Sunday, 30 June 2013

Some Helpful Tips For a Stress-Free Move

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For many people, moving house is one of the most stressful activities that we have to face. It's exhausting, mentally draining, and a seemingly endless cycle of packing and cleaning. It would be nice to be able to set up home and spend the rest of our lives in one place, but this is a dream that's out of reach for most of us. It's inevitable that we will one day find ourselves surrounded by a jumble of packing boxes, tape and furniture.

Have a plan

With some careful planning and a strict cull of your belongings, you will discover that moving house isn't as stressful as you first thought. At the end of the day, you may even save money after the dust has settled. The less things that you need to move, the less you need to spend on moving them. Collected here are some of our top stress-reducing tips for your next move:

Do a Thorough Sort

Ruthlessly sort all of your belongings into a series of 4 piles. The first can be for rubbish. The 2nd can go to charity in your local area, and the 3rd can be put aside for a garage sale. Lastly, there will be the items that need to be packed. Don't forget to be extra strict during this sort, and remember to discard anything that hasn't been used during the last year.

Don't Forget Your Garden Space

Don't forget to tidy up the garden before moving. A neatly presented garden can add value to your home, and the outside activity may be a welcome break from being stuck inside all day. Trim any trees or bushes, weed the flower beds and give the grass a trim.

Be Organised

As you go through each room, make sure to pack everything that won't be necessary prior to moving. Make a list of all the things that you pack, and make sure to label each box with the room type. This will help the movers later when they transfer everything to your new place.

Gather Your Important Documents

Keep your passports, bank account information and birth certificates together in one place, and create a 'moving file' where you can keep receipts, quotes, business cards and other important moving documents.

Pack your Appliances and Electronics Carefully

Being transported from one place to another can put extra stress on electronic devices, so make sure to pack them carefully. Washing machines and fridges should be switched off, drained of any water and dried before moving them. Don't forget to turn off all appliances a day before you move, which will give them time to cool down.

Wires

Don't forget to removed any CDs or DVDs from electronic devices before they are transported. Take a photo of any complex wiring setups. This will help when you set everything up again.

Use Time Well

We hope the steps shared here will help you to cut down on stress levels during your next move. If you plan your time carefully, most of the hard work will be done well before the removal company shows up. The only thing that you will need to worry about then will be the setup of your new home!

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