Moving is a difficult time for everyone in a family. In fact, doctors say it is equal to divorce, death of a loved one, job loss and major illness as one of the most stressful life changes. Moving soon? Read on for Zillow’s advice on making the change easier for everyone.
Send your kids to a friend’s house and board your pet so you don’t have to worry about kids and pets underfoot. Not only will it make things easier for you, it will reduce the worry for your smallest family members.
Make sure there’s room in front of your apartment or house for the moving truck, whether that means getting a permit from your city to save a parking space, talking to the people who live around you about making room on the big day, or holding the spot by parking your cars or friends’ cars in the space.
Make sure you set one box aside and pack it with all the things you’ll need as soon as you move into your new place. Fill it with things like bedding, towels, toilet paper, toiletries, and at least one outfit for each family member. You should also include any medications, toys for the kids, and bowls and food for any household pets. Keep this box easily accessible.
Be sure you stay at your old house until everything has been removed. That way you can double-check that everything get loaded out.
Finally, after your old home is empty, you’ll need to clean it out and you should also do a thorough cleaning of your new place. Be sure you have all the cleaning supplies necessary set aside and ready to go, or just pay a maid to come in and do it to knock one more thing off your to-do list!