Although people often talk about “house prices”, each house is someone’s home and hopefully is the location of a lot of happy memories. While a new home should bring a new set of happy memories, it can sometimes be hard to let go of everything you loved about your old one, especially if you’re anxious about the moving process.
Here are 6 tips to help you handle the change when selling the home you love.
Allow Yourself Time To Say Goodbye
This may be the single most important step in moving on from the home you love. If you accept the reality of the move, even if you can’t, yet, embrace it, you maximize the time you have to deal with both the emotional and the practical aspects of your move.
The alternative is leaving everything to the last minute and then having to do everything in the sort of rush which would send anyone into a stressed-out panic.
Remember That You Can Take Your Local Community With You When You Move
In the old days, moving to a new location meant being disconnected from your established community support network, both formal and informal. These days, the internet makes it possible to keep in touch with anyone and everyone who matters from the comfort of your new home.
Take Plenty Of Photos And Videos To Capture The Essence Of Local Features You Love
You can’t take local landmarks with you, or your garden, or the nooks and crannies in your current home, but you can take photos and even videos to capture their essence and preserve it for you to enjoy whenever you want.
Let go of any inhibitions you have about snapping away or filming in public, people do it all the time, just apply basic courtesy and common sense.
Recognize When You Would Benefit From Help And When You Wouldn’t
This is, of course, entirely subjective, but as a rule of thumb, the more attached we are to something, the more we want to take care of it ourselves.
In the context of moving, this means that you may well want to take care of your most treasured possessions yourself, but you could be perfectly happy to have a moving company take care of packing everyday items, furniture, white goods and so forth.
Start Integrating Yourself Into Your New Local Community Before You Arrive
Just as you can take your existing local community with you when you move, so too can you also start building up a new local community before you even arrive in a new place.
Depending on how far away you’re moving, you may be able to go there in person, but even if you can’t, you can always harness the power of the internet to help you begin the process of developing new, local relationships.
Bring A Handheld Torch With You When You Move
In addition to general supplies (e.g. groceries), personal items and any cherished possessions, make sure that you bring a handheld torch with you when you move. This means that if you need to move about when it’s dark, e.g. you need to go to the bathroom at night; you’ll have a convenient and safe source of light, instead of having to find the position of light switches in an unfamiliar location.
Mark Burns is the managing director of Manchester estate agents; Indlu. Indlu specialise in both residential and commercial property, including lettings and buy-to-let in Manchester.