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5 Ways You Can Make Moving Less Stressful

5 Ways You Can Make Moving Less Stressful

Laurie Larson

 

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Did you know that moving homes is one of the most stressful events you will experience in your lifetime?

 

Whether you are switching apartments or single family houses, the common stressors are all the same when it comes to planning, organizing, and packing most effectively.

 

Moving can seem like a never ending process that takes longer than you thought it would, but using the following five tips, you can make moving less painful, stressful, and nerve racking.

 

Accept the Reality of the Situation

 

You must first accept that no moving job is not going to be stressful, even if you think you have less belongings than you used to. It is easy to underestimate or kid yourself on how much stuff will need to be sorted through and discarded or brought with you.

 

The stress will be less of a setback if you are ready for and anticipating it. Stress is a natural response that you cannot necessarily fight; in fact, stress can work for you and be a good thing. So embrace it!

 

Prioritize Your Packing

 

As part of a moving strategy, it is important to prioritize, or else it is easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. Start with the necessities, packing what you will need for the first couple of days and nights you will be staying in your new home.

 

This packing includes your survival kit, toiletries, a change of clothes, medicine, and any other essentials you need. Keep this packing with you instead of inside the moving truck so you have it while you are in-between homes.

 

Once you have the bare necessities that will last you for a few days, be strategic about the next round of packing you choose to do. If you need to hit a milestone to feel accomplished, you can continue by packing up space taking non-essentials, like china and all the old books on your bookshelf. Knocking those out can give you an encouraging boost.

 

Remember to pack a little at a time and take your time. Try packing one room at a time, and ask someone in advance to come over to tackle tougher rooms to pack like a kitchen.

 

Stay Organized and Purge, Purge, Purge

 

Prioritizing is one method of staying organized, and labeling is another. Labeling your boxes either with what the contents are or by color coding is essential. The last thing you want is to have tons of boxes in your new garage and have no idea what’s in any of them.

 

In addition to labeling, it is important to separate key documents like passports and other records in one easy to remember place that won’t get lost in the shuffle. Another great way to stay organized and not get super stressed is to simply throw away what you no longer use or need.

 

Decluttering means less boxes to pack and less headaches when you get to your new home, when you open boxes labeled ‘miscellaneous’ and have no idea what to do with the contents. Take this time when you are moving to purge items you have not used in two years or more. It’s worth making the tough decisions on what to keep and what to throw away before you move into the new home.

 

Don’t be Shy - Ask for Support

 

Your true friends are the people that will show up and help you on your moving day - family members included. Do not shy away from asking for help, and don’t convince yourself that if you just work hard enough and long enough, that you can do it all yourself.

 

If you are all alone in the area you live, it is worth hiring professional movers. Some moving companies both pack your belongings and move them, so you may want to look into pricing options for both.

 

It is important to do your homework on moving companies and pick the one you both trust and that has good online reviews. Word of mouth is important too. Schedule a meeting in advance where they visit your current home so they can give you an accurate moving estimate.

 

Remember to Take Care of Yourself

 

It can be easy to procrastinate with moving tasks and then try to pull an all-nighter to be ready for the actual, scheduled moving day. The less you rest, the more stress you will bear.

 

If you have significantly less sleep for a few nights in a row, then you will experience sleep deprivation symptoms like irritability in addition to stress, which is not a good combination when moving! The more time you invest in taking care of yourself and properly resting, the more efficient you will be in the moving process.



Along with these five tips, it is also important to be mindful of safety precautions when moving you and your family, as well as often unanticipated moving costs. Moving can be part of such a huge step in life, so use these tips to cut the stress of this life transition in half.

 

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    Minimize Distractions When House Hunting

    Finding the right house that meets your family's needs is an important decision; it's one that can affect the quality of your life for years to come. That's why it's especially important to be in a focused, resourceful state of mind when house hunting. It's also helpful to have a clear idea of what you're looking for and have a system in mind for comparing the strengths and weaknesses of every house you visit.

