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    • PThome
    • By PThome 15th Apr 18, 9:27 PM
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    How do you do to move out and in in the same day?
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    • 15th Apr 18, 9:27 PM
    How do you do to move out and in in the same day? 15th Apr 18 at 9:27 PM
    Hi,

    We are hopefully completing very soon (hopefully exchanging next week, after our buyer drop-out early January, luckily we got another offer few weeks after). We decided not to do any packing until exchange, due to what happened before, however on Friday we were told completion date can happen before the end of the Month ( and ).

    So, I have to start to organise the removal company, etc, however I cannot imagine how to move out and in in the same day???? The company only collect the furniture and boxes in the morning of the completion!!! How do you have time to clean the house?

    Can you please share your experiences? Is this not so scary as it looks like?

    Thanks and good luck for all waiting to complete soon!
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 15th Apr 18, 9:37 PM
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    The removal companies are pretty fast at getting everything out if you've got everything packed.

    Cleaning is hard and you're also just dying to move out. Do everything you can before moving day, eat fish and chips on the last day and give it a once over on your way out with the hoover and spray. Enlist friends for cleaning. I have helped friends on the day and they have helped me.

    Label up your boxes well for individual rooms at the new house and label each room when you get there. Label priority boxes even better (or fill your car with the essentials) so that you have creature comforts to hand at the other end. Then you decide how little or how much to do when you get there. Hopefully they've cleaned, otherwise you need your friends again!

    It's hard work, no doubt. I've moved a LOT in the past and every moving day is ingrained in my mind!
    • buggy_boy
    • By buggy_boy 15th Apr 18, 9:41 PM
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    Preparation, preparation, preparation.... pack everything into boxes, load cars up, if you have a garage fill that, try to empty as much as possible but obviously the key areas are the kitchen and bathroom... You can then clean these areas. It will be a busy day...

    Ive always kept my previous house to rent out but last move I was going to do over a week or so but my old rescue dog started to show signs of distress so I hired a van and moved about 15miles away in a few hours.
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 15th Apr 18, 9:42 PM
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    I've moved a few times - as said labelling the boxes and paying someone to move them is the key.

    Personally if the bed and kettle are in place in the new place and everything else in boxes at the end of moving day I call that a success.

    Last time I still had some boxes to unpack 4 months later. Some just went to the tip. Best to try and weed out the tip stuff before the day :-)
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 15th Apr 18, 9:52 PM
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    I totally recommend using the full pack / move service by the removal company - in quotes we had it was only a couple of hundred more than the overall cost and so worth it.

    The removal company came and packed most things the day before moving (we thought we didn't have that much to move and still had more boxes than I'd have dreamed about) They then come and collect everything and pack anything remaining on the day of the move. The removal company supplied all boxes and being the experts, knew how to pack stuff in boxes and in the van. We'd moved a couple of times ourselves and things always got damaged.

    Ideally one of you could be at the new property to meet the movers to unload while the other finishes cleaning at the old house. Unfortunately OH couldn't get time off work so I met the guys at the new house, for them to unload and left them to it while I cleaned the old house.

    However I'd recommend doing all the cleaning you can, like the bathroom, as much hoovering as possible, kitchen etc before moving day. Much less stressful and a great excuse not to use the oven!
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 15th Apr 18, 9:53 PM
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    I've moved a few times - as said labelling the boxes and paying someone to move them is the key.

    Personally if the bed and kettle are in place in the new place and everything else in boxes at the end of moving day I call that a success.

    Last time I still had some boxes to unpack 4 months later. Some just went to the tip. Best to try and weed out the tip stuff before the day :-)
    Originally posted by Lorian
    I unpacked the last box from our last move last weekend....we moved nearly 2 yrs ago although it was stuff I purposefully kept boxed until the room it was gonig in was decorated..in my defence
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    • leon103
    • By leon103 15th Apr 18, 10:14 PM
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    Hopefully moving beginning of may. Contract says we will have to be out by 1pm. Going to be a mad morning with two little ones. Luckily we are only moving across the road so hopefully we will move all out garden furniture and garage items over before hand. Most furniture can be moved without dismantling.

