Buying and selling a home can be exciting, but it can also be one of the most stressful moments in your life. Figuring out all the details that come with a move can be overwhelming, especially if you have a large family or a new baby, so it’s important to get organized and start with a good plan in order to make the entire process go as smoothly as possible.

One of the first things you’ll need to do is make sure your finances are in order and secure a budget for all aspects of the move. Think about things like hidden charges from the moving company, paying to have carpets cleaned, making sure you have packing materials, and closing costs on the new home. After that, consider how you’ll get through moving day with kids and/or pets and if you will have someone to help you out so you can focus on the move. Keeping everyone safe and happy won’t be easy, so ask for help when you need it.

Here are a few tips on how to make buying a home and moving into it a breeze.

Location is everything

When buying a home, location is one of the most important things to consider. If you have children, you’ll want your new house to be in an excellent school district. If you or a loved one suffer from health issues, you might want to be close to a doctor or to a family member who helps out. Narrow down your home search by looking within a particular area range, and ask your realtor to help if you aren’t able to find what you want.

Secure some assistance

Making a move go as smoothly as possible means making sure you have a plan. This can be anything from securing financial assistance for the down payment or closing costs to asking a friend to come and be an extra set of hands on moving day. If you have young children or pets, for instance, you might want to have someone there to help keep them safe and entertained. Don’t leave your planning for the last minute; make preparations at least a month in advance.

Packing

Packing can be a pain, but if you go about it the right way, it’ll be easy. Keep all your packing materials—tape, newspaper, packing peanuts, marker, boxes, and scrap paper—together in the same area. Once a box is full, tape it up and mark it on the outside so you’ll know where to find everything once you’re moved. Reserve several boxes for the last day so you’ll be able to throw in essential items you’ll need when you arrive at your new home, such as pet food, medication, and cleaning supplies. For more packing tips, read on here.

Clean up

The week of the move can be hectic and stressful, so doing what you can to alleviate some of that stress will help you focus on the new house and get through it smoothly. Think about hiring a maid service to clean your current home so you can cross it off your list of tasks. On average, the cost of hiring a maid service to clean your house’s interior is between $115 and $205, which is well worth it just to have one less thing to do.

Have cash on hand

Moving requires a lot of help and hard work, so make sure you have some cash on hand to tip the movers, as well as to buy lunch or dinner for any family members or friends who help you out.

Moving day doesn’t have to be full of stress and anxiety. With a well-thought-out plan and some help, you can make it a smooth transition for everyone. Remember to eat something and stay hydrated on the big day, which can help keep your strength up and your mood positive.

GUEST WRITER: Jim McKinley