How To Survive A House Move


It’s up there with one of the most stressful occurrences in a person’s life, together with getting married and going through a divorce and last year a survey discovered that buying a new house can actually be more stressful than going through a divorce or even losing a family member.

I’m not quite sure on the latter but I do know that finding the right house for us has been a long process and definitely up there when it comes to reasons behind umpteen sleepless nights.

So when a purchase does go through, how do you plan to survive your house move? For me, to survive a house move it’s all about organisation, preparation and prioritisation. Sounds boring but sometimes a little of these three elements goes a long way and will definitely help you to remain sane! Well here’s hoping!


  • Our house purchase is going through really smoothly at the moment and in preparation for our move to start off we’ve made sure that our eldest daughter feels involved. This is so important. Making her feel like she’s prepared for the move will in turn help the rest of us get ready for the change.
  • Have a sort through your belongings in advance and chuck out what you no longer need.
  • Think about getting boxes ready for when you need to start packing.
  • Research what removal company you’d like to use.
  • Provisionally book plumbers and electricians etc in advance, if you’re going to need work done when you get the keys.
  • Planning as much of this in advance will really help keep stress levels low when you get a date, with a lot of the leg work already done.


  • Before chaos ensues and you don’t know your arm from your elbow, get organised!
  • If you’ve got little ones, arrange who will be able to look after the children when you do the moving.
  • When it comes to packing your belongings, pack things into rooms per box and label the boxes so you know where they’re going when you arrive.
  • Try to move boxes into their right rooms as soon as you arrive. Otherwise when everythings in, you end up moving boxes from room to room when you could have done that from the outset.
  • Create a list of everything you need to do before you start to pack up and move. Ticking items off of a list will make you feel far more in control.


  • When you move into your new home you’re obviously going to want to do as much as you can as quickly as you can, to make your new house feel like home. But, we all know this doesn’t happen overnight, so prioritise what you really need or want to do straight away and what can wait. Having a list of jobs in level of importance again will make the situation far more bearable.

It all sounds pretty obvious but once you’ve got yourself organised, prepared and prioritised in advance, you’ll survive the move itself no problem!

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