While you might think it’s a time for great celebration, and indeed, it should be, the truth is that moving home regularly shows up as one of the top answers when you ask the average person about the most stressful times in their lives. There’s an uncertainty that comes with a move, an unknown future, and a lot of work that can really pile on the stress that comes with it. Here, we’re going to look at some of the ways you can alleviate some of that stress.
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Inform who you need to inform
You do not need any sensitive letters being sent to your old home after you have left it, nor do you need utility companies chasing you up for bills that aren’t your responsibility. For that reason, make a list of all the people that you need to inform about your move. Of course, you should consider friends and family amongst that list, too. For utility providers, don’t inform them until you’re either just about to move out or have already moved, as you don’t want your lights or water to be turned off while you’re in the home.
Plan the move well in advance
When you have a move-in date, start packing, filling up boxes, and getting rid of the unnecessary items as you go. If you’re making a long-distance move, then pair up with a cross country moving team ASAP, as the closer to the move-in date, the greater the chance that they’ll be fully booked. Check on the other side to make sure that you’re able to find parking and pick up your keys so that you can make the moving process as smooth as possible. The more prep you do in advance, the better.
Make sure you feel safe in your new home
Moving to a new area can make it feel strange, which may also make it feel dangerous. Sometimes, getting better acclimated with that area and the people in it can help, but so too can giving yourself a real sense of security. With the help of the right security installations, such as a CCTV system, doorbell camera, or alarm system, you can offer yourself and your home some protection. That can offer you real peace of mind until you get better acclimated to the place.
Introduce yourself to the neighborhood
It’s the unknown that we often fear the most. Taking the time to introduce yourself to your neighbors, where it’s possible or appropriate, can help you make your surroundings a little more known. Good relationships with neighbors are more likely to make them keep an eye out for you in exchange for the same. What’s more, when you recognize the people of your area, you’re also more likely to recognize when there’s someone that you don’t know, helping you know when to be more vigilant and to keep your home protected.
Making a move is going to likely require some stress, regardless of how you manage it. The tips above can at least mitigate the worst of it.