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Moving! Mar. 31st, 2003 12:52 pm
For those of you who haven't been in on all the details:

On April 22 (yes, 3 weeks away), my job moves to London. W1T, in fact.

I will be moving with it. Which means I need a flat/house in N. London. Leytonstone looks promising. I hear the natives are friendly ;)

The earliest I can get out of my flat is ~May 28. I plan to move house a week or so before that, to give enough overlap to clean things up. Actually I really need to check the contract details on that.

Which means I need to book removals a couple (or more) weeks before moving. Which generally starts a chain of prior event requirements that bumps into today. And rattles around Whitby quite annoyingly.

So from now I shall be looking rather actively for such accomadation. Any help in doing so would be greatly appreciated.

I shall also be setting up a 'move' group on my friends list. If you a) can help or b) want to know what's going on, please comment below.

Random offers of short-term crashspace may be useful too.

Update

Just spoke to letting agents about properties in London. Apparently all properties in that area invariably go within a week, so there's no way we can plan this particularly far ahead, but the budget we're looking at is more than adequate to get a 2-3 bed house there.

However we may have to do the searching *from* London.

Trying to get a removals agent to act on the sort of short notice we need could be tricky.

From: adjectivemarcus
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 04:19 am (Link)
I'm Leyton / Stratford, and while I've not got much room if you want to crash let me know. I can also give you a nasty brown floral sofa, if you want.
From: feanelwa
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 04:33 am (Link)
S'pose so, because at the very least i ought to find out how much stuff of yours i ought to find and give back before you move. Do you want me to do the very small-scale irrational waa at you on Wednesday before Whitby, or after, or not at all? It's sufficiently insubstantial and small that it can be made to wait and shouldn't make you be worried.
From: wechsler
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 04:40 am (Link)
*hugslots*

Feel free to *waa*, I wish I'd had time to talk about this with you but things are just moving by so fast... if you want to talk at some time let me know.

I didn't think you had much stuff of mine tho.
From: feanelwa
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 04:41 am (Link)
I think i have a multitool, that's about it.
From: booklectic
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 04:42 am (Link)
As I told Karen, I love flat-hunting and would be ecstatically, possibly disturbingly, happy to help with that.

I think you're right that Leyton/Stratford is the best choice - you can afford a two bedroom place round there. Walthamstow is also worth checking out. www.findaproperty.co.uk and www.rightmove.co.uk are useful.

I won't bother offering crash space, since Karen has the cat allergy thing...
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From: booklectic
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:19 am (Link)
I doubt it! Am also helping babysimon later in the year, probably, would love to help you too. It's useful to have a second opinion on places, I find - the person who's looking is often so rushed they can't think clearly.
From: achanchinou
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 04:43 am (Link)
Actually, as someone that's moved about 20 million times, let me make a couple of little suggestions that might make your life easier.

a) do that move two weeks ahead of time. Get all your stuff over to the new flat, if you find one, or storage or whatnot, and leave only something to sleep on. Spend the next two-three days going over the old flat to see if you've forgotten anything, if there's anything you need to attempt to repair yourself before you get charged an ungodly fee for having damaged, broke, or whatever.

b) You'll have a couple of miserable days sleeping out on the floor, or a pad or something, but it will be worth it. When you leave, you'll probably have a box of stuff you would've forgotten and you're glad you haven't forgotten.

Doing that will also give you a some cleaning time, and cleaning time will give you more of your deposit back. Theoretically. As of yet I have still never once actually gotten my deposit back at all from any apartment ever. Bastards. :-P
From: duranorak
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 04:59 am (Link)
Crash space here if elsewhere doesn't work - of course. ~hugs~

Still see you Wednesday night?

E.
x
From: wechsler
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:02 am (Link)
*nods*
From: casparian
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:17 am (Link)
Hiya,
have you tried findaproperty.com? It's how we found our flat a couple of months ago (and various other potentials).
We were never told to move *too* quickly, but there were 2 other flats we went to put a deposit on, only to be beaten on the exact same day! Gah! So if you find a place you really like, and visit it, put down a deposit as soon as possible! They generally dont want you to start paying rent until you've set a date to move in, but if you secure it as soon as possible, at least you know you have somewhere.

Good luck with the move! I moved from Inverness to London just over a year ago, it was a nightmare but, after 12 months of living with friends and tiny little rooms I've finally got somewhere I'm really happy in :)

Casp x
From: velvetfox
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:39 am (Link)
*SCREAM*

Ello casp. it's Taly

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From: casparian
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:41 am (Link)
LOL, fancy meeting you here ;)

Casp

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From: velvetfox
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:50 am (Link)
And how the hell do you know wechsler!

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From: casparian
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:51 am (Link)
I dont, I looked at my friendsfriends page (ie its all the posts by the friends of my friends), so she's kind of a... once removed friend? or a second friend? I dont know :o| lol

Either way I have you on my friends list now, hope you dont mind ;)

Casp x
From: wechsler
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:56 am (Link)
Erm, she?

Must have been overdoing the eyeliner again ;)
From: feanelwa
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 06:13 am (Link)
You big girl *pinchbottom*

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From: casparian
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 07:14 am (Link)
Lordy, I just replied to a post I thought I coudl be helpful on, I didn't realise I'd be having an indeapth conversation about how I knew you so I didnt study your profile ;) Sorry :P

Casp xx

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From: velvetfox
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:57 am (Link)
woohoo! yeah that's groovy. come and meet my friends.

also. wechsler is a *HE*

LOL
From: valkyriekaren
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 06:10 am (Link)
y'know, I could ask you the same question!
From: velvetfox
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 06:28 am (Link)
I dont :) except via http://www.livejournal.com/~grahamb/friends

But I peeked in and noticed Casp
From: djm4
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:22 am (Link)
Crash space and use of an ADSL connection and phone line available from our place if you need it. Plus I'll help in any other way I can.
From: conflux
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 05:38 am (Link)
Yep, we too can offer crash space if you don't mind a futon (and we also have ADSL). We are in West London which may not be so helpful and we won't have much space on the 5th due to people crashing after my birthday party. If you are in London on the 5th then you would be welcome to come and we will sort some crash space out somewhere.
From: alixandrea
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 08:05 am (Link)
We...? (Haven't read any further forward yet...)

And if you need to book a van to move stuff, the company I work for does one-way rentals, and I could get you a 10% discount no worries. :-)

*Hugs* Gonna miss you puddy-tat. :-)
From: wechsler
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 08:11 am (Link)
I'll need to get a removals company in for all my stuff, but I do need to call you to book something for Whitby.
From: vicki_t_veg
Date: March 31st, 2003 - 09:06 am (Link)
You could crash here if you need to we have spare bed and on the bus route to Leytonstone.