MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE
Moving into a new house can be exciting, terrifying, sad and stressful all at the same time. On the one hand, you may be excited to be starting a new journey in a new town in a new home; on the other hand you may be a little sad to be leaving behind your friends and your comfortable surroundings. Furthermore, you are probably also a little afraid of what the future holds and stressed beyond belief at how many things need to be done before you have even packed up a box.
According to experts, moving into a new house, whether moving across country or just across town, is the third most stressful time in one's life after divorce and having a baby. Fortunately moving doesn't involve any labor pains or court cases but it does require a lot of organization on your part. One of the ways to combat the stress of moving into a new house is to make a checklist of all the things that need to be done.
Moving Made Easier
Before you even think about packing up your stuff into boxes you need to make some phone calls. Make a list of all the things that need to be changed - your driver's license, for example. You will probably need to change your insurance policy, your water and heater bills, your phone and internet, your cable television and anything else that offers you a membership. You may choose to make all the changes at the post office where you will be charged a small fee but the post office with re-route all your mail and change your address for you. Or you may choose to do it yourself, bit by bit, store by store, membership by membership.
You also need to make a list of all the things that need to be done when you do arrive in your new home and your new neighborhood. This means reactivating all the things as mentioned above. You may also need to check out new parks, new schools, new daycares and new employment opportunities if you have moved a fair distance away from your old home.
There are several different ways to physically move from Point A to Point B. You may choose to move the items yourself making several trips with your own truck or you may choose to use a moving service. You can choose to hire out just a truck or van for the day or you can make the whole situation as stress free as possible and use a moving service that will pack, move and transport your items from your old house to your new one. How you choose to move depends on where you are going, how much stuff you have and what your moving budget is.
When it comes to packing up boxes it pays to be organized. One way to do this is to put all like items in the same box. For example, you may want to put all toys into one box, all photo albums into another box and all books in the house into another box. Or, you may choose to organize the boxes by room. For example, you may have three boxes for the bathroom, five boxes of stuff to go into your new dining room and ten boxes of living room items. Whatever the case, make sure you buy a large tipped black marker, bubble wrap and masking tape to keep your boxes labeled and organized the way you want them. This will make moving into a new house a little less stressful when the time comes to unpack and start again.