Moving house is so much more than the physical move to a different place. When we leave behind a home, especially one we’ve lived in for a long time, we also leave behind all those years spent enjoying it. Children who were tiny when you moved in have grown into teenagers. Friends have visited, meals have been shared and the small dramas of everyday life have been played out here, so it can be emotional to walk away.
Equally, settling into a new home that still carries traces of its previous owners can take time. So in the rush and chaos of moving, take time to celebrate the home you’re leaving behind and get set to enjoy the place you’re moving to with these tips for easing the transition.
How to Say Goodbye to Your Old Home
Take photos of it
Before everything is swept up into packing cases, take photos of your home. Document each room, so you can revisit it later. If you have children, snap them, too, enjoying the house as usual: drawing at the kitchen table, playing in the garden, chilling in front of the TV. You are aiming to capture an emotional record of your house, as well as images of its beautiful kitchen or big windows.
Hold a goodbye party
Celebrate your home and the life it has given you with a goodbye party. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already started to pack – your guests can happily negotiate a few boxes. String up some lights, play some music and enjoy the house with the family and friends you’ve shared it with over the years.
Toast your home
Raise a glass to your home, perhaps during your goodbye party or simply with your family. Moving is busy, but it’s important to pause, look around and say, ‘Cheers!’
Stay organised during your home move
Enjoy the challenge and reap the benefits of staying on top of everything. Read our helpful tips here.
How to Settle into Your New Home
When you arrive in a new home, nothing looks, feels or even smells the same way, which can feel unsettling. So start by cleaning surfaces, floors and inside cupboards with some familiar, fresh-scented products to help make the place feel like yours.
Grab a few goodies
Piles of packing boxes and empty rooms do not help a house feel like a home, so treat you and your new place to a few goodies that will make it feel special. Arrange some fresh flowers, simply bought at the garage on the way to the house or picked from the garden, or buy some quality hand soap or a few new towels. When you are facing days of unpacking chaos, these little touches can really cheer you up.
Don’t forget the pets!
Dogs and cats may also take a while to settle into a new home, so try to ease the transition for them, too. Read our tips for moving home with your dog here.
You can let your cat out at the end of the day to explore, but confine him/her to a few rooms so they don’t feel overwhelmed. Cats should be kept in the house for a week or so to prevent them trying to return to your old home.
Host a house-warming
Sharing your new home with family and friends can help you to bond with it, so host a party – no gifts required. You might like to invite new neighbours, too, as a good chance to get to know them, or simply keep it small and intimate.