When you’re relocating for your career, it’s always a major upheaval. In fact, after death and divorce, moving home is considered one of the most stressful life events. However, getting organized, so you feel in control of the process is one of the best ways to minimize stress. To help you arrive at your new job calm and un-frazzled, we’ve listed a few of the best strategies for achieving a hassle-free move.
Selling your home
If you’re a home-owner, this can be a major source of worry, as you may not be around to handle the sale. Choose a local realtor with a proven track record and a great reputation to represent your interests. Alternatively, if you need to sell your home fast and free-up equity to purchase a new home, consider selling directly to a home-buying site. The advantage of this option is that you won’t need to carry out cosmetic repairs or spend money on home staging.
Make a checklist
The first step in organizing your departure: make a relocating checklist. Give yourself a few days to make sure you’ve included everything you’ll need to do. There will be two main sections: the first deals with leaving your current home, the second with preparing for your arrival in your new home.
There’s nothing like a home move to provide an incentive to get rid of all the clutter and junk that has accumulated over time. Be ruthless. Chances are you’ll never miss anything you choose to discard, and your new home will only be filled with things, which, as per de-cluttering expert Maria Kondo, are useful or bring you joy.
If you estimate it will take you two days to pack everything, give yourself six days. This will give you time to organize items systematically, and if there are any distractions, you’ll still have time to complete without panic. Label boxes clearly, and this will save you time and frustration when the time comes to unpack.
Prepare your appliances
It can take up to 2 days for a freezer to defrost, so empty yours in good time. Clean it out thoroughly to avoid mold and bacteria flourishing while it’s not running. Prepare all the appliances, such as stoves, microwaves, and TVs, that you’ll be taking.
Get your utilities organized
Don’t neglect your arrival in your new home. Are all your utilities connected? There’s nothing worse than having to camp out in a new home because the power supply isn’t working. Equally important is an internet connection so you can be online and in touch from the moment you move in.
Pack a survival kit
If it’s going to take days or even weeks for your belongings to arrive, make sure you pack and take a separate ‘survival kit‘ with you. Essential cooking items, bedding and towels, toiletries, and changes of clothing will get you the first few days without the need to rush out and buy emergency items.
Overall, when relocating, planning and allowing more time than you think you need will help you achieve that smooth and hassle-free transition you need to get off to a flying start in your new job.
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