Buying a new house isn’t what most people would consider to be fun. Not only is it stressful and time consuming, if you’ve never done it before it can be hard to know where to even start. Once you’ve picked out your perfect house in the perfect area (remember to research and consider your commute to work and the local amenities like schools, parks and activities for your kids) you might think that the hardest part is over – but unfortunately it’s only just beginning!

Keep Organised

One of the best pieces of life advice is to take a deep breath – but another piece of advice is to stay organised so you keep calm the whole way through the move process. Make sure you start packing as early as you can, so that you’re as prepared as possible. You don’t want to end up having to stay awake for days as you fling everything you own into boxes, bleary eyed with exhaustion and ending up completely disorganised. Pack according to the room that you’re going to eventually unpack in – hire professional movers if you want some help with it, or bribe your friends and family with food and drink if you’d rather spare the expense.

Learn About The Legalities

Moving house is actually pretty confusing for anyone who isn’t a qualified solicitor, and even then it probably isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It’s important to make sure that you do as much research as possible so that phrases like the ‘escrow process’ don’t fill you with panic (and for future reference, Escrow Process – Understanding from Earnest Money Through Closing will explain that piece of confusion for you!). Knowing your stuff will help you feel more confident.

Consider Your Dependants

Let’s face it, kids and pets are never particularly happy about moving house. If you have one or both as part of your household, it’s probably a good idea to find a pet-sitter or baby-sitter for the day so that you don’t have to worry about making sure your cat or dog doesn’t run away or watching your toddler while there are lots of heavy boxes around. Not only will it be better for them to arrive at your new home when it’s a little less messy and up in the air, but it’ll also make the moving process a lot less stressful for you.

Make A First Night Box

Finally, create a first night box for yourself and your family to help you out on that first night in your new home. Include all the essentials that you’ll need for your first night and morning in your new place, from clean sheets and PJ’s to toiletries like body wash and deodorant. You should also include some basic food like bread, spreads and fruit for a quick meal that doesn’t have to be refrigerated and – of course – coffee for the morning……chances are you’ll need the caffeine fix!