    1pm is a stupid time and with our buyers coming across the country I hope that gives more time to move and clean
    • rosyw
    • By rosyw 15th Apr 18, 10:21 PM
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    Another vote for the full pack/move service, it makes it all so easy! I opted for this last time I moved and wished I'd always done it this way before.The removal guys packed and loaded the bulk of stuff the day before,leaving me with a chair, TV, bed and whatever was needed for the next morning, when they loaded what was left, apart from one box with tea/coffee making items,which I took. Completion was around midday, everything was in my new place, furniture all in the right places, and I had my feet up relaxing with a cuppa after they left by around 4.30 pm. It wasn't an easy job for them, I have a large collection of vinyl and a fair amount of art deco ceramics and glass, but those guys really know what they're doing and seem to move at lightning speed! Nothing broken or damaged when I unpacked Well worth the extra money.
    • dimbo61
    • By dimbo61 15th Apr 18, 10:25 PM
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    Get the rubbish off to the Tip now.
    You need to be ruthless in what you throw out as little point in packing tat and paying to move it miles and then store it in boxes for months/years.
    Label all the boxes with Room and IF fragile
    We packed ourselves and had much of our stuff in the garage before the big day.
    Keep a kettle, cups, tea/coffee and milk handy.
    Have a take away after you move in and Good Luck in your new home
    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 15th Apr 18, 10:50 PM
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    When you're markings boxes, do it in big fat capital letters with a big fat bingo marker, and write on the top + 3 sides. That way, no matter how it's stacked in the van or lifted out, you'll always be able to see which room it's destined for
    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 15th Apr 18, 10:56 PM
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    Going to be a mad morning with two little ones.
    Originally posted by leon103
    If at all possible get relatives / friends to look after little ones (both human and animal) for the day
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 15th Apr 18, 11:02 PM
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    Hopefully moving beginning of may. Contract says we will have to be out by 1pm. Going to be a mad morning with two little ones. Luckily we are only moving across the road so hopefully we will move all out garden furniture and garage items over before hand. Most furniture can be moved without dismantling.

    1pm is a stupid time and with our buyers coming across the country I hope that gives more time to move and clean
    Originally posted by leon103
    1pm is usually the time when the house stops belonging to you and starts to belong to the people who have bought it. That is what completion is it is the time that you sell the house. You are not allowed to be in the house after 1pm because it is no longer your house so you have got to have removed everything from the house by then. The fact that your buyers may not be ready to move in then doesn't alter the fact that it is their house and you are not allowed to leave your things in someone else's property.

    You also cannot still be doing things in a house that no longer belongs to you. You have to hand the keys in by 1pm and not go back in there as you will no longer own it.

    There seems to be a lot of people who don't understand what completion means. Completion is when the money from the buyers goes into the account of the sellers. When that happens the house no longer belongs to the sellers and it is owned by the buyers. If completion is at 1pm that means the time when the house is owned by the buyers. This time has nothing to do with when the sellers feel like moving out or cleaning. At 1pm the sellers no longer own the house so they have no right to be in there or leave anything in there or be still moving out. The fact that buyers might not be moving in at 1pm doesn't alter the fact that is it their house then and no one else has the right to be in it.
    Last edited by Cakeguts; 15-04-2018 at 11:08 PM.
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 15th Apr 18, 11:03 PM
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    Tea , coffee, milk, sugar, mugs, kettle, in a box "WANTED ON VOYAGE" - last on, first off,
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 15th Apr 18, 11:06 PM
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    When we exchanged and completed the same day, and moved ourselves, I knew 2 weeks before hand so had plenty of time

    I packed into boxes ( leaving only the essentials) and as I emptied a cupboard , cleaned it. As a room was boxed up - cleaned it

    Took about two hours to load the van, then a once around with the hoover and mop, we were outside our new home for 1pm

