RESEARCH by a London-based removals firm has found that three-quarters of us experience relationship problems after moving home
RESEARCH by a London-based removals firm has found that three-quarters of us experience relationship problems after moving home with a significant other, writes Lucy Boon.
Kiwi Movers found that the figure increased to almost nine out of 10 (87 per cent) for those moving in together for the first time, with more than one in ten (11 per cent) saying the house move contributed to their relationship breaking down permanently.
With this in mind Standard Property has put together a guide to making a move more relationship-friendly.
DIVIDE THE RESPONSIBILITIES
Decide up front who will pack what (or will you be packing everything together?), who is getting the boxes, who is calling/hiring the moving van, etc. The sooner you plan, the better.
And remember to take into account how much time each of you actually has. Are you taking any time off work? These are all important questions to discuss and decide on — together!
Go through your things and decide what doesn’t provide value in your life any more. Put those things aside and donate, sell or pack into one box which will be clearly marked as “Things to get rid of” so that you don’t accidentally unpack all of that again in your new home. Not sure if you can decide? Then ask yourself “Would I take this with me if it was an international move? (Paying per kilo of your stuff makes you think twice.)
DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE
As you’re getting closer to the moving date, don’t let yourself get totally caught up in the stress of it all.
Celebrate the big step that you’re taking by spending some quality time together.
Even if you’ve already packed most of your stuff, just order a takeaway and watch something on Netflix (putting a laptop on the top of a packed box will make that movie so much more special).