How my Home Move experience made me more sympathetic
Moving can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. As we’ve shown in our moving checklist, there’s lots to consider and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you haven’t prepared properly.
I’ve been in the moving industry for a long time and always made it a point to be a calming and helpful presence for my clients. I thought I understood the stress of moving, but I didn’t completely until I moved homes recently.
My recent home move was very stressful, but not for the reasons you think!
Most people say moving home is as stressful as having children, or getting married, and it was, but it could have been so much worse!
Last year, my wife and I decided it was time for change and we would sell our home of 12 years and throw caution to the wind. We decided that we would rent for a year or two and find some land and build, something we have always wanted to do.
But we were in for a surprise. A few months later we found out my wife was expecting our first child. We knew it wouldn’t be easy but still decided to push on with the property sale regardless, but what did we know!
The timing was not on our side, with various lockdowns still happening in Melbourne and difficulty going to see properties, we were running things a little too fine. We had not found a property, had sold ours with a closing date of 15th March, and we were in the Christmas holiday season. It was also extremely competitive to find rental properties that we felt met our needs.
My wife was due on the 15th January, so the pressure was on, even more so when our little girl came early on the 30th December!
Becoming a parent for the first time was amazing, but it was a lot to take on while also trying to pack up our home of 12 years and find somewhere new to live. We tried to enjoy every precious moment with our baby girl while juggling sleep, packing, parents arriving from overseas, and running a growing business.
Everyone said we were mad going through with the house sale, that we should have stayed put for a year, and we were beginning to believe them! We were running out of time and options!
I’ve always been a strong believer that things will always work out the way they need to. My wife saw a property for sale on Facebook that she liked, it was in an area we had looked at for land and it was exactly the type of thing we wanted, and we didn’t need to build! We were first to see it, and I put in an early offer and after a little back and forth we were accepted. They didn’t push ahead with an advertising campaign and we had a new home to move into with a settlement date of 15th March, the same day our sale was going through!
We were ecstatic, new baby, new dream home, now time to move! With all the packing, taking care of the baby, and a little bit of sleep, one thing we didn’t have to worry about was organising things like Electricity, Gas, Water, Internet, Removals, and Cleaners.
Movinghub was not just my workplace anymore but my saviour as well. Fortunately, the agent I purchased through already used Movinghub.com, so I got to be a customer for once. The Movologist who called and helped me to get the things organised, was new to the company. As we had been in lockdown and he didn’t know my voice, I got the real experience and it was perfect. Everything was quick, easy, and smooth.
My parents arrived from overseas, thankfully, as I don’t know how we would have done it otherwise. Finally, the packing was all complete, move day came, and removals turned up. If the process was stressful till now, a bag full of emotions were also added to it as we were moving 12 years of life from acreage to acreage, and doing this all in a day within hours. But finally, we had moved into our new home, ready to make new memories. Yes, we did it!
Would I do it again? Yes I would but hopefully not anytime soon, not with a new baby or tight timeframes, and relying on a little luck. Had Movinghub.com not been there to support me, it would have turned from a stressful experience to a horrible one.
I feel lucky to be a part of the business that helps relieve some stress from the whole moving experience, thus making people’s life a bit easier.
Author- Michael Dornan