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Moving house is stressful with all the packing etc.

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Uprooting and moving house has got to be one of the most stressful things you will ever do in your life.  Having just gone through the process I swear I wont be doing it again for a long time.  I must have forgotten how much hassle it was the last time!

There’s just so much to do both at the new house and the old one; add to that the weeks of preparation, sorting and packing that must come first before you actually do the deed.  It’s enough to drive you insane and wonder why you wanted to move house in the first place.  There are never enough cartons to go round and there’s quite often a tough decision about what to keep and what to bin.  Post must be redirected and meters read so that the final bills can be paid.  You have to deal with cleaning companies and get hold of a removal truck to shift your furniture, but all this is just the beginning.

Moving house is stressful, next time I'm getting a moving company! Finally the day of the big move comes along and you spend the best part of 6 to 12 hours shifting boxes, washing machines, sofas and all the other items that go to make up your home.  Numerous problems must be overcome at the new place, plumbing and electrical not to mention deciding where everything goes.

If everything goes smoothly, which it rarely does you might get most of it done in one day with just a few extra trips the day after, and the day after.  Okay, maybe some people can do it all in one day, but I’ve never managed that yet.  Personally, next time round I think I will be using one of those relocation companies that pack up all your stuff for you, move it and then unpack it all at the other end.  That would be so much less stress than what I’ve just been through.  Moving home calls for a lot of time and money to be invested, and anything that can be done to reduce the workload must surely be worthwhile.


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Chris 2

Chris 2

buttons, wouldn't you find it a bit stressful if you were in Ceddy's position and had to do everything in a week?
Chris 2
15th May 12 15:17

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buttons

buttons

I must be the only one looking forward to moving! Stressful? I concentrate on the exciting new life change with all my energy - it doesnt leave any room for stress. I have moved countless times and never been worried about it. Stop stressing and enjoy making all those moving lists beforehand. It even gives me a buzz to think that it is possibly the only time my husband is willing to downsize his hoarded items of the sixties and beyond!!
buttons
15th May 12 12:00

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derdra

derdra

Council Housing!!!!! I am a pensioner and I have lived in my 3bedroom council house since 1967 and I have brought my 3 kids up here. All my kids have now left home, my husband suddenly died in 2009 and the house is too big for me, I can no longer keep up with the garden and upkeep as I have a osteo arthritis and its causing a few problems with the stairs and getting in and out the bath etc, so I thought I would look into downsizing to a smaller property, preferably a council bungalow so I can have my own private garden and what a nightmare its turning out to be. I have joined the choice based lettings scheme with my local council, I cannot afford to move into sheltered accommodation as it means another £20 a week on top of what I am paying now for my house. Because I get a private pension from my late husbands works and I have savings I am not entitled to any benefits at all so I have to pay the full rent. The only discount I get is the 25% off my poll tax as I live on my own. Its absolutely crazy to think that I am financially better off staying put in a 3 bedroom house!!! Wheres the logic?
derdra
25th Mar 11 13:27

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ceddy

ceddy

I don’t know about weeks of planning but if you are a tenant of my local council and you are applying for a transfer, you get seven days from viewing a property to make a decision, arrange the move, pack every thing you own, get electricity and gas meters read at your old property and turned on at the new, take up carpets etc , move into your new home and return the keys of the old one.
ceddy
12th Feb 11 22:57

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Kylena

Kylena

I've moved over forty times, and often from one country/continent to another. It's a bit of an effort, but with careful planning on paper with lists and prioritising you get used to it. Also you sound like a human having, rather than a human being, try cutting down on your stuff. A nearly empty room is so much easier to live in (and clean)!
Kylena
12th Feb 11 22:07

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MikeP

MikeP

Whilst the complaint about 1van1.com is not really relevant, the comment about the refuelling is useful and something I learned the hard way too. However when I took the over-filled car back to Enterprise, they voluntarily issued me with a credit note for the value of the extra fuel.

An approximate rule of thumb if you only have to replace the fuel you have used is to calculate :
miles driven / 35 x 4.5 = the number of litres used. This assumes approximately 35 mpg or 8 litres/100 km which would be close to the average for a medium sized car driven sensibly.
MikeP
27th Mar 09 17:46

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John Ryder

John Ryder

I recently rented a van from 1van1.com to help me move house. When we collected the vehicle, we were told that we had to return it with the same amount of fuel. It was a digital fuel gauge, and measured 3/9 bars.

What they didn't tell us was that one has to replace the cap and turn the engine over in order for the gauge to work whilst refueling. So you're pretty much refueling completley blind unless you're told this or have a car that works in the same way.

I ended up spending £44 on fuel when really I only needed to spend £10. I'd only used 1 bar of fuel and drove just 85 miles. No sooner had I drove out of the petrol station forecourt had my fuel gauge shot up to 8/9 bars. When returning the vehicle I explained the error.

Did they care - no. Did they do anything about it - no. 1van1 are a joke.
John Ryder
27th Mar 09 13:08

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Pedder

Pedder

Try being in the military. In the last twenty years I've moved thirteen times. We also have two, now teenage girls. The impact on them is tremendous.
Pedder
14th Nov 07 21:57

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noka

noka

have done this 4 times in four years but have had 2 half yeras in my latest home and I am so stressed fluttering tummy etc. We haveb had survey but still no mortgage offer so dont even know if got the money yet.also as relocating this time huge upheaval but family are there so its for the best. we get 2 men and van its easy enough to pack boxes up matalan were good for them.
noka
14th Nov 07 19:53

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MoveMinder

MoveMinder

moveminder.co.uk will find a removal man, pack your belongings, unpack the other end... you don't even need to be there, they will oversee the whole thing. You can walk out of one place and into the other without having to lift a finger. They will even do all your address change notifications.
MoveMinder
26th Jun 07 13:24

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Kimmmmm

Kimmmmm

Use www.helpiammoving.com a free independent advice site on moving house. Even has advice on moving with kids and a fanstatic packing box service
Kimmmmm
6th May 07 19:09

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The Other Guy

The Other Guy

I despise moving more than anything. I used to be in military and they made me live all over the world. I had to move more than twenty times during my career. Every time I moved I threw away more of my stuff in the spirit of becoming more a more streamlined and efficient house-mover. Now all of my worldly possessions will fit in two duffel bags. In the nomadic process I have also become quite profficient at washing and shaving in public restrooms, living out of a gym-bag, rotating the same clothes for days, and washing laundry in a bucket behing my hotel room, and finding the cheapest (if not free) meals where ever I go. Now, when I go on holiday or away for business, my packing consists of stuffing a few pairs of socks and underwear into my front-trouser pockets and a few sandwiches and pieces of dried meat in the rear. I bring a bottle of water that I refill in public fountains and I wrap an all-pourpose towel around my neck.
I have essentially become a hobo.
This deeply disturbs me.
The Other Guy
11th Nov 06 15:50

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karina

karina

have moved house too many times, just take everything a step at a time, and prepare well in advance. Take your time unpacking, spend weeks doing it.
karina
2nd Jul 06 23:29

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mr mover

mr mover

Use a Removal company and save your sanity,let us do the worrying.....mm
mr mover
20th Feb 06 01:42

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house mover

house mover

Moving house isn't exactly good for your health you know. Every time I move (which isnt often these days) I start packing like months in advance and plan it all to the last detail. Not sure about moving companies, haven't tried them.

So.. moving home - don't do it.
house mover
2nd Dec 05 21:59

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