Moving to a new home is always stressful. Throw in a new neighbourhood, or even a whole new city, and everyone involved is bound to feel anxious. We’ve seen our fair share of house moves within Victoria real estate, and have noticed behaviours that lend to a smooth relocation and behaviours that lend to a not-so-smooth one. Here’s what we’ve found to be the top five savvy tips to make your next move as stress-free as possible. With a little planning and organization, this move could be a breeze (and hey, maybe even enjoyable!)
Make a list
First things first: write down what needs to get done. By getting clear on specific tasks (like “donate lamp in attic” or “clean behind fridge”), you’ll break the daunting moving process down into manageable chunks that are simple and accomplishable. From there, assign deadlines to each task by working backwards from your moving date. This will help you prioritize and get things done. Most importantly here, stick to the deadlines.
Sharing is caring, right? So assign each task to a specific person in the household, especially if you live with a large family. Even if you live alone, see if you can convince some friends to help you. At the best of times, moving isn’t a one-person job. If it takes a village to raise a child, we’d argue it takes two to move house.
And finally, the best part of writing tasks down? Cross items off your list as they’re completed. This will free up mental clutter and will help you feel motivated by acknowledging your progress so far.
Now’s the time to go through your items and determine what you can let go of. Whether you’re moving into a bigger or smaller space, there’s always stuff that builds up while living in one location. Take inventory of your possessions, and take the time to consider which ones might not need to come with you to your new home. You can always sell furniture and appliances on sites like Craigslist or VarageSale, or consider donating clothing and household items to people in need through organizations like the Salvation Army or Diabetes Canada (Diabetes Canada will even come right to your door to pick up your donations!)
Update your address for all your accounts, utilities, and subscriptions several weeks before moving day. This will ensure you don’t miss any important mail or notifications and ensure everything’s taken care of in advance.
Pack a first-night-box
We’re glad our friends at Lifehack reminded us of this important, and easily overlooked tip. Most people don’t think to pack a box with all the items needed for the first 24 hours in the new space and end up tearing through boxes to try to find pajamas and a toothbrush. Think through what everyone will need for that first day and night, including clothing, toiletries, and kitchen supplies, and pack all of this into one easily retrievable box.
We hope these tips help you with your move, and best of luck on your next relocation! Thinking about relocating? No problem! Give us a shout and we can help make your dream a reality!