Are you one of 35 million?
Make your move easier and stress free with these helpful hints.
What a different Real Estate market we have seen in the past 24 months… Although many people enjoy having a new place and a fresh start, others are often anxious and stressed. Here are some tips to help make your move easier:
Lighten the load
Now is the time to go through your belongings and really sort what you need, use, or want. If you don’t see yourself utilizing an item in your new place then donate or sell. Numerous sites or apps are available to assist (i.e. Facebook market, Letgo, Offerup, eBay, Craigslist, etc.). Reach out to local charities that accept donations or if you have a lot of items consider working with an estate sale company.
One reason moving is so stressful, we become overwhelmed by all the tasks that need to get done in a short time period. Try to start the process at least a month in advance before your moving date. Take breaks to give yourself the energy needed to recharge before tackling the next room. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water and take minutes to just intentionally focus on breathing. This helps you stay motivated and calm.
Start packing as early as possible, ensuring you’ll be able to organize and prioritize your items. If you know you’re not going to use it until after you move, pack it away. Try to pack by room and number the boxes accordingly. Pack any valuable or irreplaceable items yourself using bubble wrap, towels, bedding, etc. Any items you’ll need right away once arriving in your new home—toiletries, bed linens or work clothes—place into clear plastic bins labeled “open first.” This will save you from having to open any other boxes to find what you need immediately.
Keep in mind pets and children thrive on routine, breaking that with a move can cause them to act out. Take children and pets to parks and trails located near the new house to get them interested in the area and its amenities. Include children in the moving process by giving them appropriate tasks for their age level. Consider hiring a sitter for pets or children the day of the move, allowing you to focus on efficient and safe packing.
There are many things in this high demand, low inventory real estate market that are not in our control. Nevertheless, more than 35 million people or approximately 11% of the population will try to move this coming year. If you are one of them, focus on what you can control with the tips above to make your moving just a bit easier and less stressful.
Written by: Debbie Gurley, Managing Broker
For those who want to sell their home in Aurora, Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Wheaton, Naperville, IL, get in touch with the real estate experts at Miscella Real Estate. Their agents will guide you through every step of the selling process from pricing to closing. Call them today at (630) 232-1570 or email info(at)miscella(dotted)com.