Moving flats can be a stressful time for most people but even more so for students in Hampstead. You can find yourself without a car having to somehow move everything you acquired in the last four years halfway across town to an area that's not even on the bus route! To make this a slightly less awful time, here are some things you can do to make your flat clearance more manageable.
Do you have a friend that drives? Ask them for help in return for food (and promises to help them when the time comes). Make a packing party out of it - invite people over, put on some good music, get some snacks out and give everybody a box they can start putting this in. If you've got some extra money, it's a good idea to look into local house clearance professionals that operate in Hampstead, NW3. Many of them offer competitive rates and can help with parts, if not all, of your move. That can be especially handy if you have large items like furniture that need moving.
Make sure you have enough boxes
When it comes to moving supplies, it's always better to have too much than too little. After all, it's likely that you'll be able to use any surplus next time but if you run out of boxes in the middle of the night mere hours before your landlord comes over to collect the key it can be a rather daunting, unpleasant experience. So before you start packing, get your things together! You can go down to your local supermarket and ask them to save you some extra large cardboard boxes or you can purchase special moving boxes. Those last a long time, tend to stack well and are great for storage.
You've spent hours planning essays and now it's time to apply those skills to planning a move – trust me, it will make everything a lot easier when it gets to the night before. A good home clearance plan will save you hours of stress. Prioritize and do the most important things first. Your landlord would probably be ok if you left a couple of plant pots behind but not so ok if you didn't repair the broken mirror.
Use this move as an opportunity you need to cut the excess and get some waste disposal done! Pack away the important things first but leave handy items like the kettle and toaster until last – a cup of tea can help get you back on track when the wall of boxes around you starts to feel like it's closing in. If you are moving from an unfurnished to a fully furnished new flat why don't you throw a furniture disposal party? Invite friends over and turn it into an auction – it's a good way to get some extra cash for that charity shop table you physically can't lift.
Get rid of the waste
Everything is packed and ready to go, your refuse sacks are full and the only thing left to do is to take everything to the local tip in Hampstead and start a final flat scrub down. It's always nice to leave a flat in a better state than you found it – it's that mixture of pride at beating the previous tenants at cleaning and the sense of accomplishment at leaving a lovely flat for the future tenants so that they can enjoy it as much as you did. If you loved living there, why don't you get the landlord a bottle of wine? A small gesture like that could give you a great reference should you ever need one.
Leaving a great place is always hard – take some pictures to remind you of the great memories you had there and get ready to make some new ones in your great new flat.