How To Move House Without A Removal CompanyJanuary 26, 2015
The housing market has seen more movement over the last year or so, partly because of the help to buy scheme and partly because of the economic recovery. Despite this, people are still looking to save every penny they can when it comes to moving house. That’s why more people now use van hire for their move as opposed to the expensive removals companies. You can save a lump sum by doing some of the leg work yourself and that’s why we’ve created a quick guide for how to move house without removals companies.
Have a good sort out
Moving is a tricky prospect at the best of times and all of your clutter will no doubt make packing a horrific experience. For some people it’s torture to declutter their home, but there is no point lugging around more boxes than you absolutely need to. Sort out your things before you begin to pack and decide what you actually need and what can be thrown away. Anything which can be given to a charity shop or sold at a car boot sale is an extra bonus as you avoid waste and reduce your own possessions down.
Label up your boxes
You’re going to need to be organised and one way to do this is to pack things into room specific boxes. Label up some boxes for each room and keep everything together. This makes the moving process easier as you know where to put the boxes once you reach your new home and you won’t be scrabbling around to find the kettle in and amongst a myriad of unlabelled boxes. This can also help you with decluttering as things which don’t fit your box categories might be just the kind of thing you can get rid of.
Hire a van for the day
The big cost of removals companies can often be unnecessary if you can get the move done in a few trips. Hire a van for the day – or over several days – and drive yourself. This will give you peace of mind when it comes to loading up your valuables and means you can get the job done at a time which suits you. Make sure you get a van which will fit your larger pieces of furniture and use your car for smaller items if you have one. We’ve written a guide on choosing the right size of van for the job; please take a look.
Move the big stuff first
The last thing you want to be doing on moving day is trying to negotiate your way through a maze of boxes in your new home whilst carrying a heavy bookcase or table. With your own van you can select the stuff you want to move and get the big items into the house first, making it easier to maneuver these tricky items.
Enlist the help of family and friends
While you might not need the transportation assistance from a removals company, you do still need the manpower. If you’re moving by yourself then enlist the help of a few family members or friends. Don’t have too many people trying to help as you’ll simply get in each other’s way. With some muscle power from these people you can make light work of moving boxes and furniture. Choose the people who are most reliable, you don’t want moving day to arrive and have people flake out.
Here at I-Drive Van Hire we provide a variety of van sizes to cater for all needs. So when you plan on moving house and want to keep your costs down, contact us and our professional team will help set you up with van hire for your move. i-Drive Van Hire are based in Nottingham but operate in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas.