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by Kim Meldrum (8th January 2013)

When getting close to the final stages of selling your house you will face the decision of using a professional moving company or deciding to tackle the task yourself. It is essential to look at the pros and cons of both DIY moving and using a professional company to make sure your decision will work well for you. It’s vital to consider factors such as the distance you’re movingand the quantity of furniture and possessions you have to move.

Opting to move yourself enables you to keep your own schedule, making the whole process more manageable and relaxed as you aren’t required to be in a certain place at a certain time; thisenables you to move at your own pace and can be less stressful.

A key part of hiring a professional company is conducting research to find one that is trustworthy and reasonably priced, this process can take a considerable amount of time and could delay your move.However  allows you to enter all your moving details and receive 5 quotes free of charge from companies in your area based on your requirements. It should also be kept in mind that compared to the costs of hiring a man and van or Removal Company, moving yourself is thefar more economical choice.

If you opt for a DIY style move it is essential you purchase good quality packing materials such as boxes, bubble wrap and tape. It is a good idea to make a list of what you will need to pack so you can buy everything you need in one go. Invest in boxes of various sizes; this will help you to pack appropriately. have a good range and offer a next working day delivery service. Heavy items such as books should be packed in specialised strong boxes, double walled boxes are ideal for heavier items. Doing less trips to the removal van may tempt you into overloading your boxes, keep weight in mind to prevent straining yourself when loading and unloading.  Although packing your home up can seem a daunting task being organised and packing up room by room with the appropriate equipment really will help. When packing yourself you can make sure your possessions are handled and packed with care. Hiring a company can add stress to moving house when it comes to possessions with sentimental value, moving on your own enables you to make sure your most valuable possessions are packed and transported carefully.


There are negatives to think of if you decide to move yourself such as lifting heavy boxes and furniture, if you’re unused to doing heavy lifting in your day-to-day life you can cause yourself serious injury lifting and carrying when moving, this risk is eliminated if you hire a removal firm. Actually packing the vehicle correctly can be difficult; you may end up being forced to make more trips due to poor packing. If you pack the vehicle inefficiently your possessions may get damaged, you can face problems such as heavy objects falling over or delicate objects, such as glass getting broken as the van moves. Without professional help loading and unloading a van can be time consuming and involve lots of trips back and forth, keep in mind you may need a special licence or permit for driving a large van.


Using a professional company will reduce stress and help give you peace of mind when it comes to loading and unloading, experience moving heavy objects daily means staff from a removal firm are less likely to injure themselves or your belongings. Employees of moving companies drive large vans regularly so are comfortable behind the wheel of a large vehicle; they will also already have the necessary license to drive. Employing a firm who are trained and experienced to organise your move for you means it will be conducted more efficiently than doing it yourself. Be sure to obtain various quotes and if you decide to hire a company to pack as well as remove your belongings ensure the company you choose will use good quality packing materials.


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Author: on 8th January 2013
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"An expert in the moving industry, Kim has worked in a variety of jobs from news editing and photo journalisim to marketing consultant and online advisor to UK removal and storage companies."

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