My Top Tips For Moving House

I move house in a few weeks and I have never been so stressed. SO, I decided to write you guys a nice list of the things to do when moving house (particularly as a student.)

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HAVE a moving list. If you live in a shared-house like me, it can often get confusing what stuff is who’s. SO make a list of each room in the house, and all the things in that that are yours to take.  i.e BATHROOM > Fluffy bath mat, toothbrush, toothpaste… You would be surprised the things you forget about.

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MAKE SURE you have a back up plan. Moving dates can change, so don’t leave yourself in the lurch. Make sure you have somewhere you could stay for a few nights.

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DON’T take everything. Over the years, we accumulate junk – and it is junk! You seriously don’t need that head-scratch-thingy you bought from the market. Downsize you’re belongings: it was make for a much lighter move.

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BUY strong boxes. The worst thing is a weak box. You don’t want to be carrying the crockery box out of the car and the bottom breaks. No one wants that.

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PACK smart.  Quite simply – light things in the big boxes, heavy things in the smaller boxes. Otherwise, you’re going to hurt yourself.

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KEEP your phone charged. In the worst situations, you will move into a house with (temporarily) no electricity. So make sure your phone is fully charged and ready for that emergency phone call to the pizza place. And remember to get your WiFi sorted ASAP!

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PACK the essentials last. We’ve all done it – you’re in your new house on the first night, you’re tired and you want to go to bed. But you can’t find your pj’s or your toothbrush anywhere. The best thing to do in order to avoid this is to make a small suitcase with all the things you will definitely need over the next few days: clothes, food, bathroom stuff, etc, and then you won’t be rummaging through boxes all the time.

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DON’T plan to be anywhere. Moving day is stressful, even if it’s straightforward, so the worst thing to do is to have plans for the same day. (In my case, moving day is also the day that Searching For Katherine comes out on Amazon, so I’ve really screwed myself over there!)

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KEEP it clean. This is relevant to anyone – no one wants to move into their brand new house and find it a mess! They want to feel like it’s theirs to live in, and not find evidence of the previous owners.

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RELAX. Moving can be fun if you let it, so just enjoy the excitement and unpack in the morning!

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I hate this house: no electric and a leak in one day!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, but it’s because I had no electricity or hot water. Let me explain:

I came home Sunday night from Shelby’s (my soon-to-be-new-house-mate/house) and I was ready to start my script. I go to turn the hall way light on and then BANG. Then downstairs lighting blows. So, I’m standing in the dark, BY MYSELF, and the first thing I do is check the fuse box.

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I have a history with fuse boxes: I know how they work. The house I grew up in had bad wiring, so lights were always tripping out.

But, after an hour long conversation with my mother, and then Paul – none of us had a clue, so I went to bed terrified and surrounded by candles.

The next day, we had a plumber due to come and look at a leak that had long been ignored, so I thought I should tidy up a bit. I picked up a blanket that had been on the floor in the living room, and low and behold: it was soaking wet. Only it wasn’t under the leak patch, it was under the light fixture.

I hadn’t noticed the leak the night before because it wasn’t making any sound as it hit the blanket.

So, I got back on the phone with my landlady (who is very scared of me) and told her what was going on. She then told the plumber and called an electrician.

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The plumber came out and checked some things, and then said he was coming back the following day to change the boiler (because it’s so old that they can’t get replacement parts) and today he was going to prep things. I was a bit confused, but OK fine.

Then the electrician came and I had to explain about the leak, the patch of mould on my ceiling, when the electrics blew, blah blah blah.

The electrician stands on a chair in the living room and takes the light fixture down (a three-part eighties flowery disaster) and when he takes if out of the ceiling and moves it slightly, water comes streaming out of it from every angle. The light had filled with water from a leak in the boiler, which caused the electrics to shut down. ceiling fixture

He cleaned it all up and left the fixture to dry for a few days. When he said it should all be fine now I didn’t believe him. He pointed into my room and I saw the all the lights and such had come back on. I have never been so happy to see lights!

I then spent the rest of my day hungry (the off fridge had ruined all of my fresh food) and watching Season Three of House.

#100HappyDays I have never been so happy to see light in my life! #Ihatepowercuts

The plumbers are here now to replace the boiler – and I can’t go anywhere until they do. It’s like my house wants me to do my assignments!