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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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    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 16th Apr 18, 7:46 AM
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    The easiest way I found is to clean as you go, pack up non essentials as early as possible on the last day drag a couple of mattresses into one room and camp out, allocate one bathroom to be used and opt for a takeout dinner, moving day just a quick swipe over with the hover as the rooms are empty if they need it, when last box is in the van quick clean of the bathroom and good to go.
    Moving is messy your buyers only concern is that your out and they can move in so don't worry to much your have enough cleaning to do the other end.
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    • captainusa
    • By captainusa 16th Apr 18, 8:01 AM
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    Cleaning? Iím going to do a hoover and a bit of a dust but nothing thatís going to take more than 20 mins total. I would expect most buyers to do a proper scrub before unpacking so whatís the point of the seller doing a deep clean? My buyer mentioned they are going to put a downstairs toilet and change a few walls around straight away so Iím inclined to do even less this time around!
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 16th Apr 18, 9:45 AM
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    Yet another vote for getting removal men to do it.

    I don't care about the couple of hundred quid extra. I would rather sell the shirt off my back or eat bread and water.

    It makes a MASSIVE difference to moving house and takes so much of the stress away.

    Plus I don't think it's as bad as you think price-wise. I had LOADS of boxes and they're very generous with the paper for wrapping, the tape, and even left me several hanging wardrobes (they usually take these back or collect them later). Handy as I literally had none (and LOADS of clothes between me and my OH). If you add up the cost of all that (even cheap places like Wilko or Argos), it's pricey! Unless you're hunting down tens of empty boxes which are likely to be all different sizes and not easy for packing into the van.

    Seriously, I cannot tell you how much I recommend a packing service! All done the day before. None of this packing malarkey for weeks or days ahead. I remember doing it myself and was up until the early hours and finishing it off the day of the move. Just awful.
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    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 16th Apr 18, 9:52 AM
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    Cleaning? Iím going to do a hoover and a bit of a dust but nothing thatís going to take more than 20 mins total. I would expect most buyers to do a proper scrub before unpacking so whatís the point of the seller doing a deep clean?
    Originally posted by captainusa
    This, really. You're not contractually required to hand over a scrupulously clean house, so don't think of doing it to the standard of a fussy letting agency.
    • martindow
    • By martindow 16th Apr 18, 10:29 AM
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    Another vote for getting the removal company to do the packing. It's worth every penny.

    If you pack yourself you will find the removal company's insurance will not cover breakages in transit.
    • PThome
    • By PThome 16th Apr 18, 10:36 AM
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    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.
    Originally posted by dancing_star


    I don't need to leave the windows clean??? That would be great! I spent all weekend thinking about that (although not doing it, as I HATE doing that )! I thought we had to leave the house clean as for "getting a deposit back".
    Laminate floor and carpets are cleaned, as quite good as we have a no shoes policy at home and we have clean them thoroughly before putting the house in the market! The worrying bit was that "small" things that turn into big things if time is limited:
    - windows
    - shower glass
    - skirting boards
    - kitchen cupboards

    Unfortunately we don't have a garage, as that would facilitate a lot as space would be free on the house... But I think I'll do as suggested, start packing all kitchen stuff and clean all kitchen and live from take aways until move out

    Thanks,

    Good luck everyone
    • PThome
    • By PThome 16th Apr 18, 10:37 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!
    Originally posted by SG27

    Thank you! Maybe that is the best way to go! As we don't have space in our house (flat actually) to accumulate boxes
    • WibblyGirly
    • By WibblyGirly 16th Apr 18, 10:44 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
    Originally posted by Murphybear
    We moved our cat 200miles in one trip and he certainly let us know his feeling about it! Took about 130 miles for him to shut up and go to sleep.

    We rent, but last time we moved we packed earlier and then I moved all the boxes I could downstairs a few days beforehand so everything could be cleaned quickly upstairs. I think it only took us a few hours to load the van and then spent a night in the new house, came back to the old house to drop back the van, spent a last night in our old house with take out and cleaned. Then just had to pack a few bits of bedding and the cat into the car.
    This time I've actually purposely left boxes packed as we'll be doing the 200 mile move back in about a month or so
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 16th Apr 18, 11:16 AM
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    We moved our cat 200miles in one trip and he certainly let us know his feeling about it! Took about 130 miles for him to shut up and go to sleep.
    Originally posted by WibblyGirly
    I moved my then two cats about 70 miles One of them was violently car sick half way down. And, then, a warning light came on in the car. I've never been so glad to get anywhere. Fortunately, the warning light wasn't anything serious!

    Yet another vote for a packing service. I don't have that much furniture and, given they did the packing the day before, they were in and out quickly. Good job, too, because my buyers removal van was waiting. I followed in the car with the cats and various items I was going to need when I got there.

