5 tips for a successful DIY move

5 tips for a successful DIY move

Tackling and moving yourself can be both daunting but rewarding, not to mention a lot cheaper than the alternatives. You can also run to your own time and at your own pace, which can make things a lot less stressful. On the other hand, you will have a lot to deal with and organize, but with the right approach this can be made fairly straight forward.


Make sure to create a checklist of things that you can do each day. These might be tasks such as starting the packing, clearing out the garage or attic, looking into potential van hire or getting random information about available packing service companies and so on at the beginning of moving process. Make your checklist realistic and achievable, otherwise you’ll bog yourself down with too many things to do and won’t feel like you’re making any progress at moving.

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Budget for moving

Set yourself a budget and do your best to stick to it. You should be able to minimize most costs usually associated with moving by not having to hire a removal company or employing packing service companies and so on. Van hire will probably be one of your largest expenses, so have a glance at prices before you start your proper research to give you an idea of what to expect while you go through the moving process.

Packing moving materials

You can get almost all the packing materials you need for free, which will help save you money. Apart from things like packing tape and a Stanley knife, your main concern will be boxes. These can be obtained freely from any of your local grocers or supermarkets, as they often have a large amount of delivery boxes from their wholesale companies each day that will simply get thrown away. By making use of these, you’re not only saving money but being environmentally friendly.

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Van hire and a man in a van

As mentioned, make sure you shop around before committing to any one of the moving service provider companies. Often, you’ll find by comparing a number of different quotes you will find the best deal. It might be worth looking into man in any of the van service companies in your local area too, as driving as well as packing and unloading might be a lot to take on, but it’s really down to personal preference. That said, having a man in a van on hand can be very useful when it comes to having to lift and load very heavy appliances and furniture.

You should ask around friends and family in the local area to see who they recommend, as many man in van drivers base their business on word of mouth and good local feedback.

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Take your time and get help if you need it

Trying to rush and get everything out the way is often tempting, but as you will have a lot to deal with it’s much better to take your time. This is especially true when it comes to packing and loading and unloading your van. Lifting can be hard work, so you will need to take a break every now and then. If you’re feeling tired taking 5 minutes out to have a quick breather is not the end of the world. Slowly and surely is often preferable to rushed and injured.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends if you need it, they will generally be happy to help you load the van or pack some things if everything is starting to get on top of you, but overall by taking a planned approach and getting organized in advance, your move should be fairly straight forward. Happy moving!


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