Moving house can be a real pain. In fact, alongside getting married it is one of the most stressful things a person can go through. For this reason, it is not something that people enjoy doing and so it is not recommended as a frequent occurrence.
If you are planning on moving house, it could be for different reasons. Your lease may be up if you are a tenant. A relationship may have broken down. You may be moving for work. Or you could just be uprooting for a change of pace.
Whatever the reason may be it is probably not something that you are going to want to do again in a hurry. As well as being stressful, moving can also be expensive. You are forking out for a new place, and there are agency fees and removal men to pay for too.
Because of this it is imperative that you make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
You need to make sure that you are doing the right thing and that you are moving to the right area for you (or your family).
There are some important factors to consider before deciding whether to move.
What are your reasons for moving?
The reason behind your move is one of the most important factors to consider. Uprooting your life and moving somewhere else (even if it’s just down the road) is a big step in your life. You need to be sure you’re moving for the right reasons.
If you are moving for the wrong reasons then it could be an unhappy transition for you and you may end up miserable. The last thing you want to do is regret your decision to move.
Have you done your research?
Again this is an important aspect of your decision-making process and can help a lot during the transitional period.
Look into where you want to move to and see what the property is like there. And make sure you do it properly. If you were planning to move to New York you’re not likely to want to type ‘Home Search Toronto’ into Google!
Have you looked at the area you’re going to live? What’s the neighbourhood like? What are the schools like? Is there a neighbourhood watch scheme in place? These are all important things to consider.
What can you get rid of?
Packing can be a nightmare at the best of times and if you are moving your whole life it’s likely that you’ll have some stuff you don’t need.
Sort out anything that is not going to come with you in the removal van and throw it away. Or better yet give it away. There are charity shops and clothing banks where you can donate stuff if you don’t want to throw it or sell it.
Pack light. It’s a new step consider it a new you. Whenever we settle anywhere, we always gain more stuff than we need. Shed the weight of unwanted and unused possessions before you start packing. This will make the job much more stress-free.