Moving to a new home can be one of the most stressful events that you will encounter, it’s expensive, it’s time-consuming, and it’s physically demanding. As well as this, you are moving away from a house full of good memories and that is familiar to you, meaning that the move can not only be physically demanding but mentally also. There are many simple things that you can do, however, to make the moving process easier.
When moving to a new house, it is easy to be so preoccupied with the actual move itself that you forget to fill out all the necessary paperwork and documents. Some of the most important companies to inform of the move are your bank, pension, schools, employers, doctors and any company or institution that requires your address. It is vital when you move that you remember to organize a time to terminate your landline and internet connections, as well as the power supply to any of your utilities – you don’t want to keep paying bills for a home you don’t live in!
Once this is done, however, do not forget to arrange for these services to be reconnected once you have arrived at and settled into your new home, or you could be in a situation where you have no power for an unknown length of time.
When moving to a new house, packing can be a chore to begin as there can be so much that needs packing that it is difficult to know when and where to start. The key to effective packing is to pack early. Leaving the packing until a week or two before moving day can be extremely stressful and it is more likely that things will be misplaced or forgotten in the hectic nature of the move.
Make sure that you pack the least used rooms first, as you don’t want to pack away items that you use on a daily basis first. Items such as seasonal decorations should be amongst the first things you pack. Every box should be labelled with its contents, as this will enable you to not only unpack more efficiently but should also reduce the chance of any items being forgotten, as you can check the side of the boxes to ensure that everything has been packed.
If you have too many boxes and need extra room, or it is not possible to move your belongings into your new home straight away, there are plenty of storage facilities in which you can safely and securely store your belongings without any worries. All you need to do is do a quick Google search for your companies in your area and you can pick through the best options. For instance, those looking for Toronto storage facilities will come across the company Philips Moving who have a warehouse which is monitored by 24/7 security which is also climate controlled to ensure your belongings are kept safe. When selecting a local storage company, this is one of the key things to look for.
Ask for Help
Whether from professional movers or friends and family, if the move is becoming too stressful for you to manage it is okay to ask someone for help and support. Not everyone will be able to help you last minute, however, if you ask around a week in advance it will give your friends and family time to try and accommodate.
If you’re finding it difficult to move everything you need to in your car or are having trouble finding or are unable to drive a van, you can always hire a professional mover to not only drive the boxes to the new house for you but also to load and unload the boxes. This is also a great option if you are in poor physical health or have a health condition that limits the amount of physical exertion that you can do.
When you are doing lots of physical exertion and are under mental stress during the move, it is important that you stay both physically and mentally healthy. Ensure that you get lots of rest and sleep at least eight hours during the moving process because mental exhaustion will hinder your ability to move quickly, efficiently and safely. As well as this, making sure that you catch up on your sleep and get lots of rest will not only benefit your mental health but also give your body a well-needed rest. If you’re not used to physical exertion, you must ensure that you don’t push yourself too far and refrain from lifting heavy boxes or furniture. The last thing you need when moving to a new home is an injury.
It is vitally important that you stay hydrated and eat well throughout the moving process. Don’t be tempted to work through the entire day and skip meals, as it can be very dangerous to do lots of physical exertion without having enough energy to account for the physical demand that you are placing on your body.
Whilst moving to a new home can be extremely stressful and physically exhausting, it is important to remember that it is also a new chapter in your life, and the start of a new adventure. It is a stressful, difficult time but there are many ways that you can make the process easier and even have fun with it! Enjoy preparing for your new chapter!