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Chimaera wrote: »
I am preparing for my first march out in the next few weeks. Can I ask for any comments, hints and tips? Am quite prepared for it to be a nightmare so don't worry about holding back!!
Many thanks in advance.
archie159 wrote: »
Its not normally a nightmare if you (a) get a pre-march out visit (these are actually mandatory nowadays), and (b) do exactly what is on the checklist they will give you. If you are cleaning the house yourself, allow plenty of time - it really does need to be spotless. If you are using a cleaning company, either the official one or a private one, then it is much easier. The official cleaning scheme was about twice the price (last summer) of one of the local companies to where we used to live, so hunt around. The main advantage of the official scheme is that you can walk out of the door after the packers, with no worries; you'll have to judge whether that is worth the extra costs (how far would you have to travel to return for the march out if you get a private company in to clean after you have left?). We did clean our first few quarters ourselves, but it is a lot of hassle when you have children also. If you do get a company to do it, try to find one which is used to forces quarters - our last DE office gave us a list of companies which previous people had used without problem.
Hope that helps. As I said, as long as you do what is on the checklist they give you, then we've never had any problems. Oh, its is worth getting them to look at the garden on the pre-marchout, to agree in advance what needs doing - the checklist just says "neat and tidy", but their and your definition of neat and tidy might not be the same. We had one housing officer (or whatever they are called) who tried to insist that half the flowers were weeds and needed removing - she clearly couldn't tell a rose from a nettle. But she was the only difficult one we ever really had...
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