Guide to Moving to a New House, Hassle-Free

So you’ve decided it’s time to move to a new place. Where do you go from there? 

From choosing your ideal home to packing up, and finally settling in, use our ultimate mover’s guide to help make this stressful period a whole lot simpler

Choosing a New Home

Picking the right home for your family can be exasperating, or the most enjoyable experience. Either way, here are a few essential details to pay attention to.

When looking at flats in Chennai, consider your lifestyle. Do you require a gym or pool to get your daily workouts in? Would you prefer living in a happening neighborhood, or one that makes it possible to retreat into a cocoon of quiet, after work? Are there any children in your foreseeable future, or any kids leaving home? Is this an area you want to be living in, years from now? 

These are all questions that must be answered before you commit to making a space your home. No amount of decorating or organisation can veil the daily annoyances of a space that doesn’t suit your needs.

Time to Pack Up

You did it. You’ve looked at apartments in Chennai and found your dream home. Now the real work begins. The process of moving doesn’t have to be dreaded, with some good packing tips in your arsenal.

Our single most valuable tip is to purge your home of clutter. Less stuff means less stuff to pack, which equals less work. Consider this move a gift. A new home is a fresh start. You can finally get to that ‘spring cleaning’ you’ve put off for years. Donate it, throw it away, sell it – just get your Marie Kondo on and make sure you take only what’s needed.

Coming up with an organisational system is a good idea, whether a planner, phone calendar, or even post-its. You’ll be glad everything is documented when the wheels start to fall off. Pull out that old label maker you impulsively bought and get labelling. Nothing is worse than settling down for dinner after an exhausting day of moving, only to have no idea which box the plates are in.

Settling In

Head on over to your perfectly labelled boxes and unpack like a boss. Having managed the stressful moving process so well now’s no time to rush the housewarming party. Take your time, order out if you don’t feel like cooking, and enjoy your first day in your new space.

 

With our ultimate guide, you’ll be making all the right moves.

 

Yoga Your Way into Fitness

The world may well be on it’s way to having another tech upgrade, but we’re not far from our roots, when it comes to our health. Yoga, rooted in ancient vedic Indian texts, is picking up momentum not just in India, but across the globe.

While the rest of the world continues to run the rat race, scheduling “me-time” to cool off the stress is a necessity. Yoga not only demands very little of your time, but also helps find balance in life.

We’ve put together a mini yoga sequence to get you started on this sublime fitness practice. Find an ideal environment that’s quiet and tranquil, and just yoga!

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

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Let’s start easy! Mountain pose, the foundation for all standing poses, makes for a great start to your morning yoga sequence and is a way for you to feel connected to the earth.

Here’s how you do Tadasana:

Stand upright, with your feet 4 – 6 inches apart. Make sure you balance your weight evenly through your feet. With the back of your head in line with the tailbone, arms resting alongside your body, and palms facing in, root down through your feet and draw yourself up on your heels. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to one minute and breath easy.

This seemingly easy asana has many benefits that include improved posture, relief from sciatica, and many more.

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Downward facing dog pose is a great way to open the back of your body. This asana keeps you energised throughout the day.

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Downward facing dog, step by step:

Go down on all fours with your knee directly under the hip and wrists under your shoulders. Push back through your hands to lift your hips up, and straighten your leg. Stretch by walking your hands forward. Don’t let your head hang. Your head should rest between your arms. It’s okay if you cannot get your heel to press down on the ground but remember to keep your hip high in the air. Stay in the pose for 1-3 minutes.

This asana can relieve your body and mind of stress, and ease you into a lighter state of being!

Child Pose (Balasana)

Resembling the fetal position, Balasana is a gentle resting pose that stretches one’s thighs, hips, and legs. It calms the mind and relieves stress and tension from the body.

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To do Balasana:

Kneel on fours and tuck your chest down into the thighs. Walk your hands forward and rest your forehead on the floor. Inhale and exhale as you hold this pose for anywhere between 1-3 minutes.

Balasana serves as a perfect resting pose between challenging poses.

Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana I)

Looking for an asana to strengthen yours shoulders, arms, and the muscles of the back? Warrior 1 is the one for you!

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Go into Tadasana and take one giant step back with your left leg. Bend your right knee until it’s directly above the ankle. Angle your left toes 75 degrees forward. Raise your arms and press your palms together. Keep your head in a neutral position, gazing forward, or tilt it back and look up at your thumbs. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to one minute.

Warrior 1 gives you the focus, balance, and groundedness of a warrior.

Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)

Virabhadrasana I is usually followed by Virabhadrasana II. Warrior 2, a perfect asana to increase your stamina, also a therapeutic asana for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica.

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Going into Tadasana, exhale and move your legs 3-4 feet apart with a light jump. With your arms stretched parallel to the floor and your palms facing down, turn your right foot to your right. Bend the knee until it’s directly in line with the ankle. And then turn the other leg 90 degrees to the left. Balance the torso evenly between your hips. You could keep your gaze straight or turn it towards your right. Hold the pose for 8-10 breaths. Inhale as you come out of the pose and exhale as you drop your arms.

Start your day with a mindful practice of Yoga that nurtures your mind, body, and soul. Remember, Yoga is a way of life. You will be a lot closer to living an abundant life when you immerse yourself in spaces built on this spiritual tenet. Many recent apartments in Chennai come with built-in yoga decks and workout arenas for the fitness enthusiasts and the spiritually minded!

