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From Baby Teeth to £30k in Cash - The Items Left Behind on Moving Day

By Maurice Shasha  //  Mon 12th April 2021
Moving day is a stressful business with plenty to do so it’s no surprise that some homebuyers leave items behind as they head for pastures new. The nature of these forgotten things might, however, lead you to raise an eyebrow.
Items left when moving house
According to research by insurance company Admiral, items left behind on moving day range from children’s baby teeth, a pet cat, the chassis from an aircraft and dirty nappies to a cupboard containing £30,000 in cash - not to mention a crossbow, sewing machine, guitar and an expensive bottle of whiskey. 

Noel Summerfield, from Admiral, said: “Moving home is an exciting but overwhelming experience, and even though we try our best to have a seamless move, things can unfortunately go missing and get broken. 

“The stress of the move can often cause people to forget to pack the items that have sentimental value like photographs, jewellery and ornaments. Allowing plenty of time to pack up your valuables will help to reduce the risk of misplacing them during the home moving process.” 

More common items left behind include books, photographs, mirrors and pictures - the sort of things we are so used to seeing on walls and shelves that we forget they are there. 

Belongings packed away in sheds or outhouses are also frequently abandoned, such as barbecues, sledges, kites and DIY equipment. 

But more significant items can be misplaced too, with passports, driving licences, birth and death certificates found in properties by the new owners - a real issue for anyone moving internationally. 

Another frequent frustration for movers is finding that they’ve left behind the screws, bolts and instructions needed to reassemble flatpack furniture, as well as remote controls for TVs and phone charges left plugged into the wall. 

Read more about this story in House Beautiful magazine. 

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