5 Quick Tips for a Stress-Free Move
As exciting as moving into your dream home can be, it’s fair to say that there’s plenty of stress associated with such a major transition. In fact, psychologists often consider moving homes to be one of the most nerve-racking things a person can do.
The good news is that you don’t have to submit yourself to weeks of anxiety after you find your ideal home. If you’re hoping to keep the move as smooth as possible, there are plenty of proactive steps you can take to keep the process as simple and relaxing as possible. Here are a few common-sense tips for a blissful move.
1. Get Organized Early
As soon as you find a property that suits both your budget and your needs, it’s time to start packing and organizing. If you’re under contract and out of attorney review, do your best to get a jump on things right away. One of the worst things you can do is procrastinate, as this often means you’ll be scrambling to get everything done in a matter of days alongside sleepless nights and irritating regret. Start by packing one or two boxes a day for the first few days. If you notice anything you don’t want or need anymore when you’re packing, throw it away or donate it immediately. If it’s a piece of furniture or something of value, putting it on Craigslist or setting aside a day for a mini estate sale is a great way to help pay for the move. All in all, this is a great time to push yourself to declutter.
2. Get to Know Your New Neighborhood
Most likely you’ve already done a plethora of research on your chosen neighborhood before you made an offer on your new house. However, now that you’re getting ready to move, it’s worth exploring your new hood as much as possible in person, assuming it’s not across state lines. Consider taking multiple drives around your new home at different times of the day in order to give your moving company, friends and family tips on how to get there as quickly as possible as well as parking tips. You’ll also get a feel for the hyper-local traffic situation, which in a big city like Chicago, can vary greatly. It’s also a great idea (and a fun task) to familiarize yourself with local restaurants and shops. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a great place to start.
3. Make Sure You Have the Right Support
The more support you have during your move, the better off you’ll be. You wouldn’t have dreamed of looking for your ideal property without the help of a great real-estate broker, so why would you consider moving without a professional moving company? Make sure they are professionally licensed and insured and get all quotes in writing. Along with bringing a reliable professional moving company on board, consider asking friends and family to help with smaller tasks like getting packed and unpacked. This will speed up the process and help you settle into your new home much faster. Beer, wine and pizza always sweeten the deal when it comes to recruiting a secondary team. And remember, if you’re over 25, the days of relying on friends and family for a full blown move is over. As a rule of thumb, book a moving company at least two to three weeks in advance.
4. Clean Before You Move In
If you can get the keys to your new house early enough, it’s always a good idea to do some in-depth cleaning (especially the kitchen and bathrooms) before the big day. While this may seem a bit counterintuitive, it’s much easier to sweep, wash and scrub when you don’t have the formidable task of moving furniture and unpacking. When you check into a hotel you expect a clean bathroom right? Then why not make sure your own bathroom(s) are sparkling the moment you let the movers in. This might also be a time to recruit friends and family to help, or you may want to consider getting a professional cleaning service if you want to save some time.
5. Don’t Forget the Essentials
It’s amazing how many people forget to address important tasks like setting up utilities (moving into a place with no gas or electric really sucks) getting updated parking stickers and permits, forwarding mail and changing addresses on important documents, etc. Also, if you’re relocating somewhere that has an HOA, make sure you coordinate your move with them so there aren’t any surprise fees.
Bonus Tip: Stay Calm
Like the popular meme says, stay calm and carry on. People move all the time. It’s part of modern life we can’t avoid, so it’s best to go with the flow armed with a smart gameplan. Remember that no matter how hectic and overwhelming moving to a new home can be, soon enough you’ll be settled into your beautiful new house. Give yourself a break when you need one and keep in mind that you don’t have to be fully settled within a day or two. Prioritize, tackle the big projects first, then move on from there. If you’re kind to yourself, you’ll find that moving can be much easier than you ever thought.