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Buying a New Home During the Stress of the Holidays

Written by Posted On Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:54

People don’t always move when it’s convenient for them. Moving to a new home is inconvenient for everyone and creates stress during each and every step of the process. Sometimes, moving has to happen around the same time as the Holidays which ruins the magic of the Christmas season and makes it hard to enjoy looking for a new home and hard to enjoy the fun associated with the Holidays. If you’re planning on moving near the end of the year, there are ways to help you still enjoy both sides of the process and still be on top of preparing for the gift-giving and family dinners.


1. Make a List of Priorities

A major reason for a lot of stress, especially towards the end of the year is that it becomes hard to figure out where your priorities lie. You want to get everything ready for your new house, but you also want to spend time with your family. To make things easier, write it all down. Make a list of everything that needs to get down before the end of the year and see what ranks in the top. Those things should be done first without any procrastination. Of course, you should always make time for your family in between the other activities. Buying the house should be ranked pretty high on your list and so should getting the Christmas presents for your family. Other items like getting pictures with Santa or finding a new couch should be ranked lower on your list. You’re going to be busy this year  no matter what, so make sure that you’re getting the most important things done earlier rather than later.


2. Treat the Season like a Normal Holiday Season

With so much going on, you might be tempted to treat the entire year differently and say that you don’t have time for a lot of your usual traditions. If you do that, Christmas won’t feel like Christmas. Instead, use your list of priorities and then make sure that you still make time for other things. You might have to rearrange your schedule to fit everything in, but you’ll be able to do. If you usually get a fake 12 ft christmas trees, then still do it. Just know that you might be moving the tree in between houses in a few weeks. Your Christmas should feel pretty much the same just with a few more things thrown into the mix. Make sure that you have enough time to do everything and cut the non-important things. However, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice any of your main traditions.


3. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help When You Need It

It’s normal to start to feel overwhelmed if you’re buying a house around Christmas time. You need to know that you don’t need to go through all of the stress on your own. You have a lot of resources that you can use to help you distribute all of the work and everything that needs to get done. Your real estate agent will be more than willing to accommodate your needs and will be willing to help you out. They will have your best interest in mind. If you’re struggling, ask them for help, and they will do anything that you need to find the perfect house for you and your family without adding too much stress onto your plate. You also can ask your friends and your family to give you a hand with anything else that you may need. If you need to get out and look at a house, ask a friend to babysit for you so you won’t have to worry about the kids while you’re gone. Just know that you don’t have to do it alone.

Your Christmas season doesn’t have to be as stressful as you might think it will be. Just make sure to know you’re priorities and know your limits.   

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Carol Evenson

Carol is a home renovation specialist with a background in organization and sales. She assists realtors with business management and growth.
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