Appaswamy’s Luxury Villas in Coimbatore

What if you could have it all? A home that feels like a lavish holiday destination, perfect year-round climate, the best of city life without the pressure of a fast-paced environment – a villa in Coimbatore offers all this, and more.

Here’s why investing in luxury villas in Coimbatore could be one of the best decisions you’ll make.

Exclusivity

Delmar, Coimbatore

Nothing says luxury and exclusivity like your own private villa. Coimbatore, as one of India’s best-emerging cities, has proved to be the ideal choice for many looking for a change of pace, while still holding onto city life. However, apartment buildings have completely saturated the market, adding to the allure of luxury villas. A villa speaks to the owner’s taste for the finer things in life and offers amenities and luxuries that no apartment can.

Combine modern city living with a vacation getaway

Delmar, Coimbatore

With the modern city advantages Coimbatore now has – the infrastructure, educational institutions, growing textile and IT industries, etc., it is only right that your home brings you some of the city’s slower pace. To give yourself a vacation from the day-to-day, enjoy the Coimbatore weather, and the open environment without too much infrastructure to obscure the views, consider luxury villas in Coimbatore.

Privacy and safety

One of the biggest appeals of a villa is the privacy that comes with it. A villa offers just the right amount of space and privacy after a long day at work. The gated communities they come with give an added sense of security. Feel free to kick back and have a casual outdoor get-together, without worrying about wandering children or prying eyes.

Great investment

Delmar, Coimbatore

The villa concept is relatively new in India, and the Coimbatore market makes it possible to get in early on this investment. With property values only going up, the value of luxury villas in Coimbatore, a rapidly industrialising city, is an excellent investment for sure, whether in terms of resale value or making it your new home.

Delmar, Coimbatore

The luxury villa life in Coimbatore is calling out to you, villa-you take the plunge?

Cycling through Chennai

A trail for beginners: Koyambedu to Anna Tower park

Are you just beginning to explore this sport? Then this route will get you started. This short and easy route, otherwise buzzing with traffic, is empty in the wee hours of the morning. Start your ride as early as 5am and have the exhilarating experience of pedaling through the super empty roads of Poonamallee and Anna Arch. If you want to spice up your journey, ride up the Koyambedu flyover and drift down. Feel infinite!

There’s also an app for it, of course

Strava is a social fitness app popularly used for tracking ride times and locations. You can also connect with athletes across the globe, and stay informed about sports, events, marathons, and more using the app. From daily doses of inspiration to blog posts covering workouts designed by experts, this is a must-have app for all athletes.

A trail through the tech hub: Cycling along OMR

This plush recently constructed highway, with a green cover on either side, curves right into the ECR. There are many perks that come with riding this route. Retreats into pockets of silent beaches along the ECR, view of the picturesque Buckingham canal are the top two. Well lit, and dotted with security posts along the length, it is ideal for night cycling.

If you wish you lived in such a picturesque neighborhood, and are on the hunt for apartments in OMR, look no further than Appaswamy Habitat.

Cycling is becoming a way of life. Designers and planners are architecting homes and cities that are fluid and one with nature. It has never been easier to take stewardship of our lives, and steer it towards a sustainable future.  Cycling may just be the nudge we all need, to create and facilitate greener, more holistic spaces. More and more people are taking to cycling for a healthier lifestyle, whether it is as a part of their daily commute, or as a means of recreation. And with environmental concerns on the rise, cycling has found an undeniable place in the city life. Chennai Metropolitan, for instance,  is set to develop nine cycling trails in the city and the suburbs.

If you are a rookie when it comes to the cycling scene in the city, here is all you need to know to get started, from cycling clubs, cafes, and trails, to mobile apps.

The oldest and the biggest cycling club in the city

Tamilnadu Cycling Club has more than 11,000 members in its Facebook group. If you want to ride with the veterans, this is where you need to be. From notifications on national and state events to various shared experiences, there are plenty of tips and abundant motivation to keep you pumped on the way to your cycling goals.

The most popular cycling trail: Santhome to Anna Square

How does one not mention Marina on a post about cycling through Chennai? One of the most popular cycling routes in the city, this trail along the promenade starts at Santhome Basilica in the south and extends up to Anna Square in the north.  With a scenic view of the beach and comfortable service roads for walkers and cyclists, this is a go-to place for rookie cyclists, any day.

Santhome is also a prime residential area with top-notch public and residential infrastructure such as Appaswamy’s Azure at Santhome, a collective of breathtaking seafront luxury flats in Chennai. With architectural designs that seamlessly bridges the gap between the indoors and outdoors, to provide a nurtured and balanced lifestyle for its residents, a greener future may not be all that far.

A café for cycling

Ciclo café at posh Kotturpuram is the country’s first cycling café. Akin to a one-stop-shop, it is versatile when it comes to meeting your cycling needs. Shop, repair, or network with cyclists at Ciclo. You can also pack a delicious snack, breakfast, or dessert for your pit stops.

Imagine living in this coveted green zone in the middle of Chennai. Appaswamy’s Clover By The River is one of the properties in Chennai that makes it a reality. Cycling can now truly be a way of life.