Moving home is up there with public speaking, divorce and even death when it comes to the most stressful things we go through in our lifetime.
Believe it or not, but this is what the stats reveal. Yep, people even relate the stress to dealing with death!
Here’s 3 pointers on how to make this huge life event a lot more bearable.
1.Start Early and Plan, Plan and Plan some more.
Plan your move well in advance and allow yourself plenty of time. More time than you anticipate because I’m telling you now, for someone who has moved more than 10 times (yep, that’s me), your biggest downfall will be time.
You’ll underestimate it. Trust me, everyone does this when they move.
And everyone does this when they move the second time, and even the third time around. It’s one of those things that many of us just simply do not learn from when we move house. I’m guilty of this one – hands up!
It’s because you don’t realise how much crap you accumulate over the years and it’s only when you have to move it all that you have the epiphany … why the heck did I buy that third wok?
This means you need to start packing well before you might think you need to start.
Make a checklist of all the things you need to do so you don’t skip a beat in the process.
Even if you’re not a checklist person. Become one. This checklist will be your bible for the duration of the move and it will help to keep your sanity in check when the mountain of work to do starts to make your head spin.
2. Hire help.
Don’t do this alone.
You might think that a removalist is an unnecessary cost but you’ll be regretting it on the flipside.
Start putting together your moving A-Team early in the piece. And I’m not just talking about removalists either.
You’ll thank yourself you hired professional cleaners to clean BOTH the old place and the new one, babysitters to mind the kids, and if you have pets, get yourself a reputable pet transporter if you’re moving any sort of distance to be sure you can transport your pets safely and securely.
If you’re on the hunt to buy a new home, I would be crazy for not recommending you engage a Buyer’s Agent.
For clients moving interstate or from overseas, I manage many parts of the moving process such as connection of services, collecting keys from the real estate agent when the property settles and even so much as organising trades and cleaners so the house is in order when the Buyers move in.
And speaking of buying a new house, this leads me to point number 3.