Your most important suitcase: All the essentials you need to move house
Moving into your own place for the first time can be a daunting prospect - there's so much to remember. From sorting out your energy providers to remembering where you packed the teabags; it can be difficult to keep track of your priorities.
Luckily, we've put together this guide to remind you of the essentials you need when you move. We hope it makes life a little easier.
Passport/ID - You may need an approved form of ID when you sign your rental documents with your letting agent or landlord - so make sure they're not at the bottom of a suitcase. You are likely to need two forms of ID - something to prove who you are, such as a passport or driving licence, and something to prove your (old) address - such as a bank or credit card statement dated within the last couple of months.
Boxes - Never underestimate how many boxes you'll require when you move. At a bare minimum, you'll need enough to build a decent sized fort once you've unpacked. You can start collecting them early by asking at your local supermarket, and you can re-enforce them with parcel tape if necessary. Remember to check they're all dry and spider-free, so you don't get a nasty surprise when you unpack.
Bin bags - Moving into a new place means being ruthless. Go through your belongings with a fine-tooth comb and root out all those things you really don't need cluttering up your home. You can then bag them up ready for the charity shop, Freecycling, recycling - or the bin men.
Cleaning products - It's always worth having a box of cleaning products to hand when you first move in. While the previous tenants should have cleaned, they may not have - at least not to your standards. Give your new home a quick blitz before you start to unpack.
Light bulbs - If you anticipate unpacking late into the night, it's worth buying some light bulbs. Why? Because it's not unusual for previous tenants to make off with all the bulbs when they leave. To make sure you're not left in the dark, ask your landlord what bulbs the property's light fittings take and come prepared. Hopefully you won't have to use them.
Label your essentials - After a long day transporting your possessions from one place to another, cleaning and making a start on the unpacking, the last thing you want is to be unable to find the kettle and teabags when you're gasping for a brew. And if it's after midnight and you still haven't found the bag containing your bedding, you might lose the will to go on entirely. ALWAYS label your essentials so you know exactly where to find them when you need them most.
Temporary data subscription and dongle - These days, you can get broadband set up at your home pretty quickly, but if you can't face even a minute without internet access, it's worth coming prepared.
Take-away cash - Moving house sure can build up an appetite â€" but you'll probably be in no mood to cook. Make sure you have cash and the details of a local take-away on you so you can celebrate your first night with a slap-up feast.
Loo roll - Just trust us on this one.
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