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Studies reveal that one of the most stressful periods in our lives is when we are relocating to a new house. Regardless of the statistics, making that move doesn’t have to be as stressful as it is reported to be. Most of the stress that arises from moving home comes from the reason for moving, the actual process of moving, and sometimes the destination or location.
When making that move, it is best to gather all the items stacked in the attic first, and then gather all the stuff packed in basement next. You should take apart all self-assembly furniture, if the movers have not agreed to do it themselves. Another thing is to take down TV sets and their antennas, if it is not part of the sales agreement. Sometimes, the things that you should take apart or organize are virtually unlimited. This is due to the sheer amount of items that we tend to accumulate over the years. If you have the intentions of moving, it is best to prepare the things that are to be moved long before the actual day. This is especially important for those items that are not used frequently.
There are simple things that can cause serious inconveniences while moving homes. If, for instance, you forget to disconnect your kitchen appliances a day prior to moving, you might end up wasting valuable time trying to do so later. Most of the vital preparations for moving homes should happen the day prior to moving. You should remember to defrost the freezer and fridge prior to the date of your moving. You should also disconnect all electronic equipment, PCs and video equipment. You should take down fixtures such as mirrors, towel rails, and any other items you plan on carrying ahead of time.
If carpets are fixed to the floor, they should be removed or loosened by professionals. If you are a ‘do it yourself’ person, remember to prepare the carpets for removal at least a day before your planned movement date. You should also create safe passages for hazardous items such as gas tanks by moving other items out of the way.
To ensure that sensitive items such as your valuable documents are safe, you should learn to keep track of them all the time. On the actual day, you should lock them away in a place where you alone can access. For other valuable items such as jewelry, ensure that they are kept in a safe place which you can easily monitor.
Another source of stress during moving home is children. It would save you a lot of stress if you are able to have them go somewhere else, like to a relatives place. This will take away a lot of the burden of having to monitor children, while at the same time organizing yourself to move. All you have to do is ensure they do as much packing of their items as possible before they leave.
These few tips will certainly help you avoid the stress of moving.
Dane Cross writes on behalf of One UK, a UK based estate agents who specialise in flats and apartments in Leeds.