Moving House 101
Making a new house feel like home can take some work, but it’s important to do so as soon as possible so that you and your family will be comfortable. It’s not just about unpacking quickly and efficiently; it’s also about making sure you have a plan ahead of time for having utilities turned on, furniture arrangement, decor and lawn care.
It’s also a good idea to ensure that your pets are accommodated and that their needs aren’t overlooked during what can be a chaotic process, since moving can lead to anxiety and stress in animals. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to make your new house feel more like a home. Planning ahead so that you can be prepared for the big day–and the weeks immediately following–is important, as it will help you reduce stress and allow you to enjoy your new place.
It is also really helpful to be organised with how you pack and identify boxes, so areas of the home that will be used the most can be unpacked and ready first, including the content of your wardrobes and the kitchen/bathrooms.
Keep reading for some helpful tips on how to make your new house feel like a home.
Create a plan
Having a good plan before the move even occurs is the best way to get started. Take pictures of the interior of your new home, if possible, so you’ll have an idea of where windows, power points and doors are. This will help you visualise where you want floor rugs and furniture to be placed, as well as where your key décor pieces should go. Taking the time to do this preparation ahead of time, will ensure setting up is quick and easy on moving day.
It will also be helpful to stay organised as you pack by making packing lists for each box, clearly marking on the box which room it belongs to and taking care of the entirety of one room before moving on to the next one. This will help ensure that when you get into the new home, you can place all the boxes in their respective rooms without worrying about misplacing items.
Moving day is hard; you’re mentally and physically drained once you get all your belongings into the new house, but there’s still so much to do! Pace yourself so that you can get as much done as possible; take short breaks every couple of hours, revive with a cuppa and aim to start as early in the day as possible.
To prevent becoming overwhelmed, unpack the way you packed: start in one room, and finish it before moving on. This means hanging pictures, placing decor where you want it, and setting up furniture.
Help your pets get acquainted with their new digs
Many pets have anxiety when it’s time for a move, especially if they’ve only known one home or for animals who were rescued. They may be afraid of change, so help your pets acclimate to their new home and territory by setting out their favourite toys and bedding, placing food bowls in similar spots to where they were in the old house, and allowing them to explore the new place after all your things are moved in, when it’s just you and your family members.
Keep some treats handy to give him as he walks around so he’ll associate the new house with positive feelings. For some more great tips on how to help your pet get used to their new home, read on here.
Moving to a new house is a massive undertaking and is listed as one of the top major life stressors! The key is to start with a good plan ahead of time, be kind to yourself during the day by taking short breaks, go at a slow but steady pace, and stay organised. Being prepared will allow you and your family to feel at home in no time.
Guest article written by Natalie Jones (Home Owner Bliss)