There are many things in life that can cause you stress and anxiety as a parent. Of course, there is the initial excitement and overwhelming feelings of pregnancy and preparing for your first child, having more can be stressful but once you know what you are doing you tend to feel more confident in your parent choices. But often it isn’t such the big milestone things in your family that cause you the most stress and anxiety, it can be the normal things in life that just happen to need to happen to ensure that you and your lifestyle can move forward. One of those things happens to be moving home.
Let’s be honest, I think many people would agree that moving home is one of the top things that can cause you stress and anxiety. It is supposed to be one of those things that you enjoy doing, and it should be quite exciting. But, packing and then unpacking. Parting with lots of money and the general upheaval of it can leave a bit of a bad taste in your mouth. Some have even said that once they go through it, they are put off ever moving again. But yet, sometimes, we need to move for reasons such as needing more space or just because other aspects of our lives have dictated it. Which is why I thought I would share my top tips to help prepare yourself and the family for any moves you might make in the future.
Starting the search means knowing what you want or need
One of the first things you need to consider is what you want and need from this house move. What caused you to even consider moving home? Was it the need for more space? Do you need more bedrooms or are you thinking about investment. Knowing what you want is going to help you find the right property for your family. It can be hard to understand what you want, so if you are struggling, take some time to write down the wants and needs versus what you can’t negotiate on. For example, is there a minimum requirement of bedrooms or living space that is needed? However, for the right type of space and area would you consider renovating a property? Having these ideas in mind will help you narrow down any property search.
What is your budget?
The next thing you need to think about is the budget you have to spend on your next property. This could ultimately depend on the valuation that you have had for your current property, if you are in that position. But it could also be indicated from the amount of money you have saved and also the amount you qualify to get in the form of a mortgage. A quick look online to try out a housing loan calculator could be very beneficial as these tend to give you ideas on monthly prices, which in theory is the most important aspect. You may also need to consider whether you will need any extra money for the pot in terms renovations or putting your own stamp on the new place.
Prepare any younger members of the family weeks in advance
Moving home can really affect us, but more so for the younger members of the family as they get used to new surroundings, a new bedroom and a new environment. It can be quite hard to process. So spend some time a few weeks in advance and talk about what is going to happen. Remind them that you are moving, that you are all embarking on a new adventure and pinpoint some of the fun aspects of the new place. That might be the big garden, a bigger bedroom, or even being close to a park or something fun and recreational. You know your family better than anyone, so just decide what will keep them happy. It might also be wise to involve them in the decision making process. Perhaps take them along for a second viewing of a property you like, or show them once all the negotiations have taken place so that they don’t pin their hopes on something new.
Consider how you pack up your old place ready for the move
It is important that you take the time to pack up your old place with your new home in mind. You may have already decided where certain piece of furniture might be displayed or even what ornaments and things you want in each space. When packing, think about this and pack for the new rooms in your new home. It can be really hard to do this at times, especially if you are going to a house that is more larger than your current residence. But taking the time to do this could save you a lot of hassle when you arrive at your new place. In terms of your children, try and help them pack a box that they may want to access straight away. Perhaps include some of their favourite toys, some pyjamas for the first night and a few other essentials that they may want straight away. This avoids any last minute searching before bed if you are looking for the teddy they just can’t seem to sleep without. Finally, an emergency box for you will be essential when you first arrive. Fill it with cordial, snacks, your toiletries and other things that you need for that important first evening. It just takes the stress away from when you first get in there.
Think about hiring in the professionals to help
Sometimes it is just worth it to hire in the professionals when it comes to moving home. After all, we can often forget the upheaval of moving and how much hard work it can take. Especially if it has been a while since you last did it. Maneuvering furniture in between door frames and lugging boxes from one place to another is not easy work, I can assure you. There will always be moving companies local to you and they can really take on as little or as much work as you want them to do. From packing up your whole house and taking care of the process to just providing the transport and the extra arms for the heavy lifting. Of course, different services will also vary in price so take that into consideration when it comes to your moving costs. Perhaps if you do have a young family getting the professionals to do the hard work might not seem like a bad idea. It may take some of the stress away from the actual moving process and perhaps make it a little more enjoyable.
Don’t forget to inform people of your new address
Finally, so many people can forget to inform there family and their friends that they have moved house and give them their new address. There will be people who want to congratulate you on the move as well as know how to get in touch with you for birthdays and Christmas. You can also forget to tell utilities and bill suppliers, so you might also want to organise a post redirection to avoid any nasty and unwanted letters or missing of payments. A good way to do this is to send out a postcard to everyone with your new address, and slowly respond to people and companies who end up contacting you via your post redirection.
I hope that these tips help you prepare yourself and your family when it comes to moving house.
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