    By the time I got the keys the removal guys were already here. They unpacked almost as quickly as they had loaded. I had a cuppa and a bite to eat (and cleaned up the cat!) and went to bed. Did the sorting out the next day.

    I moved over ten years ago and still have some stuff in boxes.
    • EmmyLou30
    • By EmmyLou30 16th Apr 18, 11:54 AM
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    I wish I'd bought a house from someone who cared enough to even do a brief clean let alone a deep clean involving windows! I bought both my houses from filthy people who hadn't cleaned for months prior to me moving in and I don't think either made a habit of regular cleaning even before they sold. Thankfully I didn't need to move into either straight away so could deep clean the place and shampoo carpets (I wouldn't have walked into either without my shoes on it was that gross).


    So well done to all these people caring enough to clean before they vacate :-)
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 16th Apr 18, 12:18 PM
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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!
    Originally posted by SG27
    If you can afford it I recommend this.

    In every house move I've ever made I've been in a position to be able to overlap the moving dates so everything doesn't have to be done on the same day, if this wasn't possible I'd definitely hire storage for all but the basics. Aside from making a deep clean of both properties a lot easier it also give you the chance to do some redecoration of the new property without having to work around boxes and furniture.
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 16th Apr 18, 12:23 PM
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    My packers took the stuff in their van back to their depot and came back the next day (day of the move) and added the last min stuff (sofa/bed, etc).


    For what you'll pay in transport and storage, it might be worth looking into a packing and taking away option. I bet it'll be cheaper. Mine did not charge for the storage. Saying that, they'd always packed it all up and left it in situ previously. Maybe it's cos I had a lot of stuff and a fairly small house and it was easier for them to get some of it on the van already rather than packing it all into the van the day of the move.


    You might find one that offers the same.
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    • skint_chick
    • By skint_chick 16th Apr 18, 12:24 PM
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    Last time I moved I packed essentials - lunch, toilet roll, basic toiletries, clothes for the next day, cleaning materials, bin liners, old clothes for cleaning, drinks and snacks, bedsheets and duvet etc into the car. Basically everything I needed to manage that night and get up the next day without having to unpack any boxes, but still be able to clean the new place and dress myself. If you have kids make sure you have pyjamas, favourite toys, things to keep them busy, snacks, baby wipes etc in the car too. I just did my usual clean of the house the day before moving, and then a quick hoover and wipe round before. If you've already cleaned carpets and floors and packed all your stuff it should just be a matter of a quick hoover where furniture was or quick wipe of a shelf. The removal firm usually arrive about 8/8.30. Your stuff should already be in boxes, the few things that you need that morning should be in your bag/boxes in your car anyway because you're likely to need them quickly at the other end.


    When you arrive if there's cleaning to be done start with what you need to use first - toilet and kitchen sink. Then I would do the kids bedrooms/living room so they have somewhere to play quietly while you get on with the rest of the house. I cleaned the toilet and bathroom first, then my bedroom because I knew after all the cleaning I would want to have a shower and go to bed!
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    • Slithery
    • By Slithery 16th Apr 18, 12:47 PM
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    You are in no way obligated to clean the property at all. In fact some of the properties I've purchased over the years looked like they hadn't been touched in a decade

    If you have the spare time then it's obviously a nice thing to do, but if you don't have time then don't worry about it.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 16th Apr 18, 1:36 PM
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    Packing should start the day you decide you want to move, it won't be much to start with but as you go through stuff it will fall into one of three+ categories, the main ones -

    I use this all the time.
    I need to keep, but don't need it for now.
    Why am I keeping this?

    The last you have time to decide and it moves up a level or goes out.
    leave it to that last week and it comes with you.

    The middle one, you start to collect together and get into boxes for the stuff you don't think you will need inventory and marked up so if you do need something you can find.

    The top level will contain stuff you think you use but don't as much or can do without for a while, get it packed.

    get the that's the place we hide stuff worked over early,for houses that's often the loft.

    Find all the packing for the fragile and funny shapes, original if you have it, TV, electronics etc, much better packed in what they came in.

    BY exchange you should have a good idea of what you have and where your extra packing material will be coming from.

    If using flatpack make sure you have enough tape and a decent dispenser.

    Boxes are all about the right sizes and being able to stack
    don't over pack(weight), things like books and linen get very heavy so smaller boxes.

