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Moving House and getting it Right

Everyone handles stress differently. According to the Holmess and Rahe Stress Scale, moving can be very stressful. It is on a similar level as having trouble with bosses. Everyone will at some point in their lives be faced with the daunting task of moving house. To make life easier, below are a few tips you can use to make moving as smooth a transition as possible:

  • Make a list of everything that you need to do e.g. buying boxes, changing addresses for your post, confirming movers, etc.
  • Ensure that all belongings are adequately insured while in transit in the event of accidents, hijackings, riots and robberies.
  • Start early! If you know that you are moving, for example, at the end of December, do not wait until a week before you move as that will exacerbate the stress.
  • Begin as soon as possible with donating items you no longer need or use. DO NOT HOARD! Try to think of your new place as a fresh start.
  • Only take stuff with you that you need and still use. Pack all the stuff you do not use regularly first and leave only necessities.
  • Label all your boxes to ensure less confusion when moving in.
  • Avoid moving during peak times like December and January as movers usually charge above-normal rates at that time.
  • If you are renting, clean the place top to bottom otherwise cleaning costs incurred by the landlord will be deducted from your deposit.
  • Also request the entry inspection from your agent and compare the current condition of the unit.
  • If there are any discrepancies, ensure that they are repaired otherwise repair costs will be deducted from the deposit.
  • Once you are moved in to your new home, unpack as soon as possible to settle in and get into a rhythm.
  • Go over your list to confirm that nothing was overlooked.
  • Lastly, take a hot bath or shower and enjoy your new home!