in the first place and going to viewings all amounts to a pretty stressful time in your life. It can also have a knock-on effect to your family too, and you may end up wishing you had just stayed put in the first place! But by accounting for all bases, you can ensure that your move and the immediate few days after are as calm as can be for you and your family.
Getting the timing right
Timing is such as huge part of moving house. When you first start getting itchy feet, and the desire to move elsewhere gets greater, take some time to study the property market. By watching out for trends in pricing and location, you will be able to make your own call on what constitutes a good deal. Also, give yourself plenty of time to find somewhere that’s right for you. Starting your house hunt in early November only means that the process may still be ongoing around Christmas, which is already notorious for being a stressful time for many families. Pick a time of year when you know you don’t have too many other commitments – remember, sometimes the whole thing can take up to six months to go through.
Clearing out and packing
Something else that you don’t want to leave until the last minute is packing up your possessions and getting them over to your new place. Most of us underestimate how much ‘stuff’ we actually have. It isn’t until we see it laid bare before us that we realize how much of a hoarder we have become! Split all your items into ‘rooms’ before your moving company arrives on the day, and don’t be afraid to be ruthless when it comes to throwing stuff out. If you’ve been hoarding something for years and it’s of little use to you now, see the move as an opportunity to start afresh.
Sorting out bills, tax, and insurance
After all the stress of moving into a new house, most of us just want to flop down on the couch and sleep for a week. But organizing your bills, taxes, and your insurance should be pretty high up on your list of things to sort out, as otherwise, the responsibility will just hang over you. Certain bodies will need to be informed before you move house, such as your internet provider. No one likes that period of house moves where you don’t yet have wi-fi in your new place, so try and get this done as early as possible.