Moving house? Don't forget to pack all the light bulbs

Moving house? Don't forget to take all the light bulbs

Moving house? Don't forget to take all the light bulbs

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Web content editor

Carpets, toilet seats and even the kitchen sink are all items Watford home owners are happy to take with them when they move.

According to research from Saga Legal Solutions, almost a quarter of people in the Watford area are happy to pack up their light bulbs along with their other possessions when they move home.

The company found that home owners are likely to find their new place more shell-like when they move in, requiring an impromptu visit to the shops.

Top five unusual items removed from homes 

  • Light bulbs (23 per cent)
  • Carpets & Floorboards (11 per cent)
  • Light switches (8 per cent)
  • Plants from the garden & Toilet seat (6 per cent)
  • Door handles & The proverbial kitchen sink (3 per cent)

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8:35am Thu 3 Apr 14

Cuetip says...

Many years ago when I bought my first home from a family, they asked whether they could stay an extra week or two as there was a snag. I was living with my mother with no possessions except my clothes, I agreed.

When they left, apart from leaving the home spotless and inheriting a cat, they left a sum of money to cover rent, utility bills, table coths, cleaning fluids, etc.

Since then, I've moved a few times and with last move, the sellers left no forwarding address. They not only left the house in a filthy condition, stripped of toilet paper, but took out a third mortgage on the house just before the sale which I would have been liable.

Luckily, my solicitor discovered this disgusting ploy and I was more than happy to forward their address to the debt collectors / bailiffs which their removal firm passed to me.
Many years ago when I bought my first home from a family, they asked whether they could stay an extra week or two as there was a snag. I was living with my mother with no possessions except my clothes, I agreed. When they left, apart from leaving the home spotless and inheriting a cat, they left a sum of money to cover rent, utility bills, table coths, cleaning fluids, etc. Since then, I've moved a few times and with last move, the sellers left no forwarding address. They not only left the house in a filthy condition, stripped of toilet paper, but took out a third mortgage on the house just before the sale which I would have been liable. Luckily, my solicitor discovered this disgusting ploy and I was more than happy to forward their address to the debt collectors / bailiffs which their removal firm passed to me. Cuetip
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1:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

morganwilliam says...

The son of the owner of our first purchase had the house stripped of everything. We were left with bare wires hanging out of ceilings. He sold off the built in oven and hob and we had the purchasers chasing us for missing parts. He tried to sell us the oil remaining in the storage tank and we refused. He sold us a built in gas fire because our solicitor didn't spot it hadn't been included as a fixture. The lovely old lady owner wanted to leave a wardrobe, dressing table and curtains for us newly weds as she was moving into a flat. Guess what, he sold them too. The next time we moved I bought a conveyancing book and did all the work myself, advertising, sale, conveyancing, drove the removal vehicle and didn't get stung by anyone.
The son of the owner of our first purchase had the house stripped of everything. We were left with bare wires hanging out of ceilings. He sold off the built in oven and hob and we had the purchasers chasing us for missing parts. He tried to sell us the oil remaining in the storage tank and we refused. He sold us a built in gas fire because our solicitor didn't spot it hadn't been included as a fixture. The lovely old lady owner wanted to leave a wardrobe, dressing table and curtains for us newly weds as she was moving into a flat. Guess what, he sold them too. The next time we moved I bought a conveyancing book and did all the work myself, advertising, sale, conveyancing, drove the removal vehicle and didn't get stung by anyone. morganwilliam
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