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Moving House without Losing Your Mind

Updated on October 13, 2015

Selling Your Home

Wow!! We did it. We've finally sold our family home of 10 years. After five months of planning, sorting, cleaning, clearing and generally being crazy busy we have finally settled and sold our family home.

It was no mean feat and took five months of hard work but we have finally accomplished the sale of our home and are enjoying the deliriousness for the moment of being debt free and cashed up and filled with excitement for what the future holds.

At first the decision to sell our home where many of our families happiest and not so happy moments were experienced was a challenge for us, so to was the fact that once you sell in a major city it is extremely hard to buy back into the market. Not nearly ready to retire the longing for a tree change and new lifestyle won out in the end and once the decision was made we began the journey of moving.

For many years now we have longed for a few acres of land somewhere in the country where we could try our hand at self sustainability, perhaps not completely, only ideally, and now we have the opportunity to pursue that dream of chooks and eggs and home grown fruit and vegies and even, growing our own meat. But this hub is not about the next stage. It's about the how to of moving house that won't send you insane.

Make a List

Many of my readers know I love making a list of things when I have a function to organize or cater for. And I have definitely learned that preparation and planning is key when you have a goal to work towards. Hence a list is an ideal way to start. These days I type everything onto to my phones note folder and keep a check of it that way. But however you decide to do it a list is invaluable for success. Especially when moving and or selling a home because the stress of moving assaults your mind in challenging ways and is almost a guarantee that you will forget something important.You will want to include such things as;

Give some thought to the time of year you move. Deciding on the time of year you want to move is important. It seems common sense enough but is easy to forget. If possible aim for a time when the seasons are kind to you. For example if you live in the tropics you will want to avoid the wet, cyclonic summer season. So too it is best to avoid the fury of the snow storms and blizzards that hit the Northern Hemisphere in winter.

It's also good to think about your yearly calendar and check your busiest time at work coming up, major family commitments such as holidays, weddings, social activities or study and exam periods and avoid this time frame if possible.

The cost involved. There is a huge cost involved in moving house but if planned well the cost can be distributed a lot more evenly over time leading up to the move. You will need to consider things like removalist costs; packing boxes,bags,tape etc; costs surrounding a new home purchase ie taxes, stamp duty, solicitor's fees or bond for a rental properties; the cost of boarding your pets if needed; money to settle the last utility accounts ie rates, water, gas, power bills etc. Extra fuel in the car particularly if the distance between the new and old home is quite a way. Money for take away meals when preparing and cooking family meals is just too tiring.

How you want to go about it. Will you do it yourself; hire a removalist; enlist family and friends; do it all in a day or take your time and go at a slower pace.





Work out a time frame

Take care of yourself

Try a Pod

Here's an idea
Here's an idea | Source

Using a Pod

A Pod is a water proof sealed container similar to a shipping container that can be brought to your home and left for you to pack or alternatively can be packed by the removalists that operate the pod.It is delivered to your home and left for as long as you need to pack it and picked up when you are ready. it is then stored at their depot delivered to your next address when you move. You can choose your size either 2,3 or 4 bedroom household capacities are available.

The best thing about a Pod is that it can store your whole house contents for less than half the cost of any other storage facility and is picked up and delivered for you at a reasonable fee. And its a pretty amazing process watching how it's delivered. It arrives on the back of a truck lowered to wheels on the ground and is operated by remote control into your yard/driveway without a hitch.

We chose a Pod for our move because we wanted to take our time with packing up and clear out and downsize as we sorted through our belongings. And primarily because we were not going straight into another home straight away but staying with our daughters on the Gold Coast.

A tip for packing a Pod.

When packing the pod it is important to make good use of every available space. Filling sideboards and drawers with their own contents or other contents can save a lot of space.

Some things to Remember

Storage Boxes
Packing Tape
Bubble Wrap
Use linen for packing, tea towels, pillow slips, table cloths etc are great for packing smaller items and alleviates the extra packing of your linen
Fragile Tape is a must and stuck around each side of your boxes so whoever is moving them can be quite clear to be careful
Number and Label Boxes to make it easier for them to be placed in the appropriate rooms in your new house, it saves time and is less confusing
Ask friends to mind your animals while you do the clean up of yards, especially if pest spraying is necessary
Pack Books in several small boxes instead of larger boxes for easier weight distribution
Embrace the help of willing neighbors to store such items like pot plants, which are difficult to store if you are not going into another home straight awayl
Notify your post office of a change of address or PO box
Freeze some meals in advance for times when wearines and hunger sets in simultaneously.
If u don't have a council clean up service for rubbish removal in your area, pay a handy man or friend with a truck to remove your rubbish as you go. It's good for the psyche to see a job completed.
Be determined to downsize and get rid of anything that you haven't worn or used in the last year or so
Large Plastic Tubs with wheels make great storage for a variety of things and can easily be pushed from room to room.
Notify the utilities company for water, gas, power, phone and internet connection to be cut off.

Time For Coffee

Plan for coffee breaks
Plan for coffee breaks | Source

Don't Stress Take Care of Yourself

If you are thinking of moving or are currently in the process don't let it beat you.With careful preparation and allowing plenty of time to rest up after super strenuous days moving house doesn't have to tip you over the edge. Be kind to yourself, take a deep breath, and take one step at a time. You will get there.


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    • carter06 profile image

      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks teaches, it really is a task needing a lot of preparation..all the best with your decision and the packing and future ahead..glad I could be of some help..cheers

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      We are putting our home up for sale the end of this year. Your article is very helpful in reminding me what preparations I need to organize soon. Yes, the stress will be something to keep under control! Thanks for the tips.

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Flourish pods are a great idea, suited us as we wanted to downsize and sort as we went and take our time to pack we also thought we would do a bit of traveling for a few months and store everything while away. (didn't happen) And they are cost effective.Thanks for dropping by..


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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Till..we are happy here, loving the beauty that surrounds us and feeling grateful to have our own farm..still have to pinch ourselves sometimes to make sure its really true!!


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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I haven't relocated in awhile and the last time we moved we had the benefit of a corporate move but if we did it ourselves again we'd try the pod.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Congratulations! First selling our house, next on learning the ins and outs of packing, and finally on your move. I hope you will be very happy and keep us well informed.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your comment Blossom that's very's very peaceful here and we are loving it!


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting and helpful article. I hope you really enjoy your new home among the bushland.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That is a beautiful area from what I have heard. I'd be sure to read a hub that you write about your new home.

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      That's good to hear..we have moved to Dunoon in the Byron Bay Hinterland..its pretty lovely here & we are loving rural life.. Need to write a hub about it & change my profile

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Carter, I am still here and I think the site will close down before I leave it :) I know what a huge job moving is..have had to do it so many times. I live in Ballogie in The South Burnett region of SE Queensland, 54km from Kingaroy. Where are you now?

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hey thanks Jodah for your comment and vote, much appreciated..good to see you are still here btw, not too many familiar faces around..yeah the pod was great for us and allowed us the time we needed..Whew what a job but we made it..where abouts are you in Qld?


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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thi i a very interesting and helpful hub Carter. Congratulations on selling your house and moving to a piece of land to try your hand at Self-sufficiency. I look forward to reading more about that in the future. I had not heard of "pods" before, just shipping containers, but they ound like a great idea. Voted up.