As it has been said a thousand times before, moving is incredibly stressful. Even if you finally snagged the home of your dreams or downsized to that perfect-fit home in a golf community for your retirement, moving can be emotionally taxing.
Whether you’re selling or buying a home, the process takes time, energy, money, and a whole lot of resources, all of which make the process one of the highest-rated stressors that any of us will ever face. It is so stressful, in fact, that polls rank it as high as bankruptcy, divorce, and the death of a loved one.
Stress can deeply affect your body, your attitude, your blood pressure, and even your sleep, all things that you need in prime condition to tackle the tasks at hand. More unfortunate, one person’s stress levels can affect the whole family, leading to a lot of tension and even more stress.
Thankfully, there are some great ways in which you can manage your stress during these trying times. The best thing that you can do for yourself and your sanity is to learn to cope with the stresses at hand, as well as preventing future stressful situations from cropping up.
Tip One: Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
The very best way to prepare for what’s ahead is to hire the right agent who will talk you through the process, start to finish before you even begin.
Most realtors can give you a binder of steps and forms to take home and peruse through, but only the best agents will walk you through the process and ensure that all parties are beginning the process on the same ground and understand what to expect.
By preparing yourself for the steps ahead, you can at least roughly map out what is expected of you down the line, what documents you will need to have or procure, and do some of your own research.
Preparation and a roadmap, even a simple one, can help you avoid a major meltdown later on.
Tip Two: Get Rid of Your Clutter
There are few times in life when getting rid of your things feels as good as it does when you’re moving. No one wants to pack or move one thing more than they have to, so sorting through your home’s clutter is a great way to cut down on the stress of moving.
If you have enough time, you may want to organize a yard sale or donate your items for a little extra cash. Decluttering your home can be a major stress-reducer all its own, and with every unnecessary item gone from your home, you will feel a little more stress going away with it.
At the end of the day, the less stuff there is to pack and move, the better you will all feel about the moving process.
Tip Three: Take Time for Yourself
Even if it is just one cup of espresso leisurely sipped at your favorite café twice a week, it is absolutely necessary that you regularly decompress and take a bit of time to quiet your mind.
Many Tucsonans find that stepping out into the sunlight and getting back to nature is the perfect way to combine deep breathing, invite peaceful thoughts, and grab some much-needed you time away from the real estate process.
Whether going for a jog, playing around of golf, or just watching the birds, outside is best for relaxation. Even a long, daily walk with your dog can be a source of stress relief during a move, so be sure to take the time that you need to release some stress and prepare your mind for the next day ahead.
Tip Four: Keep Your Home Ready for Viewing
If you are moving from rental property, selling your home, or buying a new home, there will be someone coming by to take a look at your property. A lot of people find that a lot of the stress from real estate transactions comes from the amount of time and energy you need to put into showing your home.
To combat this inevitable inconvenience, it is recommended that you keep your home “ten minutes ready” during the process. Ten-minute ready means that you keep on top of your home’s clean and clutter-free enough that it can be spruced up in ten minutes or less.
Ideally, you will have a few hours’ notices before someone comes to see your home, but all too often you only have a few minutes. Taking the time to prepare for this is an easy way to ensure that you never have to suffer the sudden stress of tackling a messy house when someone calls and says they’re in the neighborhood and would like to see your home.
Tip Five: Get Out and Have Fun
Keeping up your regular socialization schedule might seem like an impossibility during the stressful time of moving, but it is actually one of the best ways to reduce your stress instead of increasing it.
Visiting with your family and friends is a great way to give your mind a mental break from moving, and it’s also the perfect opportunity for you to commiserate about the whole process with people who love and support you.
Weekend getaways and time away from your home are key to keeping you calm and lifting your spirits. If you can go away for a day or two, even one day trip, you will make a world of stress off your shoulders.