17Sep Which is Better: DIY Or Professional Help When Moving House?
“It’s a long road, so we are just trying to stay focused and grounded and keep moving forward. I’ll take it, though.” – Sturgill Simpson
Have you upgraded or downsized your current home? Or, are you perhaps spreading your wings by leaving the family residence into your home for the first time?
While the reason for relocating is valid, it is not of specific importance in this context. The most important aspects of this conversation are that you, and perhaps your family, need to pack up and relocate to a new home.
It is also vital to note, at this point, that packing up and moving can be a very stressful time. In fact, moving is ranked with the top anxiety-inducing, stressful life events like divorce, death of a family member, and sudden unemployment. Therefore, the question that must be asked and answered is how to reduce moving stress levels.
Packing up and moving yourself or hiring a professional removalist?
This question can be further broken down into topics like: Is it preferable to plan and execute a DIY move, or is it better to hire professional removalists to pack and move?
The brief answer is that it depends on how much time you have, and how much furniture and household possessions that have to be packed up and moved. Essentially, if you have lots of time, are very organised, and you do not have much furniture, it might be worth considering a DIY move.
However, the stress of an impending move, irrespective of the size of the load, might be the limiting factor that swings the pendulum towards hiring a professional removals company.
Additionally, a standard move can also be broken down into the following elements, irrespective of the time and volume of the furniture and household goods that have to be moved.
Therefore, based on the above discussion, here is a list of these tasks that have to be completed before moving day to help you decide on whether to move yourself or not:
Cleaning and sorting
Based on several standardised cleaning tips before moving, it is vital to sort through all of your possessions before they are packed and wrapped ready to be loaded into the removals truck. The broken, damaged, and unwanted items must be disposed of before the packing process starts. Moving unwanted, unnecessary, and broken items will waste time and add additional financial charges to the overall removal cost.
Repair damaged or broken furniture
If you have delicate items or antique furniture that you wish to transport to your new residence, it is vital to ensure that each item is in perfect condition; otherwise, there is a risk of further damage to the furniture.
Purchase packing boxes, wrappings, and cladding
Once the furniture and household goods have been prepared for packing, the next step is to buy a wide variety of packing and wrapping materials, including boxes. Everything on the list to be moved must be packed and wrapped correctly.
If you pack yourself, the cost of packing materials and the increased risk of damage during the loading and transport phase need to be taken into account. It might be worth hiring a professional to pack your furniture for moving.
It is clear from the discourse presented above that moving requires careful planning and forethought before the actual event takes place. Therefore, it is worth considering these tips before house moving before you embark on your new adventure.