5 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Moving

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The nation’s steady progress toward full economic recovery is more than just general public opinion. Earlier this summer, recent data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau showed that sales of newly built, single-family homes reached its highest level in nearly nine years. That’s a very positive sign our economy is heading in the right direction.

As mortgage interest rates remain low and employment continues to grow, more and more home buyers will be moving into their dream homes. But even after loans are approved and sales contracts are finalized, the final step could potentially be the most stressful: packing up and moving in.

Whether your next move is cross country or across the street, keep in mind the following tips:

  1. Set up your cable and internet service ASAP — Believe it or not, life would go on with or without the Internet. But most people would rather not test that theory. Make the necessary arrangements with your provider(s) as early as you can to avoid the inconvenience of a gap in your TV or internet service.
  2. Prevent Pet Anxiety — When the movers come, your pets might not exactly welcome them with wagging tails and friendly handshakes. If you have a pet that won’t take kindly to strangers (the movers) seemingly walking off with your belongings, then you’ll benefit from having a friend or family member take them for the day.
  3. Consider the Kids — Depending on their ages, your kids may need a similar level of attention to that of your pets. Moving is a strain on them too, so making arrangements for a caretaker to look after your little ones while you tend to the move could alleviate a significant amount of potential stress.
  4. Stockpile the Essentials — The last thing you want to worry about on Day 1 in your new home is where you put your toothbrush. Early in the packing phase, establish and clearly label an “essentials” box where you will be able to quickly find important items such as medications, IDs and credit cards, bath products, phone chargers, a change of clothes, etc.
  5. Thoroughly Vet Moving Companies — Not all moving companies are the same. But even though price often aligns with quality, that doesn’t mean you’re obligated to pay top dollar for moving services. Ask around for references, and always check the companies’ websites as well as consumer review websites to look for red flags.

No one wants the process of moving into their dream home to become a nightmare. With proper planning and the right level of support, your move can be smooth sailing from start to finish.

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The Tour of New Homes is presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg Realtors, Louisville Realty Group and RE/MAX. For more information, including a list of Tour homes, visit LouisvilleTourofNewHomes.com or Facebook.com/TourofNewHomes.