As the many who have previously moved house or sold a property can vouch for, moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences of a lifetime. For some, moving house can be an extremely exciting life event – starting a fresh, meeting new people and trying new things – for others, a relationship break-up, a financial strain or just the thought of organising and packing up your entire life can be a stressful and worrying period.
Here at Goodfellows, we have complied a list of tips and trick to avoid the dreaded stress when moving house. Here are some simple ways you can eliminate unnecessary stress and enjoy moving house to the fullest.
So, why is moving house so stressful in the first place?
You might have a preconceived idea that moving house is a stressful occasion; if you go into the move with this mind set, you can expect your move to be a reflection of your mood – negative, and inevitably stressful. By breaking the move down into small manageable chunks, you can stay on top of the moving stress.
In January 2018, Forth conducted a survey to understand stress levels in the UK and what the main causes of stress were. According to their findings:
From their research, moving house is nowhere to be seen as a stress factor. Similarly, The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scales, places ‘change in living conditions’ at just 28 in the list stress causes. The death of a spouse, divorce and marital separation rank as the top 3 main causes of stress.
Let’s have a read of some moving house stress quotes to brighten the mood:
“Cleaning out the past, packing up the present, and preparing for a much better future!”
“Moving was a great idea until I started packing!”
“You don’t know what you’ve got… until you move”
“Home is where the heart is, even if you can’t remember which box you packed it in”
So, how can you eliminate stress when moving house?
1. Hire a reputable conveyancing solicitor
First things first, get a reputable conveyancing solicitor on board. A conveyancing solicitor will be responsible for handling all of the legal aspects of your property transaction. With a highly experienced, reputable conveyancing company you can expect a much smoother process, thus eliminating any unnecessary stress.
2. Use a moving house checklist
A moving house checklist can help you get organised. There are many comprehensive moving house checklist to find online, but we recommend class="text-title"> this one . A checklist will help you sort and finalise things you might not have thought about before your move became a reality. Getting all your ducks in row can really help avoid the stresses of feeling unprepared or unorganised for your move.
3. Start packing in advance
Start packing well in advance of your expected moving date, this can help avoid those last minute mad dashes get things complete. We understand that not everything can be packed in advance, however, things that don’t get used on a daily basis can benefit from being boxed up early.
Packing in advance helps create a tidy and clearer house, and a clearer mind. During your packing escapade you may even come across belongings that can be thrown out or taken to a charity shop – letting you get rid of unnecessary items ahead of your move.
We have a few packing tips that may help with the process:
For a more extensive overview of packing tips, please view our guide to packing up your property.
4. Plan ahead of the move
One of the greatest causes of stress during a move is the lacking of forward planning. Stress can easily be avoided in you’ve got measures in place for all eventualities and an idea of everything that needs to be catered for. Things you may need to think about prior to your move:
5. Hire a removal company
Hiring a removal company can be one of the most important and helpful things you do during your move. Removal companies are there to help eliminate any pressure by taking care of the hard work and – getting all of your belongings from A to B. We are a full service removals company offering the following services:
6. Recruit some more help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You might have already hired a removal company, but getting additional help from relatives and friends will be essential in eliminating any unnecessary moving stress. Friends and family can help with a number of things from packing, cleaning, providing child care, and pet sitting to name a few.
7. Get enough sleep and eat well
As previously mentioned, one of the greatest causes of stress is failure to get enough sleep. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest and sleep during your move to prevent feeling fatigued. Ways in which you can do this is by taking regular breaks for packing, start packing well in advance so you’re leaving plenty of time to pack at a reasonable pace, and eat well to enhance your energy and immune system.
Also, remember to accommodate time to see your close friends and family. This will provide time to help you relax and relieve any stress and tension.
8. Move on a Friday
According to research, Fridays are the most popular for moving house. Moving on a Friday will give you the entire weekend to settle in without taking time off work. Although it’s sometimes hard to control which day you’re move will be, if you have the option, we recommend opting for a Friday.
If you’re looking for a removals firm, packing service or storage facilities in Kent and the surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are a full service removals firm with over 30 years of experience in the industry. We are also local antique and Kent piano movers, helping you with heavier and more fragile items. Don’t just take our word for it, we are CheckATrade approved and have plenty of great reviews on Google and Yell.
We offer the following removals & storage services:
Get in touch on 0800 634 6794 or 01622 753708, otherwise you can contact us online.
What our customers say...
“Many thanks to you for all your assistance during our packing and removal to your store, and then out to our new home. Everything went smoothly and we where very happy with your service.”
Mr & Mrs Westlake, The Grange, Sevenoaks
“Just to say a big thank you to you & the guys for doing an excellent job for us. All 3 guys you sent round were fantastic (John, Rod & Colin? – I apologies if the last name is incorrect, lack of sleep & trying to sort thw new house I’m afraid!). There were punctual, polite & professional. The move went extremely smoothly & with no stress for me. Thank you. I will definitely recommend Goodfellows Removals to friends & family, anyone thinking of moving themselves should think again & get you guys in. Money well spent.”
Damien Murphy, Tonbridge
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