What makes moving so stressful?

The process of moving house is notorious for being one of the most stressful events in life. You may have heard of or read about dreadful moving experiences and moving horror stories that involve moving scams, serious accidents, relocation depression and so on. And indeed, there are so many financially and emotionally draining moving mistakes you can make in the relocation process that avoiding all of them to perform a perfect move sounds a bit unrealistic. So, it comes as no wonder that home movers feel quite stressed by the overwhelming number of consequential decisions to make and arduous moving tasks to complete when organizing a residential move. Dealing with moving house stress takes a lot of stamina and requires flexibility, alertness, and composure.

To avoid stress when moving house you need to get familiar with the most important stress factors that may result in a troublesome and nerve-racking relocation experience and to find an efficient way to cope with them.

Financial worries

Moving house is a costly endeavor that tends to use up your savings and drain your wallet, no matter how good at financial management you are. You have no choice but to provide for all the relocation costs and various expenses that are not directly related to the moving process but result from it: new home (rent or mortgage, renovation projects, new furnishing), related paperwork, moving services, insurance, packing materials, cleaning supplies, transportation, cost of living for a couple of months, etc. When you calculate the final costs, you will have every reason to be financially stressed by your forthcoming relocation. To make sure that your financial resources will be sufficient to cover all the moving-related expenses, you need to carefully plan your moving budget and to take advantage of all the relevant ways to cut down the moving costs.

Limited time

Time and money compete for the honorary title of “most stressful factor when moving house”. Time management is as important a skill when preparing for an imminent relocation as financial management. If you fail to correctly assess the time required to complete each of the laborious moving tasks that need to be taken care of prior to your move, you will be forced to rash things and make hasty decisions which can only result in chaos and accidents. On the other hand, if you can properly organize the time you have left before Moving day, you have a fair chance of achieving a smooth and trouble-free relocation.

The best way to prioritize your tasks and keep track of every minute of every hour you have at your disposal, is to create a personalized moving calendar – a detailed to-do list with appropriate time frames for every job. It will allow you to keep your archenemy in check and thus, to keep moving stress at bay. If you are faced with a last minute move, however, and moving day is approaching way too fast, you need to be flexible, stay focused, and get as much help as possible – hire a reputable full service moving company, ask friends and family to help, etc.

Consequential decisions

When it comes to a residential move, each of your decisions will have repercussions for the entire moving process and even for your new life. So, research all your options carefully and weigh the pros and cons of each alternative to make informed decisions about your move and to avoid serious moving mistakes.

  • Hire professional movers or perform a self-move – find out when a DIY move is a viable option and why it is a good idea to ask for professional assistance;
  • Find the best moving company for your moving needs – each relocation scenario is different, so assess your own situation and choose a moving company that meets all your requirements in terms of competent services, available moving equipment, convenient moving date, reasonable price, etc. Just make sure that you are dealing with licensed and insured movers whom you can trust;
  • Set a beneficial moving date – if you are at liberty to choose the time period of your move, take all the relevant factors into account (school year, weather conditions, prices in peak moving season, etc.) and decide on a specific moving date that will be both convenient and affordable.

Disrupted lifestyle

The sudden changes in your lifestyle also contribute a lot to the stress when moving house. Without a doubt, you will be upset and overwhelmed when:

  • you are taken out of comfort zone – all of a sudden your habitual everyday activities will be replaced by hectic moving preparations and exhausting relocation-related tasks which will cause much convenience and will deprive you of sufficient sleep, leisure time, enjoyable activities, etc. Your disrupted daily routine will certainly result in downbeat thoughts and emotional outbursts;
  • there is a risk for your loved ones – if you have small children and/or pets, their safety and well-being will be your primary concern throughout the moving process. Any risk of them being hurt or negatively affected by your move will cause the moving stress to escalate sharply. So, you have to take efficient steps to lower the risks of accidents and to ensure the safety of your kids and pets. What’s more, you need to dedicate enough time and loving care to your dear ones in order to reduce their anxieties and help them accept the changes in a positive way;
  • you have to part with beloved people and leave your favorite places behind saying goodbye to close friends and sometimes even family members will certainly make you feel lonely and disheartened. Leaving your comfortable and cozy home for good is also quite depressing, as is the idea of not being able to visit the special locations in your old surroundings where you used to have so much fun, or to relax, or to practice your favorite hobby activities in enjoyable company. All these factors cause great emotional stress when moving house but you need to remember that your memories are safe within your heart and your mind. Besides, you will be able to stay in touch with the people who matter to you regardless of the distance.

Laborious moving tasks

Every moving related task you need to take care of will be tedious, time-consuming and nerve-racking.

  • complicated paperwork – putting all your paperwork in order requires great efforts and meticulous attention – you need to end your lease agreement or settle your mortgage payments, retrieve the medical records of all your family members and the school records of your kids (if any), change your address, transfer utilities, update your driver’s license and car registration, etc. On top of it, you will have to deal with the relevant movers’ paperwork which can be quite complicated and confusing. Any mistakes will cost you dearly in terms of time, money and troubles, so you have every right to be stressed by the intricate documentation;
  • excess of household items – the more belongings you have to pack and prepare for shipment, the more time and money you will have to invest in the process. So, in addition to the exhausting efforts required to sort out and safely pack the huge number of household items you possess, you will also have to deal with the aforementioned most stressful factors when moving house (lots of time to organize and provide adequate protection to your belongings and higher transportation costs for the heavy shipment). Your only way out of this vicious circle is to declutter your home prior to the move and relocate only the items you actually need and like a lot.

Even when all the preparations are over, you still have to survive Moving day – the most strenuous period of the entire moving process. Have in mind that this is the moment when moving house stress levels reach their peak and you need to harness all your organizational skills, resourcefulness, alertness, composure and positive attitude to avoid troubles on Moving day and ensure the successful end of your moving adventure.

Uncertain future

The mere idea that you will have to brave the unknown (unfamiliar surroundings, new faces, ambiguous future) seems quite intimidating and discouraging. Fitting in a new community is always a bitter pill to swallow – it is hard to get used to a new lifestyle, to establish new relationships and to comply with different social norms, different cultural practices and different points of view. Moving stress and anxiety are the logical response to drastic changes and uncertain prospects.

Moving house stress free may be difficult to achieve but it is still possible. Just consult our insightful tips on how to cope with stress when moving house to avoid worrisome thoughts and panic attacks and to ensure your gratifying moving experience.

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2 thoughts on “What makes moving so stressful?

  1. This is a good article. When I lived in a studio apartment and moved all I had to do was pack up the car. That was fun. Now I’m moving from a house full of stuff. For weeks I have been in constant motion. Not fun.

  2. We’re in the final stages of moving house. We only moved across town but it feels like we’ve gone much further. I think the worst part has been the clutter. I’ve asked my wife a dozen times why we have so much %$#@! stuff? And that’s after two yard sales and donating a small truckload to charity. Seriously, folks, unload as much as you possible can before you move!

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