    Knowing What You Want

    Chances are, you're going to approach your house search with some preconceived notions about features like the floorplan, bedrooms, and number of bathrooms. You may also have strong preferences for a particular school district, the size of the back yard, and proximity to neighbors. One thing's for sure: There are a lot of details on which you'll need to concentrate as you meet with your real estate agent and visit different homes for sale. While conditions are not always ideal for taking it all in, here are a few tips which may help you get the most from the experience.

    • Work from a checklist: Before plunging into a serious house-hunting campaign, it's a good idea to prioritize the features and characteristics you're looking for in a new home. Ideally, you should have a separate copy of the list for each home you visit and create a simple rating system for evaluating how well each property lives up to your expectations. Make note of your impressions and take a few photos of key rooms, such as the kitchen, master bathroom, or whatever areas are most important to you. As a courtesy, ask the real estate agent if they or the homeowner would mind if you took some pictures.
    • Arrange childcare if possible: When you're going over important details with your real estate agent or visiting a listed house for the first time, you'll be able to get more out of the experience if you can devote your full attention to it. Children, especially young ones, tend to be more focused on their own agenda, including hunger, boredom, sibling conflicts, and the impulse to wander off on their own to explore unchartered territory! When the opportunity arises to check out a potential new home, you'll want to have 100 percent of your mental and emotional resources available to appreciate and absorb all the details, nuances, and possibilities of a house that's for sale. Since "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry", it won't always be feasible to arrange alternative (and sometimes last minute) childcare plans for your little ones. When it is possible though, you'll have more of your wits about you for the important task at hand.
    • While it's unrealistic to always expect house hunting to go smoothly and without a hitch, a focused and organized approach to finding the home of your dreams will always yield the best results!

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      How to Make Sure Your Moving Day Goes Smoothly and Safely

      Moving day; you’ve waited months for this day to arrive, working hard to make sure you, your family, pets, and belongings are ready for the big move.

      With all of the preparations and various people involved, it’s easy for moving day to become dangerous.

      To ensure that you and your family have a safe and smooth moving day, I’ve provided some tips that every mover should keep in mind.

      Make plans for pets and young children

      The last thing you want on the first day in your new home is to be wandering around the neighborhood looking for your dog who slipped away during the move. If possible, make arrangements for pets to stay with friends or family for moving day to make things easier.

      If you need to bring your pets along, it’s a good idea to put them in a “playroom” with their toys, water bowl, etc. while you have the door to the house open. Not only will it stop them from running out, but it will also prevent you from tripping over them while you carry the couch.

      Don’t be a hero

      It’s our tendency to want to do a job ourselves if we want it done right. But, when it comes to moving, that philosophy can lead to a thrown out back and a damper on your plans.

      When it comes to getting large and heavy objects in and out of the house, make sure you have at least one other person ready to lift with you.

      Stack from heaviest to lightest

      It may seem obvious, but in the confusion of a move, it can be easy to pack your truck or van in a less-than-ideal way. Rather than playing Tetris with your boxes, try to focus on weight instead. You don’t want heavy boxes near the roof in case they fall on you or on your other belongings.

      Place the largest and heavier items in the van first. This will allow you to plan the rest of the load around them, rather than having to move them around to make room.

      Take a breather

      As tempting as it may be, you don’t have to finish everything in one day. As long as your truck is locked and secure, it’s okay if you don’t bring in every single box. Resting throughout the day and staying hydrated, especially when moving in the summer, will help you stay sharp and ready to keep working.

      Have an emergency plan

      If you take precautions, you most likely won’t have to worry about emergencies. However, accidents do happen and it’s best to be prepared for them when they do. If you or a family member requires medication, make sure it’s handy and that everyone knows where it is.

      Similarly, label your first aid kit and keep it with your necessities during the move.

      If you follow these tips, your moving day should be a simple and safe process and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time.

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        How Pressure Washing can Increase Curb Appeal

        Pressure washing your home can be an excellent way to increase curb appeal on a budget. A good pressure washer can be used to clean vinyl siding, windows, driveways, decks and sidewalks.

