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Tips on moving home
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Tips on moving home
Date: 12/11/11, updated on 12/11/11 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Be organised, know where your going
Disadvantages: Being unprepared is a nightmare!
Just recently I moved from my old two bedroom flat in Weston Super Mare. I actually loved the place but when I originally (a year and a half ago) took the tenancy out (as it was rented) I was sharing with my best friend. Sadly though it didn't work out for us. It started off ok, like many things do but then she got mentally ill really badly, I was ill myself with loads of different ailments and I couldn't cope anymore. She was suicidal and up the hospital all the time, she was untidy, unkempt and all we did the rest of the time was either argue about bills or hate and resent each other and a couple of times it resulted in violence. In the end I had no choice but to throw her out, sod it about the money I thought I'll have to move as well. (Just to mention though now she is recieving treatment, got a nice flat of her own and we are mates again lol).
I thought moving would be easy. Wrong! With not a big budget I was left viewing really disgusting bedsit type places costing in excess of £450 a month in really bad areas. My parents came down to help me look and one ceiling almost collapsed on top of my Mums head just as we were viewing it. The last thing I wanted to do was leave Weston but I started to think maybe I should go back to where my parents live, my hometown, Coventry.
I had to struggle for two months to pay the rent on the flat I was in as I was completely stuck but in the end I found the lovely 2 bed flat I am in now and couldn't be more pleased about the move. Its in budget, light, airy and modern with loads of space for lil old me and my 4 hamsters and one of the bedrooms is now a lovely big dining room! In the end it all came right but not without heaps of worry beforehand.
Now I needed to be out of my property asap. Although I was looking and I knew I had to move I didn't pack anything or do anything. Then I literally got the keys to this place and my landlord wanted his keys back asap to the old flat and I was literally left with a whole flat to pack in one day and I may be single guys but I sure have a houseful of stuff!
So here are my tips (which I didn't follow!) which I would next time lol.
With huge items to move this wasn't going to be easy for me! Again on a budget I knew that for a flat full of stuff, from a professional company I was looking in excess of £500 and not only did I not have that kind of cash I needed to be moved immediately as well! However I asked around people I know and found a guy who my mates family all use regularly so he got a good recommendation. He said £150 and I said £100 and I won the day! Do be clear though on what you want. For a £100 I offered 4 other peoples services to help move it all so if you want a whole move done for you, it will probably cost more.
Get boxes in advance and lots of supermarkets and take aways i.e McDonald's are usually happy to give you some for fee (they gave me heaps of em!), course you can buy them online (Google) or post office and places. I had loads of boxes from various places and the best I found was the McDonald's ones. I added extra support to all my boxes with masking tape on the bottom and put holes for hands with a Stanley knife to the top of each. Try not to pack random (like I did!) and write on each box what room it is for wherever possible (Like I didn't do either lol).
Packing Essentials Boxes:
Pack one box to sort of keep with you. Pop in it a kettle, mugs and tea, coffee, sugar and teaspoons and the likes. I went shopping the night before the move and bought bread and butter and some ham and a couple of packets of biscuits and things like that and put them in the box too with a tub of mustard and some side plates. We didn't have time to stop and get and eat take aways with the mad rush we had but of course you probably do need to eat at some point so be prepared theres nothing like a hungry workforce if you have one lol. My biggest priority was all my hamsters stuff as they come first!
Another box that you will, no matter how much you've cleaned the property prior to moving into it....need. Again my situation was weird! I was told that this flat I was moving into had been cleaned and we (me, my family and my best mate) thought that meant we'd have to just come in and give it a quick spruce up. On the day of the move I saw the place for the first time in broad daylight and realised we had issues and the place was absolutely minging! My box packed contained lots of clean clothes and bleach and the likes and that was the first thing that came into this flat.
Contact all bill issuers as soon as you leave the property. Gas, electric and don't forget to change your addy on your tv license and things like that. Meter readings need to be taken so you don't end up paying other peoples bills in the future, take meter readings at your new place and call them in as well so your not paying other peoples debts off. Make sure you know about water and if its a standard bill, or meter.
One of the first things I did was knock my neighbours either side and introduce myself and apologise for the racket coming from my new flat. You may not want to do this but me, I'm nosy and I wanted to see who was living next to me. I chatted to mine about the neighbourhood, they told me where my bin was and what time the post came to our building and things like that. I wanted a couple of people to know I'm here and think its always nice to say hi!
You can only do what you can do. My move was pretty hard with cleaning up both properties in one day, one to hand back to the landlord so I'd get my bond back and this one to move into. However I did learn a huge lesson in being more organised in the future an swear I will be. I still have some boxes over a month since moving that I haven't got round to completely emptying purely because they have random bits and pieces in!
Summary: Its such hard work!