De-stress a move?? As if you can plan a move without living in a stress bubble, right? Well, you may not be able to eliminate the stress completely, but there are a lot of things you can do to keep stress to a minimum before, during, and after the moving process. At Mile27, we offer our clients a free move coordinator and online platform to help keep you on schedule and minimize the stress. But, we also have a few great tips as well:
- Hire Movers – Just knowing that you have a professional handle all the heavy lifting will relieve a lot of stress. Make sure to hire a reputable company, and don’t wait until the last minute.
- Take Inventory – Taking inventory may seem like a lot of extra work, but if you end up needing to file a claim, you’ll be glad you did. Besides, there are a lot of intuitive and helpful moving inventory apps you can use on your tablet or smartphone. Inventory anything in your home you believe is worth $100 or more.
- Label Boxes – To ensure your movers place boxes in their appropriate rooms, make sure they’re labeled. Using a different color sticker for each room makes it easy to identify a box at a glance.
- Find a Babysitter – If you have little ones, moving day’s a good time to arrange time with a babysitter, family member, or friend. You wouldn’t want them to slip underfoot!
- Secure Pets – The last thing you need on moving day is your four-legged friend running out the door in an unfamiliar area. Make sure they’re in a secure place, such as a bathroom or laundry room, and put a “Do Not Open” sign on the door.
- Pack Early – Packing is one of the primary causes of moving-related stress because most people underestimate how time-consuming the process is. Start early so you don’t have to spend every waking minute packing the week prior.
- Relaxation Exercises – You may be amazed at how effective a walk or brief yoga session is at tackling stress. Even deep breathing when you start feeling overwhelmed can help substantially.
- Delegate Responsibility – Of course, no one in the house will ever do things as well as you, but it’s time to at least let them try. Delegate responsibility, even if it’s as simple as having your children pack their toys or your teenager make and pack lunches for the younger kids.
- Plan Meals Ahead – Don’t spend your hours cooking during the week of the move – you have more important things to focus on. Start planning ahead two weeks in advance, and freeze what you can. One week prior, make large batches of overnight oats, muffins, soup, etc., (remember you need to clean out that pantry anyway!) so meals will be effortless on moving week.
- Take a Night Off – You have a ton of things to do, but sometimes, you just need a few hours to do something you love to be motivated again. Go shopping, see a movie, or simply go for a long walk. You’re about to reach a big milestone in your life!
Welcome to your new home and remember, Mile27 is here to be your real estate coach for life! Contact us anytime.