Min­imise stress when mov­ing

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

PRO­CRAS­TI­NA­TION can be your worst en­emy when you move house.

Ac­cord­ing to Mov­ing Ser­vices, which is an an ini­tia­tive of First Di­rect So­lu­tions (a di­vi­sion of Aus­tralia Post) plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing in ad­vance, can re­duce stress, mis­takes, and un­nec­es­sary ex­penses on mov­ing day.

Whether you’re mov­ing across town or across state and coun­try, or­gan­i­sa­tion when you move house, will make a world of dif­fer­ence.

This will pre­vent you from fall­ing into the fa­mil­iar stereo­type that mov­ing is one of life’s most daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Be­gin by cre­at­ing a check­list that you can stick to through­out your move.

It should in­clude a clear time­line of when to gather pack­ing sup­plies, pack your be­long­ings, sched­ule movers (if you are us­ing them) and no­tify your change of address, prior to mov­ing day.

Try never to leave any im­por­tant task un­til the last minute when you move house.

Mov­ing with chil­dren

How can I re­duce stress when mov­ing house with chil­dren?

Try en­cour­ag­ing your chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in the re­lo­ca­tion, re­gard­less of their age.

Most chil­dren tend to act up if they feel un­com­fort­able or scared about mov­ing.

You can ease your child’s fears by ask­ing for their help in pack­ing their be­long­ings, tak­ing them to their new home in ad­vance to get ac­cli­mated and al­low­ing them to give in­put in dec­o­rat­ing their new room.

Mov­ing with pets

Pets can of­ten pick up on the stress of mov­ing house to cause be­havioural is­sues or even pos­si­bly trig­ger them to run away.

In many cases, it’s best to board a pet in a ken­nel dur­ing re­lo­ca­tion so that they don’t get lost or stepped on dur­ing the move.

If your pets get anx­ious eas­ily, you can use a pheromone prod­uct for cats or dogs that will nat­u­rally help them feel re­laxed.

In­tro­duce your pet to the prod­uct three to four days in ad­vance so they can calm down by the time you move house.

Hire an all-in-one mov­ing ser­vice

If you feel like you’re over­whelmed in plan­ning your move, hir­ing a multi-pur­pose mov­ing ser­vice may be your best bet.

An all-in-one mover will pack, move, and store your be­long­ings for you, for one flat fee.

In­stead of hir­ing a mov­ing ser­vice, pack­ing your be­long­ings your­self, and rent­ing a sep­a­rate stor­age fa­cil­ity, a multi-pur­pose mov­ing com­pany will do all of the work for you.

This will free up your time as you move house so that you can fo­cus your at­ten­tion on more im­por­tant tasks, like suc­cess­fully ac­cli­mat­ing your chil­dren and pets to your new home.

With a lit­tle proac­tive plan­ning, mov­ing can ac­tu­ally be a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence with min­i­mal stress.

Top mov­ing tip

Help your kids re­lax prior to mov­ing day by tak­ing them on a tour of your new neigh­bour­hood.

Point out lo­cal parks, shop­ping cen­tres and movie the­atres so that they have some­thing to look for­ward to af­ter re­lo­ca­tion.

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