Moving Day(s)

November 25, 2006 at 2:57 pm (Moving to the US)

The 100-mile move went pretty well. We hired a local moving firm to do the loading and unloading on their vans, while we did the packing. The moving firm were excellent, unlike the large national moving firm we had last time*….

As the house will be a bit of a work in progress aka disaster area, we decided that most of the large furniture, all decorative bits, some clothes etc should be put into self storage. Therefore, we’re sleeping on a mattress on the floor and living out of a suitcase, that is, a suitcase and cardboard hanging wardrobe provided by the movers. Our one luxury is our loveseat, to go with the TV and DVD player.

Day One

9am – Movers arrived and loaded a giant lorry with our goods going into the self-storage in our new town. Funny thing is, our things occupied only a fifth of the capacity!

11am – Movers departed. They were quick!!

We spend the rest of the day doing some packing and some friends met us for dinner at a local restaurant.

Day Two i.e. The Big Day

8:30am – Movers arrived but eat their breakfast in the transit van.

8:50am – Movers begin moving stuff out while we frantically did last minute packing (i.e. this computer).

10:00am – Movers departed for destination

10:15am – We went to a local cafe for a full English breakfast

12:15pm – Departed for destination after doing a cursory tidy up and safety check on the car

1:45pm – Collected keys from the estate agent

2:20pm – Movers arrived

2:25pm – Locked ourselves out of the house (yes, we’re idiots; we were both out front and the wind blew the door shut.)

2:30pm – Nice next-door neighbour let me use her phonebook and telephone. The two locksmiths I reached weren’t available for at least two hours.

2:45pm – J creatively opened the front door without a key (using his plastic pass from a recent technology conference — a victory to geeks everywhere. Whew! Note to worrying mothers: locks are being changed on Tuesday and door security will be upgraded!

3:15pm – Van unloaded, movers tipped on their way out.

And then we unpacked.

*They sent out subcontractors without telling us. These subcontractors were idiots, complete with inappropriate comments towards us! The men did quite a bit of damage (broken table legs, scratches, crushed lampshades, that sort of thing) and when we made a claim on the
insurance they sold us, they paid us back an amount just under what we paid for the insurance! Grr! I should have fought them on it.

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