Moving house will invoke different emotions in everyone. It will always be exciting to some, but it will feel like an organizational nightmare to others. Whether you’re buying your first house, moving to another owned home or renting a new place, the process can be an interesting one. Throw in trying to leave your old place and get into the new one quickly and efficiently, and it can all get a little chaotic. So, when you discover that it’s not possible to get your leaving date and exchange date to cross over, you can start to panic. It might seem like the house move from hell, but you can make it work and get through it stress-free.
The second that you discover you can’t possibly cross over with your moving period, you’re going to need to get organized. If you can’t get out of your place any later and the vendors won’t budget on the exchange date for your new home, then you need to get your paperwork in order. Work out the dates that you need to be out of the new home by, and the date you can move into the new place. Then, work out how long you’ve got until you have to move, and how long (in days) you’re going to be in limbo. Then, you can make a plan.
Book Your Movers
When you’ve got your dates in order, you can work out the logistics of moving. Now, usually, you’d look into Moving Companies and hire them for one day. But, in this circumstance, you may need to hire them twice, depending on the number of days (or even weeks) spent in-between your home. It may even work out better to hire a van and move some items yourself if you live in proximity to the new house.
Store What You Can
Then, you’ve got to be realistic. When you can’t get an overlap on your moving dates, you’re going to need to put a lot of stuff into storage. If you’ve got a few weeks to wait before you can get into the new place, it’s particularly helpful and can ensure that you stay away from stress. If it’s only a few days, you might find that a friend or family member (or several) can help you out by storing pieces at their place for that period.
Take Time Off
When you move, you want to ensure the process is as streamlined and stress-free as possible. But, as you struggle with dates, you can start to let it get to you. Instead, stop. Arrange to take some time off from work and give yourself a break during the in-between time, especially if it’s a few days. That way you can relax and maybe work on getting a few bits done, like picking paint colors or arranging contractor dates.
If you’re going a few weeks, or even longer, between moving, you might want to think about taking up a very short-term lease on an apartment or house nearby. You can stay in a hotel, or with friends or family if it’s only a few days, but when it’s weeks or more, you’re going to need your own space. You want to try and keep life as normal as possible during the limbo period, especially if you have kids. You might also find that renting somewhere gives you time to get your new place ready before you move in, even if you only wait an extra week to move in, just to make sure it’s all finished and ready for you.