I am now a homeowner
This fact alone is petrifying. I can barely look after myself, I killed a cactus once and now I have to keep a building from burning to the ground and collapsing. No pressure...
Everyone said that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can undertake in your life... I, being who I am, didn't believe that for a minute. How stressful can moving a few boxes from one place to another be?
It turns out it's very stressful, and I only had to move one room from my parents house and a room from my shared house. I took a few days off work in order to complete and still felt as though I didn't have enough time!
I dread the days of future house moves as a family with children and dogs...
I'm off work today and unwell, so thought I'd share some tips...
Lists, lists, lists...
As an increasing amount of people have been asking for a moving checklist (a lot of my friends are in similar positions as me, moving house etc...) I thought I would provide one. I'm not saying it's exhaustive, but these are the things I factored in to my move and couldn't have done without my trusty list!
My House Move Checklist
- Boxes, boxes, boxes... and suitcases.
I put all of my books in to suitcases as they were easier to transport and it made life a lot easier!
Rope in friends or family. I moved one room on my own and in one afternoon as I had to move out quickly which was stressful to the max. The next day I had my mum and brother dragged in and my friend Georgie. My bosses offered but I like to maintain the façade of being tidy and organised, so I declined politely...
- Cleaning products.
I quickly realised that not everyone is as clean as I like to be. The guy who lived in the flat before me was clearly one of those people. It was vile, in fact, vile was an understatement. Luckily my mum was armed with gloves and cleaning products, and we blitzed it before unpacking properly.
- Essential items
Cleaning products, toilet roll, light bulbs, bedding (if you're staying there for your first night), tea making equipment (obviously. England runs on tea), scissors, pen and paper, first aid kit, some cutlery, corkscrew and obviously... champagne!
Hopefully you'll have a more useful estate agent than me, or more helpful neighbours, who will tell you where the meters are... As yet I am still none the wiser as to where my water meter is two weeks in, which is less than helpful. Remember to arrange your electric, gas, water.
- Addresses, Internet, Phones...
Over the next few weeks you'll have the same fun jobs as me, changing your addresses, updating car insurance details, bank details, installing phone line & internet (I recommend that as soon as you have your completion date, you order this as it takes a good couple of weeks...)