By now, you've probably heard your fair share of moving home horror stories - tales of delayed contracts to valuables getting damaged in transit, and just about everything in between. As a result, it's hardly surprising that 57% of adults rank moving house as the "most stressful life event" they've encountered.
And, while there’s no guarantee of plain sailing, there are some steps you can do to keep your stress levels down during this time. After all, moving home should be exciting, as it gives you that fresh start you’ve been craving.
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With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to stay calm and collected when moving home.
Increase your chances of selling your current property.
The speed at which you can move house often hinges on your ability to sell or rent your current property. As a result, you can lower your stress levels by finding ways to guarantee a quick sale. For example, you could work to impress potential buyers by finding inexpensive ways to add value to your home. While this may incur additional costs, it can also drive up your asking price considerably, meaning it's worth a little investment on your end.
However, sometimes, these changes don’t have to cost any money at all! For example, many studies have found that deep cleaning and de-personalizing your home helps to speed up sales, as it gives viewers the chance to envision what the property would look like if they lived there. While interior work is important, don’t forget to enhance your curb appeal by making your home's exterior presentable too!
Unfortunately, the stress of moving does not dissipate once contracts are finalized or you’ve got your keys in your hand - as you then have to go through the process of actually moving. This is a labor-intensive process, especially if you’re trying to load everything you own into the back of your car. You can cut down your stress (and protect yourself from a lot of back pain), however, by hiring a removal company to do this work on your behalf.
For example, companies such as Two Men And A Truck are moving pros, who can ensure that all of your belongings are brought from your old property to the door of your dream home! As you’re not trying to cram everything into a small space (i.e., the boot of your car), this also reduces the chances of any of your precious belongings or furniture getting damaged in transit and needing to be replaced.
Keep a to-do list.
There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into moving house and a lot of deadlines too. As a result, keeping a to-do list is a great way to ensure you remain on track and focused throughout, reducing the chances of you experiencing any problems that could delay the all-important move-in date. Remember, having something written down often means we feel more accountable to stay on track, and we’re less likely to forget this information too!
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