Last week I started talking about the process of furnishing your new home. I discussed how you can go about making an assessment of what furniture you might need to acquire for the new phase of your life. I also mentioned that you will find that these items fall into two categories. The low-priority items should be put off until you’ve lived in the new house for a while and have developed your new routine. This week, I’m going to talk about the high-priority items.
Let me start by explaining what I mean by high-priority items. These might include a bed to sleep in. For example, it is quite common in London for 1 or even 2 bedroom flats that are rented, to be provided with furniture. However, you might find that when you move on to the next property that there is no bed provided. So you will have to purchase one immediately, otherwise you will be sleeping on the floor. Another consideration might be white goods. Again, if you move from a flat that is furnished with a fridge/freezer or a washing machine and then move into a flat that does not have these items. You will have to buy or acquire these otherwise you will not be able to keep fresh food for long or wash your clothes.
The conundrum we face is that if you are moving from a fully furnished 1 or 2 bedroom apartment. It’s probably tiny, especially if you live in London, and likely stacked full of boxes once you’ve done your packing. So if you know that you need a bed, a fridge and a washing machine for the new home, where do you keep it? You don’t have space in your current apartment for anything else to take up residence, even for just one day. But you know that you will need these things when you arrive.
This is where your removal company can help you. If you pre-order the items that you need for the new house. Your removal company can collect it on the way to you on moving day.
A word of caution at this point. This only works if you are organised. You need to be sure that any white goods or furniture that you want to pick up on moving day will be ready when the removal company arrives. If you haven’t been able to pre-order, make sure that you know exactly which store you are going to. Call the day before to check that they have the item in stock. If you’ve bought something second-hand or have been given something for free. Make sure that the person that you are collecting from is in and that the item is ready to be collected.
What starts out as a simple collection of a piece of furniture on a day when you’ve already booked a van and a team of men, can quickly derail the whole move day when it turns out that we have to wait while stock levels are checked and warranty forms are filled-out. In general, there is a lot happening on moving day. Between the estate agent, the solicitor, the bank, the cleaner, the children and the pets, adding the purchase of a vitally important piece of furniture can easily turn the day into a catastrophe. However, with a bit of preparation and elimination of unnecessary tasks. You can make a smooth transition from your current home to your new home without losing out on sleep or clean clothes.