        You can buy, rent, or hire a pressure washer. And, there are a number of different types of machines available. So, in this post, I’m going to give you some tips on pressure washing your home to increase curb appeal and discuss which option might be the best for you.

        Buying a pressure washer

        If your next move is to a new home with vinyl siding and you plan on living there for several years. You may find that buying a pressure washer is the best option for you.

        Many pressure washers pay for themselves after 3-5 uses. However, high end washers can be much more expensive.

        The first thing to consider when buying a pressure washer is to determine what you’ll need it for and how often you’ll use it.

        If you have a deck, sidewalk, or driveway that sit underneath pine trees, you can bet that they’re going to get dirty frequently.

        If you find yourself wanting a washer more than once a year, it’s likely a safe investment.

        Gas vs electric

        Consumer pressure washers come in two main types: gas and electric. Gas-powered washers tend to be stronger (and therefore more dangerous). They’re also noisy and will require maintenance and tune-ups on occasion.

        Electric, on the other hand, are better for less heavy duty cleaning. They tend to be cheaper, at around $100 - $250 each (vs $250 - $500 for a gas-powered washer), but you do sacrifice some power at the expense of cost and convenience.

        Regardless of which option you choose, it’s important to understand that pressure washers can be dangerous machines if not used correctly. Be sure to fully follow the instructions on your washer and to never point it at yourself, including shoes, or clothing.

        Renting a pressure washer

        If you don’t want to deal with storage or maintenance, renting is a great option for a one-time job. Perhaps your next home will be a condo or townhouse where you don’t have to worry about exterior maintenance. In these situations, a one-time rental can be a good option.

        Power washers can be rented from many hardware stores, including The Home Depot. But, a quick Google search for your area should bring up multiple places to rent nearby.

        Hiring a professional pressure washer

        Pressure washing your home, driveway, or deck is a lot easier than scrubbing them with a brush. But, it still takes a good deal of time to go out and pick up the rental, return home, figure out how to set up the washer and then clean your entire home.

        To avoid the headache (and the potential safety risks), many homeowners hire a local pressure washing company to do the job.

        Hiring a company has its advantages; namely, when you hire a professional (one with good reviews on Yelp and Google), you’re going to get the best results.

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          Approach the Homebuying Journey with an Open Mind

          If you're ready to pursue your dream house, it generally is a good idea to enter the real estate sector with an open mind. In fact, there are many benefits to keeping your options open as you search for your ideal residence, and these benefits include:

          1. You may be able to discover a bargain.

          As you kick off your home search, it helps to pursue houses in a wide range of cities and towns. Doing so can help you separate your dream home must-haves from your wants. Also, this may enable you to find an affordable residence that matches or exceeds your expectations.

          There is no telling whether a real estate market will favor buyers or sellers. The housing sector fluctuates constantly, and a buyer's market today may morph into a seller's market tomorrow.

          Luckily, if you maintain an open approach to buying a house, you can remain patient as you search for your perfect residence. Perhaps most important, you can capitalize on homebuying opportunities as they become available and avoid the temptation to overspend on a house.

          2. You can move quickly to acquire your dream residence.

          With an open approach to the homebuying journey, you should have no trouble moving quickly to acquire your ideal residence. If the opportunity presents itself to buy a great house at a terrific price, you can submit an offer and proceed accordingly.

          Of course, you should always think ahead before you submit an offer on any house, at any time. If you put together a competitive offer on a residence, you may receive an instant "Yes" from a home seller. Then, you can seamlessly finalize your home purchase and move into your dream residence.

          3. You can minimize stress throughout the homebuying journey.

          Buying a home is a major decision, and as such, stress can be problematic throughout the homebuying journey. If you are open to new ideas as you pursue a home, however, you may be better equipped than ever before to purchase your perfect residence.

