To say that moving in New York is stressful is an understatement at best. Many people experience extreme stress and anxiety when faced with moving, even when the move represents a positive change, such as relocation for a better job.
Why does this occur? Why all the fuss and panic?
Sometimes understanding the causes of our emotions can help us manage them, so in this blog post we’re going to examine five reasons why moving is one of life’s greatest stressors.
Packing Is a Daunting Task
For most people, packing up a household is a daunting task. They don’t know where to start. They don’t know when to start. And they don’t want to start. Still, if you’re going to move, you have to start.
Delaying and worrying about everything you have to do won’t get the job done, so setting a start date, reading up on smart packing strategies, having packing supplies on hand, and getting rid of as many unnecessary items as possible before you begin can help alleviate some of the stress about packing. If that plan doesn’t work, you can always hire professional packers who can get the job done efficiently and effectively.
Scheduling for the Move Is Complex
When you’re moving from one house or apartment to another, you have to become a kind of logistics expert in order to coordinate all of the things that have to happen so that you can move into your new place.
Once you know when you can move into your new place, you have to schedule your move and contact all of the utility companies to make sure you will have electricity, gas, water, and internet service when you move in. While you’re at it, make sure you schedule the turn off date at your old residence and change your address with the post office.
Then, of course, there’s the scheduling of time to pack before moving day, scheduling time off from work for moving day, and arranging childcare for during the move, if needed. And what about cleaning the home you’re leaving and the one you’re moving to? When will that occur? Will you paint before you move in or wait until later? Do the carpets need cleaning, or will you be putting in new floors?
Undoubtedly, there’s a lot to think about and a lot to schedule.
Expenses Add up
Another source of stress when planning a move is the expense. Just when you think you’ve got all the expenses covered, something else comes up. Maybe your new place requires some unexpected repairs; maybe you find your insurance rate has increased substantially, maybe your movers are going to cost a lot more than you budgeted for. Whatever the case, moving can be very expensive and juggling your finances to pay the bills can get very stressful.
Your Life is Disrupted
Most of us can handle minor disruptions, but moving causes major disruptions that can be very nerve-wracking. Once you start packing, you might have trouble locating things you need. Are the first aid supplies in the boxes marked bathroom, in the bathroom cupboard at your old house, or did someone already take them to the new house? And where is the power strip you need in the bedroom? The light bulbs? The cat’s litter box? You get the idea.
Then there’s the daily disruptions: the calls you have to make, the tasks you have to complete, the discussions you have to have. Add to this the chaos of your home once packed boxes are everywhere, and you have the perfect storm for tension.
Strong Emotions Arise
Amidst all the activity and stress, people often ignore the strong emotions they have about moving. Whether you’ve moved a lot or this is your first time in decades, moving is a very emotional experience.
Even if your move represents a wonderful new opportunity rather than defeat and disappointment, there is still loss occurring. Your old home is the known, the safe place, and now you’re giving that up to move to the unknown. Underlying the stress of disruption, expenses, scheduling, and packing could indeed be a sense of loss and a sense of fear.
For Help with Your Next Move, Call the Stress Busters at Maffucci Bekins
Professional movers and packers can’t eliminate all of your stress, but knowing that the packing will get done and done well and all of your household goods will get transported safely and securely by friendly, experienced movers with a solid reputation for reliability can go a long way toward relieving your stress.
Don’t wait until you’re stressed out about moving to make the call. Call us today at 1-866-228-6400 or submit our Get a Free Quote form online to get professional help planning, coordinating, and handling your next move.