Moving can be a stressful experience in the best of times—and, for many people, it’s proving to be even more stressful in the midst of COVID-19.
While you can’t remove all elements of stress from the moving process, you can take steps to minimize stressors and make the experience less stressful overall.
But how, exactly, do you do that?
A recent video from realtor.com outlined key tips to help take the stress out of moving, including:
- Move during the week. Most people move on the weekends—which means it could prove more challenging and expensive to get the moving support you need (like movers or a moving truck) on a Saturday or Sunday. Moving mid-week, which is considered an off-time for moving, can help make the process less stressful and more affordable.
- Only pack what you need. Moving all your things from your current place to your new home can be stressful—especially when you’re packing, transporting, and unpacking a bunch of things you don’t actually need. Before you pack, take stock of your possessions—and get rid of anything you don’t want or need before the move.
- Set a moving budget. All the expenses of moving (like moving supplies, movers, and ordering takeout while all your kitchen gear is packed up) can add up quickly—and all those extra expenses can create financial stress, especially if you spend more than you intend to during the moving process. Make sure to create a budget for how much you want to spend during the process of moving—then track your expenses to make sure you stay within that budget.