          Remember, stress may force a homebuyer to make rash decisions – something that a homebuyer probably wants to avoid at all costs. But if you're willing to take a deep breath and step back from the homebuying cycle at times, you can look at the big picture. And as a result, you can remain calm, cool and collected as you consider all of your homebuying options.

          For those who are looking for extra help in their pursuit of the perfect home, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent too. This housing market professional can share details about a broad array of houses in cities and towns where you want to live. Plus, a real estate agent can keep you informed about new residences as they become available, help you submit offers on houses and much more.

          Make your homeownership dream come true – take an open approach to the homebuying journey, and you may be able to accomplish your homebuying goal faster than ever before.

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            Stage Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

            If you're in the process of preparing your home for the real estate market, get ready to roll up your sleeves and make your home as irresistible as possible!

            While this may sound like an enormous undertaking that you don't have the time or energy to tackle, remember one thing: When you put your home up for sale, there's a lot at stake!

            Generally, the longer your house stays on the market, the less marketable it becomes. If potential buyers learn that your house has been on the market for longer than, say, a few months, one of the first questions they'll ask or think will be "What's wrong with it?" Once questions like that start arising, the overall appeal of your home begins to decline. As you can imagine, your ability to get the highest possible price for your house also weakens over time. That's why it's important to do everything possible to enhance the look and feel of your home.

            Home Staging Counts

            Although effective home staging can be a crucial aspect of selling your house quickly, there is a point at which diminishing returns may come into play. Few home sellers have unlimited time and money to invest in staging their home, and it's easy to go above and beyond what's actually necessary to secure a buyer.

            There are dozens of variables that affect a house selling strategy, including the real estate market and the condition of your home. If it's a "buyers' market" and there are a lot of comparable houses for sale in your neighborhood, then you might have to work a little harder to make your home stand out and attract offers. If you're fortunate enough to be in a desirable area and not facing a lot of competition from other home sellers, then the law of supply and demand should work in your favor! However, it's still important to make the most of your property's curb appeal and the overall appearance of your home's interior.

            The cost of home staging can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, but your real estate agent can provide invaluable guidance on how to cost-effectlively maximize the "eye appeal" of your house and property. While perfection is generally an unattainable standard in home staging (or anything else), optimal results only come from putting your best foot forward.

            Several words to remember and be guided by when preparing a house for sale are "immaculate", "spotless", "manicured" (lawn), "fresh" (looking and smelling), "updated", "well-maintained", and "charming". If prospective buyers are using those words and phrases to describe your home, then you know you're on the right track! Your agent can provide you with helpful insights and suggestions for making a great impression on potential buyers -- without having to spend more on home staging than necessary!

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              Should You Schedule a Second Home Showing?

              A home showing is a valuable opportunity for a buyer, as it enables him or her to walk through a residence and find out what a house is all about. At the same time, a single home showing may be insufficient.

              Ultimately, there are many reasons why you may want to schedule a follow-up house showing, and these include:

              1. You can get responses to any unanswered home questions.

              A second home showing gives you the chance to gain additional insights into a residence. Thus, if you failed to get answers to certain home questions during an initial showing, you may want to schedule a follow-up showing.

              Of course, it often helps to craft a list of questions prior to a showing. This list will help you learn about all aspects of a residence.

              2. You can analyze any potential problem areas in-detail.

              If you want to get a close look at various home issues, you may want to schedule a second showing. That way, you can assess these problems in-detail and determine your next step in the homebuying journey.

              Sometimes, it helps to bring a home improvement professional with you during a house showing. If you have a friend or family member who is a home improvement expert, for example, you may want to bring him or her along for a follow-up property showing. This home improvement expert then can provide comprehensive insights into the condition of the house.

              3. You can determine if a house matches your expectations.

              If you are still on the fence about a home following an initial showing, it never hurts to take a second look at this house in-person. Because if you attend a second home showing and find a house matches your expectations, you then can submit an offer to purchase this residence. On the other hand, if you discover a home is not a great fit for you during a second property showing, you can continue your search for your dream residence.

