We did the move ourselves rather than hire professional movers. That saved me at least Â£1,100 (so a powerful incentive).
Was it worth it? On balance, yes, although it cost in terms of effort and very aching bodies.
The move also cost time, almost the entire past week with most attention focused on the move, packing and all the bits and pieces you have to plan in connection with a move. Canâ€™t avoid that, however you do a move, whether self-moved or with professional movers.
So I sit here in my minimalist workspace on Sunday evening, reflecting a bit on the past week:
- My wife Laura has been a rock star, firmly focused on pre-move planning and prep, getting most of the packing done, and then GTD on move day. I just did as I was told and shifted stuff :)
- I spent a lot of time with my dad who was indispensible to the success of the move; the whole thing was worthwhile just from spending time with him, something I donâ€™t do often enough (thatâ€™s one more change Iâ€™m going to make).
- Neighbour Peter was tremendous â€“ he lent us his Mercedes van that was just right for our move even if it ultimately meant more than a dozen shuttle trips from old place to new place.
- Trying to move a complete house in just two days as we did was a wildly optimistic plan. We did do it but it was a knackering experience.
- You need a lot of stamina to move a house yourself, more than you might realize. And itâ€™s great aerobic exercise.
- Our place has 26 stairs up and down. Going up and down so many times felt like climbing the Eiffel Tower.
- Moving is one thing, making the new place a home rather than just a house takes time. So weâ€™ll have boxes around for a bit.
- Jones the cat settled in very quickly indeed. New place but lots of familiar things would help.
- My 3 mobile broadband dongle worked a treat.
- Virgin Mediaâ€™s engineer showed up on Saturday afternoon exactly when Virgin said he would, so we have broadband net connectivity and TV. No landline phone, though; a bit of a mix-up, it seems, with BT re transfer of number as I learned in multiple conversations today with Virginâ€™s support people.
Itâ€™s a return to more or less normal tomorrow. All I really need to function is a workspace, computer and a network connection. I have those even if boxes are piled up everywhere (you should see the garage).
So it will probably take most of October to get the new place as we like it. Thatâ€™s fine, thereâ€™s no rush.