5. Keep these things with you on moving day
“They say always know where the kettle, tea, biscuits, sugar and mugs are,” remembers Jose. “Add bed linen to the list – or book a hotel nearby for the first night. Have a torch to hand; one house we moved into had no light bulbs because the sellers had taken the lot with them. And when you move in, take disinfectant, buckets, cloths, sponges, washing-up liquid and rubber gloves. You never know what you’re going to find.”
Other things to consider are whether you will need internet as soon as you move in; sometimes there is a long delay between purchase and installation, so it’s good to be across that. Similarly with a TV licence and gas and electricity payments – getting these lined up before moving day will make everything easier.
6. Finally, that sandwich…
Packing up your worldly belongings is an enormous task and one that should not be underestimated. If you don’t want to spend money on a removal company (some will do all the packing for you), buying a bumper set of stickers and thinking about what order you will need things in can help you pack strategically. For instance, do you know exactly what furniture and belongings are going where? Is there a way you can make sure you have all your essential items within easy reach when you first arrive?
And last but not least, you won’t want to repeat one of Jose’s biggest packing mistakes, “leaving, only for a moment, a tuna sandwich in the hall on moving day. The packers put it into one of the crates and we had a frantic unpack when we reached our new house.”
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