Moving homes is both an exciting and stressful experience. It is exciting because it likely means a new city, a new opportunity or beginning a new chapter. It is stressful because it means uprooting your home and your family and moving to a new neighborhood that may be quite different from what you enjoy right now. The moving process itself can be exhausting, but if you break it down into small pieces, you should be able to survive the move and get on with enjoying the rest of your life.
- What to take with you
You can’t take everything with you so now is the time to choose. You can take your memories and that might include all your personal photographs and memorabilia. You should walk through your old house and see what you want to take with you. Things that really stand out should come along for the ride. Everything else can stay.
- What to leave
Moving homes is a great time to get rid of your old furniture and start afresh. Part of the fun of moving is to create a new space and living environment for your family. So, leave the old couches by the curb along with the lava lamps and outdated pieces from your past lives. That way you’ll have room for all of the new stuff you plan to buy.
- Rent or buy at new location
One of the big considerations is whether or not you want to buy a new home right away. That depends on a number of factors including how long you plan to stay and if your move is permanent. You also need to consider the local housing market and if you can afford to buy right now. Consult with a local realtor and do your homework.
- Choosing the right mover
Finding the right mover might make the difference between a dream move and a nightmare. Find a reputable moving company and check their references with family and friends. Then relax and let them do their job of moving you across town or across the country.
- Getting ready
Even with a great mover, you still have lots to do. That includes packing up your valuable possessions and getting them ready to move. Your moving will specify what and how they want packed and may provide you with boxes or containers. If you’re not sure about anything, ask. They will be happy to help and it’s always better to be safe when packing, then sorry later.
6.Check out the new neighborhood
Take a day or a weekend to explore your new city or new neighborhood. Take your kids to see their new school and go for a walk around town and check out the parks or museums. Go for dinner downtown or by the water. See what sporting events and music concerts are coming up and plan to attend.
- Plan your first day
It’s good to have a plan for your first full day at your new home. This is especially true if you have children with you for this experience. Talk with them and learn how they feel. They might be anxious or a little unsure about what to expect, so make sure that both they and you have a plan to enjoy yourselves on that first day. You can start unpacking all those boxes tomorrow.
- Enjoy the rest of your stay
Now that you’ve finally moved you can sit back a little and start enjoying your new life. Join a bowling league or a book club. Get your kids registered for school and soccer or ballet. Mow your lawn or shovel your walkway and meet your neighbors. You have worked hard to prepare for this new adventure and deserve the new opportunity that you are going to. Take the time right now to enjoy the moment and the pleasure of having a new home.
This post is sponsored by Hudson Movers and TriNorthMedia.