    Bin liners make good vacuum bags for short term
    • ThePants999
    • By ThePants999 16th Apr 18, 1:49 PM
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    It's been said, but I'm going to join the chorus. You don't need to clean. This isn't like renting. The contract only requires that you leave the property "vacant" - you can't leave anything behind that isn't part of the house/flat or on the fixtures/fittings list. But dust? Dirt on the windows? That sort of thing? Not a problem. Nice people do clean a bit, but it's a rare person indeed who leaves the place spotless.
    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 16th Apr 18, 2:42 PM
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    If you can afford to have the movers do the packing, do that. When I moved, they came the night before and did everything except for a bed, chair & TV and one box of kitchen essentials. Which meant I could use that evening to clean, and that getting out the following morning was quick and easy.

    If that's not an option, start packing now, box up non-essentials. Label each box with the room it is due to go into, and consider putting a number on each box, and keeping a list as you go along of what (roughly) is in each box.

    Also - be ruthless about throwing stuff out!

    When moving day gets closer, make a list of essentials to *not* pack - this would include a bag with clothes for each person, your hoover and other cleaning materials, bedding, and enough crockery and cutlery to use.

    Then start packing everything else. One room at a time probably works best, and have a carrier bag or small box in each room for stuff you can't pack - for clothes for instance, you can keep out enough or a couple of weeks, as you would if you were going on holiday, and pack the rest.

    For the kitchen, keep meals simple and pack up most of your crockery etc. This also allows you to clean as you go.

    On moving day, put the stuff you need accessible in your car, if you have one, so you have the box with the kettle, mugs and tea bags in, the hoover, a bag of clothes each etc in your possession. If this is not possible, then put big, brightly coloured post-its on those things saying 'DO NOT PACK'.

    If you can enlist a friend or family member to look after your child during the move, do so.

    Paying for storage could work but don't forget that you have to pack and move stuff into storage, so it probably own't save you much time, so unless you want things out of the way to let you do a really deep clean on the new house, it may be easier to spend the money on getting the movers to pack!

    When I did it, the way it worked was that the movers charge for the boxes they use, but then I had up to 6 months to return them, and they refunded the cost of all the returned boxes. (If you emptied them all at once, they would come back to pick them up, but they'd only make one trip, so if you wanted to return them in waves, you had to drop them of yourself after the first time.)


    I ended up keeping some of the boxes, mostly because I have a *lot* of books, and it takes ages to unpack them all, but I returned all the other boxes.

    I think when they quote you, they take into account the fact that if they pack, they get boxes of uniform size to stack up, and that he boxes will be well packed and the right size for the weight of their contents, so it makes loading and unloading easier, so although they spend extra time doing the packing, they can then load up the van more efficiently
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 16th Apr 18, 2:55 PM
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    I wish I'd bought a house from someone who cared enough to even do a brief clean let alone a deep clean involving windows! I bought both my houses from filthy people who hadn't cleaned for months prior to me moving in and I don't think either made a habit of regular cleaning even before they sold. Thankfully I didn't need to move into either straight away so could deep clean the place and shampoo carpets (I wouldn't have walked into either without my shoes on it was that gross).


    So well done to all these people caring enough to clean before they vacate :-)
    Originally posted by EmmyLou30
    This! When I last moved house I cleaned my old house within an inch!

    When I got to my new house I took 2 weeks cleaning it! Ketchup on the walls. They left the fire dirty (open fire). Even though there was GSH which was mysteriously drained but worked fine.

    Also every shelf in the house was gone! Probably what was in the fire! most odd, but saved me removing the ugly things I guess!

    I also left a bottle of champagne for the new owners. But hey!
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 16th Apr 18, 5:27 PM
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    Two moves ago, we paid for packing as well as removal. One move ago, we (mostly OH) panicked and did it ourselves. Which was better? Two moves ago, for many reasons but certainly because of that.

    OP, you are moving from a two bedroom flat, not Downton Abbey; you can do this. Some of us move from a huge detached to a tiny semi and still do it all on the same day... And wish to this day we had paid for packing.

    HTH, good luck with your move and I hope you will be happy in your new home.
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    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 16th Apr 18, 5:33 PM
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    I moved my then two cats about 70 miles One of them was violently car sick half way down. And, then, a warning light came on in the car. I've never been so glad to get anywhere. Fortunately, the warning light wasn't anything serious!

    Yet another vote for a packing service. I don't have that much furniture and, given they did the packing the day before, they were in and out quickly. Good job, too, because my buyers removal van was waiting. I followed in the car with the cats and various items I was going to need when I got there.

    By the time I got the keys the removal guys were already here. They unpacked almost as quickly as they had loaded. I had a cuppa and a bite to eat (and cleaned up the cat!) and went to bed. Did the sorting out the next day.

    I moved over ten years ago and still have some stuff in boxes.
    Originally posted by NeilCr
    I tried Feliway this time and it seemed to work, scarcely a squeak out of her the whole journey.
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