Mov­ing house? Here are 11 things to re­mem­ber

Don’t use a friend, don’t get emo­tional and above all, carry your own toi­let roll

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - New Homes - Tanya Sweeney

Ac­cord­ing to age-old wis­dom, mov­ing house is more stress­ful than a re­la­tion­ship break­down, a new job or even a di­vorce. And after the week­end I’ve just had, mov­ing my worldly pos­ses­sions from Home A to Home B, I’m not in­clined to quib­ble.

That said, this is my third move in as many years. I hadn’t even un­packed some of the boxes from my last move be­fore my land­lord con­tacted me to say he was sell­ing the apart­ment.

Even so, I keep for­get­ting how big an un­der­tak­ing it is; how emo­tion­ally wrench­ing it is to see your liv­ing space up­ended and packed up.

But in three years, I’ve learned a thing or two about get­ting a move done – from the first item packed to the ju­bi­lant col­laps­ing onto the sofa at the end – within three days. It’s a set of skills and hacks that was hard-won (and in­volves the ex­per­tise of oth­ers) and you’d be ad­vised to learn from my mis­takes. orig­i­nally es­ti­mated 200). Make sure, too, that your stuff is cov­ered by in­sur­ance. And for god’s sake, don’t be so Ir­ish about apol­o­gis­ing to re­moval­ists for ask­ing them to lug your huge fur­ni­ture up a flight of stairs.

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