We're about to exchange contracts on the sale of our home and are planning for completion and the move in April. However, I could do with some help to settle a 'difference of opinion' in our house about the moving process.
My plan is for the house contents to be packed and shipped when we complete, and for us all to be on a plane that day/within a few days. This would mean organizing short-term furnished accommodation before or on arrival while we wait for our entire possessions to turn up 10-12 weeks later, but this does in turn give us plenty of time to have a good look around before deciding where we want to live longer term and finding a long-term unfurnished rental (or even a place to buy).
However, my wife prefers the idea of shipping everything early so that it arrives soon after our arrival, meaning we would only need expensive furnished/hotel accommodation for the time it takes to find and arrange longer-term unfurnished accommodation. She feels that having our things around us earlier will help us all adjust quicker. I can't argue with that but the downside is that we would likely be sleeping on the floor, eating off of disposable plates and all sat around a borrowed portable TV (cross-legged on the floor, I expect) for two months before we leave. This also means we will have much less time to explore the suburbs, schools, etc. and may make a hasty decision that we later regret.
There are lots of other variables but I won't bore you with them all here (like finding furnished accommodation that will allow our cat, once she leaves quarantine).
Are either of these plans flawed? Considering we would like to sort out a school place ASAP, do schools accept short-term rentals as satisfactory evidence of residing in their catchment area?
I'd be pleased to hear from anyone on how how they did it and whether they feel it worked or not?