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Removal company or brave it yourself?

POSTED ON 23 OCTOBER 2017

Moving home is often a bitter sweet experience, especially if you’re relocating to a completely different area. Here we take a look at whether it pays to employ the services of a removal company

You’re excited about your new home and location but the process of packing, organising and actually moving all of your items is something no-one really ever looks forward to. Not only that but you also have to contact utility companies, maintain a job, keep your children happy and clean your entire house. You do have super powers, right?

Luckily you’re not alone. According to Cambridge Removals and Storage, people on average move house five times before they turn 30 and then three more times later on in life, making a total of eight moves.

Removal companies 

Unless you live in a small property or flat, it could be worth hiring a professional removal company to help relieve some of the stress on the day. They have many skills and experience and some of the services they can provide include packing and unpacking, dismantling and assembling furniture, loading your belongings quickly and securely, including those fragile and specialist items. They can even supply you with packing materials.

Hiring a removal company will also allow you the time to collect the keys to your new home. You also won’t have to worry about the exhausting physical side of things, that being carrying boxes back and forth. Some services are great if you don’t have much time to plan and get these done yourself; however these do often come at a premium and may not be suitable for those on a budget.

When choosing a removal company its key to look at those which have good recommendations and reviews, as you need a company you can rely on. You can use comparison sites, such as comparemymove.com and reallymoving.com, to help find you the best deals.

As mentioned earlier a removal company can come with a pricey cost but there are a number of factors which can determine just how expensive this could be. This ranges from the amount of goods being transported, the distance travelled, the size of the crew needed and the speed of packing. Some removal companies will explain their charges and how you can lower the costs if you supply your own packing materials and help out on the day.

Getting quotes

You should aim to get at least three quotes from removal companies, preferably from firms which will come out to your property rather than those who just estimate the cost over the phone, as you don’t want any nasty charges later on. Plus it will give the company an accurate idea of any restricted areas in your home, if they can park a van or lorry, and how many items you have. You should also ask for the price to be broken down so you can see just how much you are paying for when it comes to certain aspects like insurance, packing, an hourly rate, mileage and any storage costs.

Once you have found a removal company, it can be useful to send them a briefing sheet that includes information about any items which need to be specially packed, any difficult or large items, plus any carpets and curtains which need moving. Finally, it can also be helpful to send them a floor plan of the new property so they can unload efficiently.

D.I.Y 

Now, you might live in a smaller home, where you really don’t have too many items, or you might just be on a budget and want to move your items yourself. You can easily do this but you’ll probably still need to look at hiring a van, or hiring a man with a van, to drive you to your destination. Websites such as comparethemanandvan.co.uk and europcar.co.uk can be useful to gather quotes for your move.

When moving and packing yourself, it’s important to pack your items in an organised manner to ensure that it’s easier to unpack and you know which items are where! Top Tip: You can get free cardboard boxes from your local supermarket or pharmacy.

Other than cardboard boxes, you will also need: packing tape, bubble wrap, old newspaper, stretch wrap for furniture, markers and labels. The key is to pack early. Start with rooms you use less and pack away any seasonal items that you’re not currently using. As you pack, make sure you also declutter. You could even hold a garden sale for any unwanted items.

Top tips for packing

When packing, ensure you don’t overload your boxes with heavy items, as these will be difficult to lift and could cause a back injury.

Fill any empty gaps using old newspaper, clothing, socks or even tea towels. This will help secure any items when they are being moved.

Create an inventory and label all your boxes and write the contents on each box with a marker. That way you will know which room each box is to go in. And if you are super organised, you could even colour code each room!

Pack heavier boxes on the bottom. This might seem like common sense but it will ensure that any of your fragile items won’t break.

Pack a survival box. These are the things that you will need first and should include paper towels, bin bags, cutlery, the kettle, some mugs, tea, coffee, milk, sugar and finally, some toilet paper!

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