              As you navigate the homebuying journey, it generally is a good idea to hire a real estate agent, too. This housing market professional will go above and beyond the call of duty to help you find a terrific residence that you can enjoy for years to come.

              Typically, a real estate agent will teach you about the homebuying journey and offer tips to help you prepare for property showings. He or she also will attend a home showing with you and respond to your concerns and questions. Plus, if you want to schedule a follow-up home showing or submit an offer to purchase a residence, a real estate agent is happy to help.

              When it comes to navigating the homebuying journey, it usually is beneficial to err on the side of caution. Therefore, if you strive to learn as much as possible about a home after an initial showing, you should schedule a follow-up showing. By doing so, you can perform a full home analysis and determine if a house is right for you.

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                Become an Expert Home Seller

                Selling a home may seem exceedingly difficult, particularly for those who are adding a residence to the housing market for the first time. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to streamline the home selling process.

                Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to become an expert home seller.

                1. Examine Housing Market Trends

                The current state of the real estate market may play an important role in your ability to maximize the value of your residence.

                For example, a buyer's market may feature a shortage of property buyers. When this happens, home sellers may compete against one another for property buyers' attention more than ever before, leading to below-average home prices.

                It is essential to consider how a seller's market works too.

                In a seller's market, there is a shortage of home sellers. This means you may be in a great position to optimize the value of your residence, particularly if you have maintained a high-quality property. In fact, you may wind up receiving multiple offers on your home as soon as it reaches a seller's market.

                To find out whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market, you'll need to study the real estate sector closely.

                Look at the prices of recently sold homes and find out how long these properties were available before they were purchased. Also, you should check out the prices of comparable homes that are currently available to find out how your house stacks up against the competition.

                2. Consider the Homebuyer's Perspective

                How will a homebuyer feel when he or she sees your residence for the first time? Ultimately, the first impression may dictate whether a homebuyer moves forward with your home or decides to pursue other properties.

                Allocate plenty of time and resources to enhance your home's curb appeal – you'll be glad you did. Completing home maintenance tasks like mowing the lawn and clearing exterior walkways may help your house stand out in a competitive real estate landscape.

                Don't forget to declutter your home's interior as well. By doing so, you can make it simple for homebuyers to imagine what life would be like if they purchase your house.

                3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

                Becoming an expert home seller rarely, if ever, happens overnight. Instead, you may need additional help along the way.

                Lucky for you, real estate agents are available to teach you about the intricacies of selling a home.

                A real estate agent is happy to respond to your home selling concerns and queries at any time. He or she can offer guidance throughout the home selling journey and ensure you can get the best results possible.

                When it comes to selling your home, it is important to do everything you can to optimize the value of your property. And with extra support from a real estate agent, you should have no trouble stirring up plenty of interest in your residence.

                Use these tips, and you can become an expert home seller in no time at all.

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                  What Should You Expect When You Host an Open House?

                  An open house represents a valuable opportunity for a home seller. If a seller plans ahead for an open house, he or she may boost the likelihood of hosting an unforgettable event that showcases the full beauty of a residence. As a result, this seller may receive multiple offers on his or her home as soon as the open house reaches its conclusion.

                  Believe it or not, preparing for an open house can be easy. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a home seller get ready for an open house.

                  1. Perform Extensive Cleaning

                  A neat, tidy home is ideal, particularly for a home seller who wants to enjoy a fast, profitable home selling experience. Thus, if you allocate the necessary time and resources to clean your residence now, you may be better equipped than ever before to host a successful open house.

                  To clean your home's interior, you'll want to take a room-by-room approach. Wipe down each room's walls, mop or vacuum the floors and remove any debris.

                  Moreover, you should spend some time mowing the front lawn, trimming the hedges and performing assorted home exterior maintenance. And if you need extra help along the way, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional landscaping company, either.

                  2. Declutter As Much As Possible

                  Clutter can make it tough for a homebuyer to envision what life may be like if he or she buys your residence. Therefore, you'll want to remove as much clutter as possible prior to an open house.

