…because life would have been much easier these last 2 weeks if we’d thought to make sure these things were done a few months ago:
* Buy a brightly coloured accordion file with a clasp and handle for all your latest bills, financial statements, insurance policies, conveyancing correspondence etc and put it somewhere obvious so that it is easy to find and easy to pack in the car on the day you actually leave. Because otherwise you realise that not only can you not find the title deed but you can’t find all the other documents you need to prove title and identity to the satisfaction of various government departments either, and then you have to go and get duplicates of birth certificates and utility bills etc which takes up precious time that you don’t really have in hand.
* Make a list of things you want to take with you in the car so that you have them when you walk into the new house without having to wait for the removalists to unpack. Then designate a corner of one room where all the stuff on that list will be put as you’re going through the rest of the packing up, so that it doesn’t accidentally end up getting packed away and inaccessible. (We only did this today, and they’re leaving tomorrow – of course we found that several things on our list had already been packed away.)
* Start simplifying the contents of the fridge and the kitchen cupboards as soon as the sale contract is signed. Then you won’t have to spend ages looking at ancient bottles of condiments with 1cm of mystery sauce in the bottom, or a startling number of packets of lima beans.
What horrid things have Hoyden readers done to themselves while moving? What advice would you give to anyone planning to move?