Most of us can’t just take off a couple of weeks to move house. This means that we have to both be at work and go through with the move. This is stressful, to say the least!
However, there are a number of ways you can make both parts of your life easier.
First up, be sure to tell your boss clearly your plans for moving house. Do it via a formal email, or a face to face meeting, to make sure you get the message across. Provide them with any details you currently have. This might be the date you have to out of your old house by. Or, the date that you get the keys to your new place. Giving them an idea of dates will help them see if there are any many projects planned at work during that time.
Your boss should be understanding. There is a good chance that they have moved home themselves before. As a result, they should know how much of an uncertain and stressful time it can be. If you do speak face to face, always follow up with a formal email reiterating what you discussed and agreed. A paper trail can protect you against difficulties down the line. You never know. Your boss might be so understanding that they offer to help you move. Well, we can dream!
As the date of the move approaches, you will need to find a way to balance both work and moving commitments. Good planning is crucial here. Arrange anything you can for the weekends and evenings, so that it doesn’t cut into work. If you do need to do things during the day, and book time off, this might be tricky. In this case, you have two options. Either, fit as many different tasks into one day, so you only need one full day off. Or, spread the tasks out over a number of days, with gaps in between. This will allow
Planning is key to juggling the two, but so is being wise as to ways to find help from outside sources. There are also a number of ways to make moving house less stressful.
There are companies out there, like Chess Moving, who can both pack your boxes and move them for you. Hiring one company for both tasks is your best bet. This is because you only have one set of people to keep in touch with, and you may save money this way too. Don’t forget that you can also hire people to clean your house; both the old one and the new one!
Don’t forget friends and family too. Even if it is just babysitting for an afternoon, or helping you pack boxes? An extra pair of hands can be invaluable. Just be sure to reward their efforts with a bunch of flowers and a bottle of wine. Plus, be sure to make yourself available if they ever come knocking with the same request!