According to experts, moving houses is the third most stressful situation in a person’s life, not only because it affects the entire family and the amount of things you need to move, but also for the thousands of other aspects one has to keep in mind. To make the move easier and less stressful, you must carefully plan all the activities that are going to happen, so making a list to keep track of all of them is a good idea.
Get everything in order
Choose what you really want out in your new home and get rid of the things you no longer need. Make an inventory of belongings. Once you have everything sorted out and packed, find the company that performs the move. Make a list of correspondence and report the change of address, and, of course, do not forget to tell your family and friends about you changing house. If you have children, notify the school and make arrangements with school buses.
Inform everyone important about your move
Report the new address in the mail and tax agencies and change the address on a driver’s license and vehicle registration. Confirm new phone number and date of connection. It is important to take the time and cancel newspaper deliveries, subscriptions, domestic services such as gardeners or cleaning, etc.
Change the locks on your new home
When it comes to your actual new home, do not forget to change the locks. You never know who could have the copy of the key. This might seem pretty unimportant to you if you have a good connection with the previous owner, but it will still bring you a peace of mind later on.
Even if the house seems to be completely clean, clean it again. You are the one who is going to live there so make sure that everything is nice and sanitized according to your own needs and personal requirements.
Take care of your walls and ceilings
If you do not like the current paint or wallpapers, paint them again according to your taste. This is quite a time consuming task, so, if you do not have any of your friends and family members to help you, it is best to hire a professional, especially if the walls have some kind of damage on them. If you are not sure what color to choose, it would be wise to paint everything in some kind of neutral tone, to avoid any unnecessary cost at the beginning of your new life in a new home.
Check the installations
Be sure to check water meters, gas and electricity, especially if you bought an older house. Most of these houses do not have an adequate fire protection and therefore, getting professional services to be fire safe and installing everything essential for a calm living is of utmost importance.
Pack the most necessary things separately
Prepare a ‘survival kit’ with items that will be needed immediately in the new home, such as electric kettle, soap, dishes, openers, clean clothes, flashlight, screwdriver, toilet paper, knife, etc. These items should be packed in a separate box, to ensure that it is taken first.
Moving is stressful and it is hard work. Take leave from work to avoid added pressure of the office. This will allow you to focus on the move, get things done and keep your sanity. The time out from work should also allow you more time with the family, since the most important part of a new house are the people who live there.