    Everything in and the van returned by 4pm

    Sure the only things we unpacked that night were bed and bathroom things but thats all we needed. I had my box with kettle, tea, cups etc to hand

    You know, I wouldn't be too particular about leaving the place 100% spotless. Obviously clean it but Ive always spent the following day of a move cleaning the new place before I start unpacking. I think most people do
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    • tealady
    • By tealady 16th Apr 18, 4:52 AM
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    Tea , coffee, milk, sugar, mugs, kettle, in a box "WANTED ON VOYAGE" - last on, first off,
    Originally posted by Robin9
    I would add to that list loo paper,soap and a towel.
    Also pack a complete change of clothers for every one (ready for the next day).
    When you do move in make sure the beds are made asap, nothing worse than being ready for bed after a busy day and it isn't made.
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 16th Apr 18, 5:26 AM
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    This is why a gap between Excange and Completion helps. Is essential.

    Until Exchange, you can't really pack or book removals (or friends!) as things can get delayed or even fall apart completely (as you've found before).

    But in that (2 week?) gap from Exchange to Completion you can graddually pack everything except the bare essentials, room by room, and clean.

    Completion day therefore is just the final bits of packing, and the physical removals. Friends etc are fine if you have limited stuff: are you single? 1 or 2 bed flat? no kids? But if it's a 4 bed house, 2 adults plus kids' stuff to move? That's a lot to ask of your friends!

    What you can do before Exchange is de-clutter. Clear out everything you don't want, then use Ebay or the local tip etc.
    • PThome
    • By PThome 16th Apr 18, 6:49 AM
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    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and for your suggestions.

    I am moving from a 2 bed flat and I have a small daughter. In terms of de-clutter we are not too bad (also because we don't have the space ). My idea was to pack during the time between exchange and completion (and I thought we would have at least 2 weeks) however our buyer wants to complete ASAP and we are happy with that as we don't want to upset him and loose him

    In an ideal scenario, I would prefer to book 2-3 nights in a B&B, pack everything and removal company to collect the day before completion and then use that day to clean everything (is not that bad, as I did an extensive cleaning before putting it in the market and I've been keeping it ok), but I will have to do a general cleaning before leaving (for example yesterday I noticed the windows already need cleaning again ).

    I'll try to ask the removal company if they can collect the day before. But is this reasonable? And is this going to increase a lot the price?

    Thank you
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 16th Apr 18, 7:09 AM
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    All really good advice.

    We moved 5 weeks ago. We booked a part pack service, mainly kitchen things and all the fragile stuff, china etc. Worth pointing out here to check the removal firms insurance terms, you may not be covered for broken items that you pack yourself. As we were downsizing we manically decluttered, at least 20 trips to the tip.

    We moved 85 miles and put the cat into a cattery about half way, 2 days before. We retrieved her 3 days after we moved so we were a bit straighter. We moved from a large house so had plenty of room to stack boxes and cleaned as we went. We packed 2 cars with essentials, refreshments (our moving bods could eat biscuits and cake for England), bedclothes, cleaning stuff etc.

    It really is worth paying for a professional removal company, member of BAR. Ours had won awards and provided useful extras such as large padded covers for tv, furniture etc.

    Good luck with your move
    • dancing_star
    • By dancing_star 16th Apr 18, 7:10 AM
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    (for example yesterday I noticed the windows already need cleaning again ).
    Originally posted by PThome
    Sod cleaning the windows. How dirty can they be???

    As you're selling, you don't need a deposit back from a landlord, and there's hardly likely to be anything in your contract of sale specifying cleanliness.

    I really would not bother cleaning the chuffing windows when you've got your stuff to pack and a little daughter. Have fun with her instead.
    • SG27
    • By SG27 16th Apr 18, 7:16 AM
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    How about moving some stuff into storage a few days before so you have less to move on the day itself?

    Ive never tried this, jist an idea as we have a big self storage warehouse 5 minutes away!
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