Moving is one of the most stressful life changes you can experience. It’s up there with the death of a loved one and divorce. It is also often accompanied by other major life stressors, like moving away from family and friends, starting a new job, or helping children acclimate to a new school. Here are seven ways to help reduce the stress of your next move:

Congratulations! After a great deal of bargaining, a couple of arguments, and some heartfelt hugs, you and your significant other have agreed that it’s time to make “the big move.” Finally, domestic harmony has returned to your household. But how do you maintain that harmony, while picking a home? 

Getting ready to move to a new house? That’s AWESOME! Congratulations! An impending move is more than just a change of address. It can be the beginning of a new life; an opportunity to enjoy surroundings that are better suited to who you are now, not who you were when you moved into your current home.