According to mental health professionals, moving to a new house for some people can be almost as stressful as other significant life events such as going through a divorce or losing a much-loved job. All three involve change, pushing us outside our comfort zone, which can lead to stress. However, if the changes are expected, and the transition is well-planned, the risk is reduced.
A Checklist for Every Task
The best way to plan for a move is to develop a comprehensive checklist of every task. In most cases, some things will need to be done in the weeks before the actual moving day, then continuing right through the move and sometimes after. Missing any of these tasks could lead to delays, confusion, and financial loss.
The Fourth Week from Moving Day
If you are compiling a checklist for moving, it should include tasks for the fourth week from moving day, then the third, the second and the week of the move. In the fourth week, identify and dispose of anything that is not making the journey. A garage sale, donations to charity and a dump run will do the trick. It is also time to book the moving van.
The Third Week
Start administration tasks in the third week. If your move is long-distance, organise copies of personal information such as medical and immunisation records and if you have children, advise their current school, and arrange transfers. Back up your computer and secure the backup. Source packing boxes, strong tape, and large black marker pens, then start packing items you will not need before the move. Mark the boxes as they are packed, room by room.
The Second Week
By the second week redirect your mail, advise changes of address to relevant parties, finalise insurances and confirm arrangements with the movers. Book house cleaners if you are not doing this yourself but keep the utilities connected until the cleaning is finished. Set aside appliance instruction books for the new occupants.
The Home Stretch
In the final week, arrange connection and disconnection of all utilities. Pack overnight bags for everyone, including favourite toys for little ones, so you are not trying to locate essential items on arrival. On moving day, turn off the hot water system and lock all the doors and windows before you leave.
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