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Tips on a DIY Move

Everyone is talking about the state of the economy these days. In fact, it seems like this subject has practically over-taken the age old English favourite, the weather! However, it is a serious issue and money is tight for a lot of people. But, this doesn’t mean that we’re still not moving home.

There are all sorts of reasons people are still buying and selling property and after all, we all need somewhere to live. What appears to be happening (and this may or may not be a good thing), is that people are looking to undertake a move on their own.

Now, this has its advantages (namely cost) but, it does have its disadvantages as well. So, below are the advantages:

  1. It probably will cost you less because you’re doing all the hard work a removal company would take off your hands
  2. You will have the advantage of knowing exactly where everything is packed in the van.
  3. You can work on your own schedule. This means that you hire the van you need for said amount of time and you’re not tied to a particular collection or delivery time.

Now, the Disadvantages:

When you read on and find out what the disadvantages are, you will start to understand that when you’re moving home it’s probably a much better idea to budget the price of a professional removal company into the overall costs.

  1. Professional companies know their business well and when it comes to packing a van, they will be able to easily and quickly pack everything up so it won’t get damaged in transit. This is something you may not think about. After all, moving is stressful enough and you have a million other things to think about.
  2. Your removal company will also know in the blink of an eye what size vehicle you need. This is one of the biggest mistakes anyone can make, and I’m among them. There is nothing worse than finding out the van you’ve hired is too small or, it will be over the legal weight limit when fully loaded. This can lead to all sorts of problems. More trips mean more money on fuel. It also means your move will take longer and although this may not hit your wallet, it won’t do your blood pressure any good!


There are many people that quite happily carry-out their own removal but, the one piece of advice I will give you is to think it through carefully. Many removals carried out by professionals cost just a few hundred pounds. This may seem like a lot to you but, factor in the costs of additional fuel, the heartbreak of losing a precious belonging because it’s been damaged in transit and the fact that insurance premiums could go up if you need to make a claim, and you soon start to wonder if it’s worth all the added stress doing the move on your own.

Author: Julie Coburn