Whether you’re a first timer with no furniture, or an old hand with loads of stuff to shift, moving house is a stressful experience.
After my experience with the process over the last few weeks, I’ve put together a list of top 5 tips for happy moving.
5. Write Lists
Moving is a crazy experience, and between finding the perfect place, meeting agents and landlords, packing up, and settling in, you’ll have a thousand things on your mind.
Writing a list is a great way to keep everything under control, and also give you a great mental break since you can be sure you’ve got all the info written out on paper and not lost in the back of your mind.
4. Keep your finger on the pulse
The best places get snapped up pretty quickly, so to give yourself the best chance you need to spend a bit of time online hitting the refresh button. Whether you are looking for a room in a sharehouse or want to take out a lease, getting in to see the property first can give you a huge advantage over other bidders.
Getting in on your own, or with a small group of other viewers is also a great strategy, so if you’re going through agents try to get private or mid-week inspections.
3. Keep on movin’
From the house hunting to the unpacking at the end of the process, don’t get disheartened by the size of the project. Do little jobs like packing up toiletries one at a time, and you’ll soon find that you’ve made a big dent in the overall project.
2. Keep on lovin’
If you are moving with a family or a significant other, there’s definitely going to be times when you want to strangle someone.
I personally nearly lost it upon arriving at the new apartment and finding my partner had forgotten to pack his toiletries. This was after a full 24 hour period of asking him to get his things together for the move, while being told that “there’s nothing left to do!”
Everybody has their own version of these moments. Just keep saying your pleases and thank yous, and don’t forget an occasional kiss on the cheek (or a gentle kick in the behind, whatever you think is more appropriate).
1. Keep your cool
Easier said than done, but nonetheless is really the most important part.
Take a deep breath, go for a relaxing walk, or spend all your aggression on a tough workout.
Above all, take care of yourself and give yourself time to recover from the ordeal. Once you’ve got through it all, give yourself a couple of days to kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. After all, you’ve worked really hard to get here!