Tips For Moving During A Major Life Change

Tips For Moving During A Major Life Change

Given the demands of the moving process, it's no surprise research suggests that moving houses is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through.

Quick Snapshot

  • Recent research has unveiled the stress-inducing nature of home relocation, surpassing life events like becoming parents or experiencing a divorce.
  • The emotional strain is heightened during home relocation, as reported by 47% of participants, while anxiety levels rose for 41% of respondents.
  • Concerns over unexpected costs were noted by 40% of participants, and 37% expressed a strong dislike for packing and unpacking.
  • More than half of the participants (58%) acknowledged spending beyond their initial budget for their latest property, and a third retrospectively wished they had saved more before diving into the commitment.
  • The decision to move was primarily driven by a need for larger living space (42%) or a desire for a lifestyle shift (26%).

Embracing stress as part of your relocation journey

It's important to understand that stress is a natural human response to challenging circumstances. Stress is a normal part of the process in the context of moving. Recognizing this can be one of the tips for making moving less stressful, paving the way for a more stress-free move.

Allotting ample time for the move

One of the critical steps in the moving process is ensuring you have enough time to complete all necessary tasks. Start packing early and create a moving to-do list to make the process less anxiety-inducing.

Creating a strategic moving plan

Whether moving for a job or because you are getting married, having a comprehensive plan for your move can significantly reduce moving stress. This includes creating a moving checklist, listing needed moving supplies, and identifying any storage unit requirements.

Beginning with minor tasks

Starting with smaller tasks can be much more manageable than tackling larger ones immediately. This could include packing items you rarely use or sorting out cleaning supplies. Small wins like these can make you feel like you're progressing and help reduce stress.

Tackling one room at a time

To stay organized, focus on packing one room at a time. This avoids the confusion and overwhelming feeling of simultaneously dealing with the entire house. Labeling boxes by room can also be very helpful in the unpacking process.

Implementing a clear labeling system

Having a system to label your moving boxes can make unpacking in your new space a breeze. This could be as simple as using different colored markers for rooms or listing the contents outside each box.

Initiating packing well before moving day

The earlier you start packing, the less rushed and stress-free your move will be. Packing beforehand allows for careful handling of your belongings, ensuring they arrive safely at the new location.

Engaging the services of expert movers

Considering hiring professional movers can be a huge relief. Professional movers can handle everything from heavy lifting to ensuring the moving truck is packed efficiently, offering a more stress-free moving process.

Soliciting assistance

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Whether it's a family member, a friend, or a professional moving company, additional hands can significantly lighten the workload.

Preparing a bag for your first night

Pack an overnight bag with all the essentials you'll need for your first night in your new home. This way, you won't have to rummage through boxes for your toiletries or a change of clothes.

Prioritizing rest

Getting enough sleep is critical during a stressful event like moving. A well-rested mind and body can better handle the challenges of moving day.

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Heather Cummings brings a unique perspective to the world of real estate. After stints as a designer and an architectural sales representative in South Carolina and Virginia, Heather redirected her career toward real estate upon her return to Georgia. She now applies her design skills to help clients make their new houses feel like home. She can also advise her clients on adjustments that they can make to sell their house for top dollar.

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