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Move gracefully

  • Published at 04:36 pm December 4th, 2020
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A common sense guide to moving to a new place

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, 

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” 

- Hamlet, William Shakespeare

If Shakespeare were to live in our time and needed to move to a new place with his TV, an assortment of furniture, things under the bed, forgotten piles of potentially important papers tucked underneath some deep unexplored space in his drawers, he would have written: “There are more things in your room than you realized before moving.” 

There is scarcely any living soul in the urban world who does not dread the day when they have to take all of their possession and move to a new place and then organize them again. 

Is it possible to have a stress free moving? Perhaps not. But you certainly can make it easier. And if you plan well, you might be patting yourself in the back after all the dust settles. With that in mind let's look at some of the things that you could do to avoid excessive stress. 

A fitting plan

Planning ahead involves talking to your trusted carpenter, plumber, and electrician to book them for the whole of moving day. Some of your furniture may need to be taken

apart for moving. That means you may want to have that completed a day before, so, you don't waste valuable time on the moving day. 

You should have the electrician, plumber, and carpenter inspect your new place before the moving day. Otherwise, they are going to find out problems later on the day of moving and you might not make the best decision on your feet. 

You may need to install a new water tap for hot water. You may need to have a new water pipe built for your washing machine. You may need to change the electric mains on the wall because the old ones are just dreadful. There are just too many things waiting to go south. Get ahead of the game by detecting these problems before moving. 

The food and water department needs to be taken seriously as well. Eating out is an option. Having a lot of drinking water handy is very necessary. A nifty strategy is to set up the fridge first and then keep an army of water bottles ready for the day. 

Squad goals

Vans and labourers are not difficult to find generally. But it's best to call someone you hired before or someone that comes with a good reference. The 'van wala' may want to employ as few labourers as possible, as he has to pay each of the people working. 

Ask them to get more people and pay the extra money (it's normally only Tk400 per person a day). One of the reasons for that is simply you are providing them support to do the work more easily. 

But if you want a less altruistic reason then consider the wellbeing of your furniture and anything else you don't want to be chipped or scratched. And during or after the work, if you offer them cold drinking water that would mean a lot to them. It will make you less stressed.  

Finally, don't shy away from asking for help. Your friends, family members may not be as unwilling to help out as you are hesitant to ask them. Sometimes they don't actually have to do much. But having friends around makes you feel better. And often people actually end up having a lot of fun. It may well become a great memory too.

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