Preparing to Move to A New House


It’s well-known that moving is one of the most stressful events you can undertake in your life. Your whole existence is being uprooted and transplanted, and there are so many things to consider, deadlines to meet and tasks to be organized it’s not surprising it can be so stressful. There isn’t an easy fix for such a momentous event, but there are certainly plenty of ways you can reduce the hassle and make moving a more orderly affair. Not surprisingly, the key to getting it right is planning.

The importance of planning for your move

Good planning is the best way to reduce unnecessary stress when it comes to moving. There are two main reasons for this:

  • The more you can do in advance the less; you will have to do when everything is coming to a head.
  • You will be able to secure the best deals and the dates you want for the removals, get your leave sorted at work, get the kids on board, as they will have changes in their routine too, and make any preparations for renovations, remodeling or decorating that needs to be done on the new house.

If you leave all these things to the last minute, you will be overwhelmed with tasks to arrange and problems to deal with, and it’s likely that something will get forgotten along the way. This will just lead to more stress, that could have been avoided.

Long-term planning

As soon as you make the decision to move, you can start making some initial plans. Say you’ve got your eye on a particular area and are know you need to research Real Estate San Diego. You’ll know what sort of distance everything will need to be transported, you can start getting quotes from removal firms, and you can think about how you want to travel. Will you need to stay overnight en route for example? You can also do any repairs or redecorating that your present home needs, and get all your paperwork in order, so you are ready when an offer is made. Make sure you read everything in your house inspection report, so you are aware of any problems and whether you are prepared to deal with them – and don’t forget to ask for a reduction in the price if anything comes to light that wasn’t declared in the particulars.

Medium-term planning

This is where you can start looking at the sorting and packing. It’s one of the lengthiest chores, so it pays to get started as soon as possible. If you are able to employ the removal firm to do your packing, this will save a lot of effort, but if that isn’t an option then make a plan for each room in the house, packing a little at a time starting with all the things you won’t need again until after the move. This is a perfect opportunity to sort through all your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t use or want anymore too.

Make your move less of a chore by making plans and getting organized, so you can enjoy being in your new home without feeling too shattered!


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