Moving Yourself Vs Using A Removalists Company

Packing could be a manageable exercise if you only have a few things to move – say, stuff from a studio or a one-bedroom flat. It could get a bit more complicated and time-consuming if you are moving from a bigger home with the usual stuff, plus exercise equipment, lawn and gardening tools, computers, a home entertainment system and other big-ticket items.

If you have antiques, fragile items to move, family heirlooms, a chandelier, grand piano, or even valuable artwork, these are also best handled by professional removalists. The same can be said of heavy, oddly shaped items and ones that won’t fit through standard doors.

Aside from having the necessary packing material depending on how much you’re moving and where you’re relocating, the cost of a house move can very quickly add up. For some, one way to economise is to take a do-it-yourself approach to the packing and moving process.

And while there’s no denying you could save on costs by handling everything yourself, there are several cons that come with trying to DIY your move. Meanwhile, by choosing to work with removalists, you know you have professionals handling the many tasks that go into a house move. However, you need to be prepared for the expenses that come with hiring a professional removals service.

So, which is the better option?

To ensure you end up making an informed decision, let’s go over the advantages and disadvantages of moving yourself vs using a removalists, expert removalists have the requisite manoeuvring skills to ensure the safe removal of such items. They are also trained in the right way to pack sensitive items to reduce or eliminate the risk of damage or breakage.

One other thing, when you DIY the packing process, there’s a good chance you’ll end up putting it off at the last minute. With the pros on hand, you can expect the packing to start and finish on schedule.

But if you feel you can handle this job well enough, then make sure you set aside time dedicated solely for packing. Purchase or prepare packing materials like several rolls of packing tape, differently sized cartons, box cutters, markers, packing tissue and peanuts, bubble wrap and so on. To finish the job faster, you could try enlisting the help of family and friends, but make sure you instruct them or let them know about your standards or expectations.

Lifting, Carrying and Loading

moverOn moving day, you’ll have to lift, carry and load everything into the vehicle you’re using for your move, whether it’s a family van or your rented self-moving vehicle. That is if you’re determined to have a DIY move.

Although you may have family and friends helping you out, you can’t always depend on them to perform this task with the same level of care as professional removalists. This is why it isn’t uncommon to discover dents in wooden furniture and electrical appliances and detached or missing knobs or handles after a move.

With a removalist service, you have people you can depend on to ensure your possessions are handled properly and moved safely from your house to the moving truck. Removalists will also have the tools and equipment needed to transport heavy or bulky items you and your well-meaning helpers may find too difficult to move or manoeuvre.

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Insurance

insuranceOne crucial element in every move is insurance – especially if you have items of great value or to which you are attached in a sentimental way.

When working with removalists, make sure you ask for an estimate of all of your belongings and see if they can include your possessions in the moving insurance policy. Moreover, a professional removalist can help you find out what’s not covered in your homeowner’s policy.

If you opt to do everything yourself, getting your items insured will be another task you have to undertake. Check your home insurance policy, especially the finer details so you know exactly how much coverage you will still need for your move.

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Experience and Skills

Complete Removal ServiceWhen it comes down to experience and skills as requirements, hiring professional removalists is obviously the better alternative. Since it’s their job to move people and their possessions from one place to another, you can depend on them to deliver reliable and efficient services.

Moreover, professional removalists are insured and bonded, so you’re covered if anything untoward happens to the goods during the move. But, of course, you’ll only be getting your money’s worth by ensuring you choose to work with experienced and trustworthy removalists. So, get a few estimates from different removalists to see how they price their work and get a fair idea of how much your move will cost.

Once you decide on which removals service you’ll use, make sure you vet the company and check for online reviews or customer testimonials. Check if they have a social media page, too, as you’ll find clues of the kind of service they deliver from there.

Conducting research and asking around from people who’ve used a particular removals service can make a tremendous difference to your final decision. In any case, always weigh the pros and cons, depending on your moving situation and needs.

A Third Choice: The Hybrid Approach

man and woman movingIf you want to oversee the moving process and save money whilst also having access to professional moving services, you might want to try the hybrid approach.

For example, you can take care of general packing tasks and leave sensitive or high-value items to be professionally packed (and unpacked later) and handled by the removalists. Or, you may have realised by now that hiring professional removalists can make your moving experience an exciting one with the minimum fuss.

And remember, once you arrive in your new home and all the cartons and your possessions have been unloaded from the truck, you still have a tremendous undertaking ahead of you. Once the removalists have left, you’ll have plenty of boxes to open and unpack, and an entire house to organise.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to work with a removals service with that in mind?

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