Moving Stress: It’s All Worth It When You Move to the Lowcountry
Moving. The very word can make you cringe. The packing, the truck rental or moving company hiring, the list making so you don’t forget to do anything, the cleaning – of your current place AND your new home, the list seems endless. Of course, when your destination is the South Carolina Lowcountry it does make a person feel better. The great climate, the easy pace of living, the natural beauty and charming amenities of the Lowcountry make any stress of moving here worthwhile. Here are some other ways to take some of the stress out of moving:
We all have our routines and when you’re anticipating or are in the midst of a move those routines can get completely upended resulting in stress. It takes a LOT of energy to plan and complete a move and it’s exhausting. So how can this stress be reduced? In addition to a moving checklist to help you get and stay organized, here are a few suggestions:
As you sit down with your favorite beverage to figure out everything you are going to need to do, keep in mind the process will take longer than you think. A good rule of thumb is to double the amount of time you think you will need in order to get everything accomplished and that includes the time you need to pack. We all have a lot more stuff than we think we do and once you start packing it will seem to multiply.
Be kind to yourself and leave a little space in your current home as a sanctuary. Pack up this area last. Maybe it is your favorite chair, or a window seat with comfy cushions and your favorite throw. You are going to be crabby and stressed and you will need a safe, comfortable place to sit and breathe over a cup of coffee or tea in your favorite mug. Speaking of favorite mugs, make sure you leave yourself enough necessary utensils to make and eat meals. Over-zealous packing of everything not nailed down will only cause you heartburn later. Pace yourself.
Have important documents? Medications? Phone, tablet and/or laptop chargers? Make sure you put these in a safe, easy to access place and use whatever memory tricks work for you so that you don’t forget where this ‘safe place’ is located.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed and sad about leaving your current location? Cheer yourself up by making a list of all the fun things you’ll be able to do in your new community, how you’re going to decorate your new place and so forth. Give yourself time to dream. And be sure to give yourself ample time to get together with friends before you go.
Before you hire a mover, check them out. Did you know that in addition to the Better Business Bureau you can find information – and complaints – about moving companies on the Department of Transportation’s website? Just search for the company – or companies if you are doing a comparison, which is always a good idea – and see how they rate. Keep in mind that there is a difference between local movers and national movers. Get quotes and ask questions. What if something breaks in transit? What is the payment structure? Do they have insurance? Are their employees bonded? Trust, but verify.
At the end of the day, moving is a significant disruption and there’s no way to completely avoid the stress it causes. But it’s also an adventure, a new beginning, and when you’re making the move to a place like Hilton Head Lakes it’s a step into a relaxed lifestyle. Come see for yourself all that Hilton Head Lakes and the Lowcountry have to offer. Schedule a Discovery Visit today, give us a call at #866-396-3230 packages start at $179 and include accommodations. Before you know it, you’ll be unpacked, settled in and enjoying that favorite beverage on the patio of your new home in the Lowcountry.
Hilton Head Lakes is a debt free community in South Carolina, and one of the best places to retire. It’s the perfect balance between gated community and world class resort. With the addition of Realstar Builders, we’re creating homes that are built to last. Schedule a Discovery Visit today and experience Hilton Head Lakes for yourself.