Tips for stress-free mov­ing

Pilbara News - - Property - Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Western Aus­tralia.

They say change is as good as a hol­i­day, but mov­ing house is a change that can some­times bring a lot of stress, es­pe­cially with the an­tic­i­pa­tion of pack­ing, co-or­di­nat­ing re­moval­ists (or fam­ily and friend helpers) and clean­ing up.

Here are four handy tips to re­duce stress lev­els and help make your move the ex­cit­ing time it should be.

Con­sult a real es­tate agent

Be­fore you start your move, it’s good prac­tice to speak to your agent to en­sure your new place is ready, keys have been ex­changed and all nec­es­sary pa­per­work has been fi­nalised. That way you will have the ex­act dates to book in clean­ers and re­moval­ists if needed, for util­i­ties to be switched on and you can smoothly tran­si­tion into your new home with­out any awk­ward mo­ments.

Give your­self enough time

Rather than try­ing to pack, move and un­pack in one day, con­sider spread­ing your move over a few days or a week­end.

If you can, start pack­ing a box or two over the course of a week to en­sure your house­hold items are ready to trans­port (es­pe­cially if you have hired re­moval­ists). This will also cut down your mov­ing time and per­haps avoid you hav­ing to take time off work.

Be sure you don’t pack im­por­tant items too early in the week how­ever, such as toi­letries or cut­lery, to save you hav­ing to ri­fle through neatly packed boxes.

Pack like you’re go­ing on hol­i­day

It might not seem as ex­cit­ing as a hol­i­day but be­fore you move, pack a week­end bag with some cloth­ing op­tions, toi­letries, med­i­ca­tion and snacks. That way you’ll have ev­ery­thing you need once you’re in your new home, with­out hav­ing to un­pack straight away when the ex­haus­tion kicks in.

Share the load

Per­haps your car space is limited or you have no car at all. En­list your friends and fam­ily well in ad­vance to help you move.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can hire a re­moval­ist to cart your boxes to your new place, how­ever be sure to pack ahead and have a plan to avoid mul­ti­ple round trips and save you from added costs.

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