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MOVING HOME – THE EVERYTHING ELSE

DOWNSIZING FOR DUMMIES
 
The Radical & Mrs R 
26th August 2017
 
THE ESTATE AGENTS WERE INCOMPETENT
 
There comes a time in life when downsizing is the sensible option
It’s just making the move !
 
If you don’t want to leave a bigger mess for someone else to clear up.
 
SSTC or Sold Subject to Contract is a fallacy 
 
But Estate agents use it to promote their product when no more than “offers” are received
 
So dont be fooled.
 
Sellers need better knowledge of prospective buyers positions.
 
And the Scottish method should be adopted in England & Wales
 
Find out how the Scottish property process works and
when you will need to pay for various things along the way.
  • Stage 1 – Get a mortgage ‘in principle’
  • Stage 2 – Find a solicitor.
  • Stage 3 – Home Report and survey.
  • Stage 4 – Making an offer.
  • Stage 5 – Agreeing the contract.
  • Stage 6 – Completion and final steps.

 
Caveat Emptor even then still applies.
 
When downsizing first make a list of what must go !
 
That is the hardest bit
 
Parting from treasured possessions
 
Mrs R did a wonderful job selling on Facebook- Buy and Sell Local
 
Better than the Auction Rooms, Garage sale or Car Boot 
 
Next is the search for a smaller place
 
Bungalows are in short supply and expensive for the size.
 
Location is important but may not seem so at the time
 
A little cottage in the country is cute but impractical
 
Yet the urban sprawl is box like, crowded and gridlocked.
 
And England is a much smaller place than you imagine when looking 
 
In our case convenience was matched with colour.
 
The Colour of the Scenery 
 
Choosing a place new to explore. 
 
The hills are alive, the history is there and the sound of the sea never too far away.
 
So who are going to give you most headaches when moving home ?
 
We chose an area free from Radon Gas,
 
not high Insurance for Flooding, Crime and Car
 
And all that took some doing.
 
Deciding whether to take on “improvements required” or “ready to move in” 
 
We hoarded boxes for such an event, saved boxes for TV’s etc.. 
 
but with our own harvest and connections for cheaper food 
 
we bought Laundry Storage bags of differing sizes and put frozen food 
 
into them and then the bag into the 3 chest freezers for ease of transport for the
 
Removal men.
 
These bags are ideal for clothes and soft furnishings.
 
We also bought 75 litres Modular Storage Box & Lid
 
from Wilko at a £5 each for food & fragiles
 
Cancelling  Policies – Change of Address
 
 Home Insurance – Broker to Broker never let up 
 
Energy – Toto was easy
 
Telephone Broadband – PO Broadband were fucking useless
 
Bank & Cards – Tell us after you moved – So you needed Redirection Service 
 
TV Licence was easy 
 
 DVLA website SHOCKING – Both Car and Licence need changing
 
 Council Tax – All they want is your Money and Your Movement Details 
 
(confirming we do live in a Police State )
 
WE HAVE WAYS AND MEANS OF MAKING YOU COUGH UP 
 
NORTH HYKEHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL WEBSITE &
LINCOLN COUNCIL WERE MOST UNHELPFUL EVEN IGNORANT
 
We have been generous to our buyers 
 
who have stored possessions in one of our spare bedrooms, 
 
been to measure up and have a key once the exchange has taken place
 
Not so our Vendors who refuse to release a key
 
 until after they have been paid on the day, even though our new home is empty.
 
Even though the new home is over 100 miles away from the old.
 
There are important issues 
 
Are there enough power points for the load ?
 
Will furniture fit 
 
Can the access suit the disabled 
 
Does the bathroom need a makeover
 
Does the property meet standards 
 
Smoke Alarms, Drainage, Gas and Electric appliances
 
Do they all work ?
 
We found a sat nav and post codes for shops and local services 
made finding them easier
 
If you are moving out of your area if services come recommended it helps.
 
Doctors Dentists Plumbers, Joiners and Electricians to name a few.
 
Buy a local Ordinance Survey map for footpaths and exploring etc 
 
Search the net for local history to clubs, sports and entertainments.
 
Print off Floor plans / Site plans from Land Registry to plan not only boundaries 
 
but also measuring free wall space and garden planning 
 
THE LAST RUN-
 
LEAVE AFTER THE REMOVAL
 
BUT GET TO THE NEW PLACE FIRST
 
 
Read meters and film them for suppliers to agree.Leave a Copy
 
Vacuum Brush, Pan & Mop Bucket and Dusters
Medicines in case the Removers Breakdown
Flask of hot drink and sandwiches
Overnight wash bag 
Drinking water & Toilet Paper
Matches ?
Computer & Camera
Mobiles and Charger
In Winter – warm clothing, emergency bedding, an electric heater 
Take inflammables 
A Cup/ Plate & KFS
AND A LOT OF LUCK
 
WHAT HAVE WE FORGOTTEN ? 

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