So …(deep breath)…. we are finally ready to take the first tentative steps on the road to moving house. After a month or so of talking, in hushed voices (for fear of jinxing it!!), about the plans we have for our ‘house to be’ we are now having to put ourselves out there and think about making some more concrete plans!!
First up – physically moving ourselves from A to B along with 10 years of accrued
One quick internet search later and I had equipped myself with a couple of
possible moving companies both conveniently located just down the road. The
first company Headington Carriers contacted me within 2 hours to arrange a visit to
assess the contents of our house. Knowing that I was going to have to be
brutally honest about the amount we have accumulated over the years I helpfully
pointed out to ‘Dan the Moving Man’ that we also needed to move the contents of
one rather large shed and one rather full loft. I was reassured to discover
that he had seen a lot worse...
The second company Bishop's Move helpfully provided a link on their website to get a free online quote. So far so good until half way through completing the online form they wanted to know where I was moving to….horror of horrors I was going to have to tempt fate and actually write down the address of our ‘house to be’! I have to admit that I filled in the form 3 times before I could finally commit to entering our potential new address. I was also required to fill in information about each room in the house and decide whether I wanted to pack up the house myself, pay for my china and fragile pieces to be packed up or pay for the whole lot to be boxed up. I selected the ‘half-way house’ option and decided to get the china and fragile bits packed up. Within 24 hours a quote had popped into my inbox, however upon close inspection I decided that it was just too cheap. So cheap in fact that I couldn’t work out whether Bishop’s Move were literally going to turn up and only pack up my china before moving just those boxes to the ‘house to be’ or whether they really would take everything else too. Cue a phone call and a same day visit at which I was delighted to discover that they also offer an unpacking service too. Every cloud……
So whilst we await the quotes the question remains do we pack ourselves or bite the bullet, pay the extra money and surrender all our possessions to the moving company? All advice gratefully received!!