Moving to a new house is said to be one of the most stressful things you will ever do. Much more stress if you are moving with children. There is a lot to sort out and think about, and it can all get a bit too much. It took me awhile to sort things out I think I’m not yet done with the packing on our moving day. However, don’t fret as moving to a new home is super exciting. It’s a fresh start for your family, an exciting new chapter in your lives and something that you should enjoy. To help with this, here are some great tips to make it stress-free.
Take Your Time
There is a lot to do when moving house. You’ll need to find the perfect home and spend time choosing a home loan before you even start thinking about moving in. So, make sure you give yourself plenty of time.
When it comes to something as big as moving to a new house, lists are your friend. Write packing lists, a list of people you need to tell, a list of other jobs and lists of anything else you can think of. Carry a notepad everywhere you go and write down anything that crops up as you go.
Start Packing Early
As soon as you know you are moving, start packing. Somethings will need to be left out until the last minute. But, you’ve probably got a lot of possessions that you don’t use or even look at for months at a time. Pack these as soon as you can to get started.
Change Your Address Online
Nowadays you can change your address with most providers and companies online. Work down your list and look on their websites. In many cases, you can do this as soon as you’ve got a moving date which saves a lot of hassle later on.
Labeling your boxes might not seem like a big deal, but it will make your life much easier once you’ve moved. When you finally get to your new home, after days or even weeks of packing and moving, you will want to relax and enjoy it without hunting through boxes every time you need something.
Move a box of moving day supplies to your new home before moving day if you can. Or at least keep this box separate and easy to locate. Include things like the cups and drinks, a few snacks, pajamas for that first night, essential toiletries and clothes for the next day. That way if you’ve got snacks for during the move and you can leave the bulk of unpacking for another day.
Keep Essentials Separate
Keep passports, medication, driver’s licenses, contracts, contact information, phone chargers and anything else you may need in an emergency separate. Carry these in your handbag, or a separate bag and keep them with you until you arrive at your new home. Then, keep them away from all of the other boxes, so they don’t get lost in the mess.
Get a Babysitter
If at all possible, arrange childcare for moving day. It’s a good idea for the kids to spend some time in the new house and exploring the new area before you move, to help them adapt. But, on the day itself, you won’t want them getting in the way, and it can be confusing and even dangerous for them to be around.
Following these tips should help to ensure your move is successful, stress-free and fun. Good luck with it!