In order to have a hassle free moving experience, you need to start preparing a couple of months in advance. Moving here will mean that you are packing up a home and a life. You’ll have to be fairly judicious about what you take with you and what you leave behind. Major appliances should not be taken when you are moving to London. Not only may you run into problems with the power compatibility, but more often than not, you’ll find that they just don’t fit into your smaller sized London apartment.
- Packing paperwork. It is vital that you do not pack your important paperwork into your boxes. When you are moving you need to travel with your paperwork in case you need it in the first few weeks. There is nothing worse than trying to open a bank account with a document that is in the middle of the Atlantic buried in a box!
- If possible, make certified and notarized copies of all of your important documents before you leave. You never know when you may have to part with a document for official purposes. And if you have a few copies of each document you’ll not have to run around looking for a notary or magistrate to certify your birth certificate.
- If you don’t absolutely need it, then don’t bring it with you. You need to look at living in London as one of the greatest adventures you’ll ever take. You’ll have the chance to experience life from a different perspective. Old letters and trinkets? Do you really need them? It might be wise to leave smaller items at home and use your time in London to really experience a new life and a new world.
The biggest question is when to send your boxes. There is no point in living in a hotel with all of your household contents lying in the lobby! Wait until you are sure that you have found the perfect rental, before instructing your moving company to ship your belongings.