A DIY Guide to Moving House
If you are fortunate enough to be moving house soon, no doubt you will be excited, but you will also have started to realise just how expensive all the moving costs will be. Sohow can you keep moving costs down and hopefully have something left over to stamp your mark on your new home.
Moving house is an expensive business and some of the expenses you will incur cannot be avoided, such as stamp duty and legal fees. But if you are fairly fit and have somewilling hands to help, then the actual removals part of moving home can easily bemanaged without calling in the professionals. This is not something recommended if you are moving overseas, have a very large house or very valuable possessions, such asantiques. A specialist remover will always be required for antiques to ensure the rightinsurance cover and the correct type of packing. But for the majority of us this can bedone simply by hiring a van, loading it up, driving to the new home, and unloading.Sounds simple doesn't it? Well it is relatively simple; just be prepared for some hardwork and you could save yourself a substantial sum by doing it yourself.But what about the storage service that most removal companies offer if the dates for moving out of your old home and into your new one are not the same? Or if your newhome needs decoration or renovation before you move in? Well, there's a simple optionfor that too because there are plenty of cheap self storage facilities available all acrossthe country.So here are the basic steps to a DIY house move:1.Create a list of everything that will be moving to your new addressIf you are in a rented property, much of the furniture may be staying and it might just be your personal possessions that need moving. But if you own your currenthome, then you are probably going to take everything. And if you have afreestanding kitchen, you may even actually take the kitchen sink. For small items,make an estimate of how many packing boxes you will require. Don't use boxes thatare too large – they will just become very heavy once full and remember you will belifting them.2.Sell your surplus stuff on EbayBe ruthless - if there are any possessions that you no longer want, then get sellingon Ebay as soon as possible. The less you have to transport from your old home toyour new home, and possibly store in between, the easier and less expensive it will be. You may even earn enough to pay for any storage.3.Contact several companies to get quotes for hiring a vehicle