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Tips on moving home
Member Name: stephbond89
Tips on moving home
Date: 06/05/09, updated on 06/05/09 (74 review reads)
Advantages: You get a new start in a new home!
Disadvantages: Very stressful!
Lol no I am kidding! This is just the way I'm feeling at this minute in time as my poor little flat is full of boxes and all my shelves are empty!!
Yes thats right in two days time I am moving from our flat to a nice little house! I can't wait but my goodness, the moving process has already been stressful!!!
We currently live in a rented two bedroom apartment. Its nice, but its on the top floor of a 3 story building with no lift, and its right next to a railway line so its very loud in the summer when you have your windows open! We've only lived here for a year, but we feel we need to move out. And so we found a nice 2 bedroom terraced house, its only down the road, less than a mile away, so its not too far to move everything, but its far enough for a new start!
We got the house two weeks ago, so the last two weeks has been a gradual packing phase, planning everything, getting all the calls made to change addresses over etc. And geez its been stressful!!!
We thought we would start to pack straigh away as soon as we got the confirmation we were moving, we got our boxes out, and started to pack the bits up that we weren't going to need, books, DVDs, games, some clothes, some kitchen stuff which wasn't a necessity. And I thought it would be an easy process when it came to these last few days...boy was I wrong!!!!!!
Yesterday was my fixtures and fittings day! I went around with my husband taking down all the shelving units, photos, etc etc which we put up a year ago, and filling in the holes, as well as emptying the bathroom of the nic nacs which we wouldn't be using in the next 2 days. And as I was going around the flat I realised just how much we had still to pack. So I decided that today I would start packing everything else up- we were going to do it tomorrow, my husband got the day off work, and we were going to do it all then, but I thought I'd get a head start.
In 6 hours I have packed 4 boxes, packed up every item of clothes I have bar two sets of clothes for the next two days, I have even packed away my make-up!!! lol And I have even labelled the boxes in order of which they need to go in the car!! Lol, but STILL i have sooo much to do tomorrow! Or so it seems, I can't even think what else needs doing...but I know that its still going to be so stressful tomorrow...and sleeping on just a matress after taking the bed apart for the removal men really isn't going to help!!! haha.
Ok, my advice for anyone out there who is moving home and wondering how to get it done the best way is:
Well first option- this is expensive, but pretty much stress free...geta removal company who will do a complete move, they literally come in pack your boxes, and ship it all to your new house, where you can be waiting, or you can even go away for the weekend while they do it!!! You have to shop around as not all removal companies do it, but I know some do as we phoned up a few about moving our bed, sofa etc, and one of them asked us if we were packing our own boxes, or if we wanted them to do the full move! I was tempted...! haha, but as I say its expensive, seeing as its costing us £150 for 4 hours work (and this is cheap!) just to move a bed, sofa, TV, table and chairs...I'm going for around £500-£1000 for a full house move, if not more. But, if you have the money and you really do want a comlete stress free move, I really do suggest it!!!!!
The second option, is what we have done- order a man and a van (ours is £25 an hour plus an extra £50 for fuel which is quite cheap!) to move your bigger stuff and maybe some of your heavier boxes, and then pack up the rest of the stuff yourself and take it yourself (or pay for an extra hour for the man in a van to move the boxes too). Now, as I said I had two weeks to get everything sorted, but I don't think I utlised this time properly.
If I was to do it again, I'd pack every single thing I wasn't going to need in the next two weeks over the space of the first week or so, that way your last week can be spent taking things down, taking things apart, and packing away the final bits. But beware you'll still end up witha house full of boxes!!!
Luckily we have a spare bedroom where we can throw all of our boxes which is good as it means the boxes have only started to spill out today!
We're lucky in that theres only me and my husband, and as we've only lived here a year, we don't actually have that much "stuff", you know the bits that kind of accumulate over the years, I got rid of all that when I moved in with my husband so we don't have that much stuff to take, but still its been stressful.
My main advice is to take your time, don't leave it til the last minute, make sure you get as many people you know to help you move. I'm unlukcy in that my husband works nights meaning he's not here at night, and he's sleeping most of the day, and that my family live 60 miles away so I can't even rope them into helping!!!
Good Luck moving! One thing I do know is that its all going to be worth the move and I cannot wait, and the excitement is over-running the stress!!! :-D x
NB: Don't go out any buy boxes from storage places! They turn out to be very expensive!!! Many supermarkets and fast food restaurants are happy to give you the boxes for free as they tend to go straight into a recycling bin anyway, so ask around! The storage place boxes should be the very last resort if you cannot get any for free anywhere!! They over charge for something you could get for free, plus your helping the environment by re-using the shops boxes!
Summary: Get as much help as you can get, or can afford!!!