Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Moving Homes - Planning To Avoid Any Major Ups & Downs

I mentioned in my Life Lately post for March that we were hoping to move this year. We've been in our home since fall of 2009 and while it's been so good to us, we are starting to out grow it. We finally took a step to get pre-qualified and have an appointment to see a home this Friday in the neighborhood down the street from ours! Moving homes is one of those more substantial changes in your life that is so exciting, but it can be VERY stressful, too. But, before the actual moving process are the never ending administrative tasks. So, when it comes to moving house, what can we all do to make sure that it goes off without a hitch?

Start packing early

We all make the mistake of leaving things until the last minute, so packing becomes a huge stress. As soon as you take the time to assess how many things you need to pack and organize, only then can you realize how much packing and decluttering you have ahead of you. If you have limited items, you can probably fit them into a car, and have family members help, but if not, it's important to take advantage of moving companies. Sites like are one of many that can help make the moving process far less stressful than it needs to be. In the past Matt and I have moved ourselves, but we were living in smaller apartments. Now that we have larger furniture items and have been living in a house for almost 9 years we've accumulated more things and will definitely be calling a moving company to help! By packing everything gradually, it gives you the opportunity to move items out of your home bit by bit, but also, it gives you a better handle on how much of a task you've got ahead of you. If you are making a local move, I highly recommend moving your closets, kitchen, and bathrooms first. When they are not stored, clothing and pots and pans take up so much room. But if you are able to have your clothing hung up and kitchen items unpacked you have more room and counter space for all the other boxes you will have. We did this when we moved into our house and it helped with the clutter immensely! Also, it doesn't make sense to take all your clutter with you to your new home. Consider hiring a company like Eagle Dumpster Rental if you have lots of old junk that can be thrown out.

Budgeting for the move

This is something that many people don't tend to take into account until it's too late. But with the cost of moving, as well as gas, renting a moving truck or movers, buying boxes, and the fact that you potentially have to book time off work, this can all add up to a considerable dent in your finances. It's always best to prepare financially for the big day, whether this means saving money away so you can afford movers or cutting costs by doing it yourself, it's important for you to have a budget.  gives advice on personal budgeting, but we don't always take into account how much moving day can cost overall. A moving company might cost some money, but if you're renting a property, you might have to pay the deposit on the day, as well as a month's rent, and so, the overall cost can add up pretty quickly.

Checking the new home

Before you move in, it's very important for you to do a thorough check of the new place. Whether this is checking the pipes for any potential leakages, or looking to see if there's any insect problems, these can be issues that are terrible to live with if you don't notice them soon enough. In addition to this, checking out the property before all the items go in will be the opportunity to have a thorough clean of the property from top to bottom, but also plan where the furniture can go. If you're moving into a more spacious property, you should take the opportunity to really maximize what it has to offer and if you are downsizing think about what will really fit and what of your things need to be donated or disposed of. 

Moving has its ups and downs, but if you plan ahead, and make sure you structure your planning accordingly, there shouldn't be any major mishaps.


  1. Here's hoping you all find your dream home and get to move soon! Sounds like you're on the right track with your list for a stress free move, or at least less stressful. It's very exciting!

  2. You are 100% right, Laura. Moving is so very exciting and so very stressful. It's also a ton of work. Kent and I have moved 3 times in our marriage. The first was when I was pregnant with Benny and we moved from "his" condo he had when we got married and built our first house. That was super exciting. The next two moves came with much more stress because they were to new places due to job circumstances. The move out here to CA was the most stressful thing I think ever. I should share that in a post...LOL You've give great advice here and I hope you have so much fun looking for your new home. It's kinda like dating and you get that butterfly feeling every time you go in a house and see the possibilities. Good luck!!!! XO

  3. Hope you have the best of luck with your house hunt! Moving is always stressful, no matter how little you have or how short a distance you are going.

  4. Last time I moved was almost 10 years ago and I have to admit it was draining. It was stressful and time consuming, money wise it was also a big thing... I certainly hope yours is much smoother ;) Looks like you're looking into all the details !!

  5. Exciting with a new house! Definitely a great way of getting some new inspiration in life! Xx

  6. These are all good tips! We are not moving, but having the kitchen remodeled soon and I really want to work at cleaning out all of the cabinets and packing away things we don't use very often AND getting rid of old things (like all of the kids old cartoon lunch boxes, etc.). It always helps to be on top of it and organized!


  7. These are great tips! :) It would be great to get a house so close to your current one, good luck! While we haven't found the perfect home yet I appreciate the tips as I'd like to move some day! Our current place is far too small with two boys and all their toys, haha!

    Hope you are having a great week so far! I'm feeling a bit under the weather unfortunately, trying to rest up (as much as you can with two kids, ha!).

    Away From The Blue Blog

  8. It's one of the most stressful things we do, yet it's usually so worth it!!
    It's the disruptions to our everyday life that I think are the hardest part!!

  9. Have fun house hunting.

  10. Ugh...moving is so exhausting, but these are great tips to stay organized and get it at all done. Good luck with your house hunting. Hope you find something that you love!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  11. These are great tips! I hope the house hunting goes smoothly for you! I recently moved and planning and doing things ahead of time can definitely help!

  12. Moving is so exciting, but yes, stressful! You've got a great handle on it, can't wait to see what this year brings for you!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  13. Oh, girl, how I hate moving. I think that stems from my stint as a military wife. Ugh. But sounds like you approaching this upcoming move with such a good head on your shoulders. And moving down the way might make it a bit easier than moving across the ocean. Looking forward to seeing pics of the house you decide on!