                  Oftentimes, it helps to rent a storage unit where you can store assorted clutter until you finalize a home sale. A storage unit generally provides a safe and affordable option for home sellers who want to safeguard various belongings over the course of several weeks or months.

                  On the other hand, it may be beneficial to sell excess items online or host a yard sale. Because if you can sell items that you no longer need, you can declutter your home and earn extra cash at the same time.

                  3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

                  Hosting an open house may prove to be challenging, particularly for those who are trying to work alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available who can help you take the guesswork out of getting ready for any open house, at any time.

                  A real estate agent is happy to provide comprehensive support at each stage of the home selling journey. As such, he or she will help you enhance your home and ensure it is open house-ready.

                  Usually, a real estate agent will offer personalized recommendations to help you prep your residence for an open house. This housing market professional also will promote your open house in the weeks and days leading up to the event. And when the open house ends, a real estate agent can provide honest, unbiased event feedback as well.

                  Host a successful open house – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble achieving the best-possible results during an open house.

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                    Buying a New House? Here's How to Most Effectively Compare Homes to Make the Best Decision

                    Buying a new home can be an exciting but anxiety-inducing experience. With so many things to consider, it can be difficult to keep track of the things that matter most to you.

                    This process is complicated further when you discover a second or third home that you like as much as the first and you’re trying to decide which one to make an offer on.

                    In today’s post, we’re going to talk about how you can effectively compare houses to ensure that you’re making the most sensible, long-term decision for you and your family.

                    It’s all about the spreadsheet

                    Today, our method isn’t going to rely on any fancy new apps or paid tools. Everything you need to accomplish your spreadsheet is a tool like Google Sheets (it’s like a free version of Excel) or a simple pencil and notebook.

                    The columns of your spreadsheet will be made up of the factors that will influence your decision. This will include the obvious details like the cost and square footage of the home, but also finer details like its proximity to key places in your life.

                    The rows of your spreadsheet will be the properties you’re comparing. Now, it may be tempting to start listing every house on your radar in the columns of your spreadsheet. However, I think it’s more time-effective to only include the homes that you’re likely to make an offer on. This means doing some hard thinking and having a conversation with your family about your realistic goals for buying a home.

                    What is most important to you in a home and neighborhood?

                    Let’s turn our attention back to the top row of your spreadsheet. We want to fill that section with around 10 factors that are most important to you in a home and the location the home will be in.

                    In this section, you can include the estimated cost of the home and the estimated monthly expenses for owning that home (utilities, taxes, etc.).

                    Here’s the secret weapon of our spreadsheet, however. Rather than listing the actual cost of the home in this row, we’re going to give it a rank of 1 to 5. A score of 1 means the house is a lot more expensive than you want. A score of 5 means the house is the ideal cost. A 3 would be somewhere in the middle.

                    We’re going to use this 1 to 5 ranking system for all other factors on our spreadsheet as well.

                    Next to these costs, you’ll want to add other important factors to your home buying decision. Does it have the number of rooms you’re looking for? If a backyard is important to you, does it provide for that need?

                    In terms of upgrades, how much work will you have to do on the home to make it something you’re satisfied with? For DIY-minded people with time to spare, home improvement might be a welcome concept. For others, it simply would take too much time to accomplish everything you want. So, when you fill out the “Upgrades” column of your spreadsheet, make sure you determine a system for ranking the homes that suits your needs.

                    House location shouldn’t be overlooked

                    It’s a sad truth, but in today’s busy world, the average homeowner spends most of their time away from home, whether they’re at work, commuting, or bring their kids to and from after school activities.

                    You’ll want at least one column on your spreadsheet to be devoted to location. When ranking the location of a home, consider things like commuting time, distance to schools, hospitals, parks, and grocery stores. All of these things will have a larger impact on your day-to-day life than small details of the house itself.

                    Ranking the homes

                    Now that you have the first row and column of your spreadsheet built, it’s time to fill in the details and tally up the totals. These numbers will help inform your decision as to which house is really right for you.

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