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Article 1 - A DIY Guide to Moving House

Article 1 - A DIY Guide to Moving House

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Published by: Michelle Symonds on May 17, 2012
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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
A reputable hire company should be able to tell you over the phone what size of vehicle is necessary if you describe the amount of belongings you have.4.Book your vehicleOnce you have a definite moving date, confirm the vehicle hire. Don't be tempted to book your removal vehicle before your moving date is confirmed. Moving dates arenotoriously prone to change and you could end up losing your deposit.5.Pack non-essential items in advance.Buy or borrow packing boxes and start packing non-essential items as soon as youcan. Books, DVDs, bedding, children's toys, kitchen gadgets whatever you think you can do without for a couple of weeks. It will take much longer than youexpected, particularly if you have to sort through storage cupboards, lofts, sheds andgarages etc that have not been used for a long time. Use plenty of bubble-wrap for fragile items and fill any spaces in the boxes with old newspaper. Always tape up boxes once full to prevent anything falling out during the move and label them onall sides with a thick black marker with the room (or other location such as the self-storage unit) where they should be put.6.Pack out-of-season clothes in advance.The best way to transport clothes is by using wardrobe cases. These are boxes thathave a hanging rail so you don’t need to remove your clothes from their hangers.Clothes can simply be taken out of your wardrobe, hooked into the wardrobe caseand put back in the wardrobe at your new home. These are such a great way tokeep the creases out of your clothes and save on ironing.7.Pack essentials on the dayPack a small suitcase with all the items you’ll need for your first night in your newhome such as toiletries and medicines, toilet roll, bedding, and a change of clothes.Use a small, separate bag for valuable items such as jewellery and importantdocuments so these can be kept with you on the moving day.It may sound obvious but pack a small box with the kettle, mugs, teabags, milk and biscuits. By the time you have arrived at your new home you will need a revivingdrink and something to eat.8.Load the van.Cover any furniture likely to get scratched with old blankets. Make sure any high pieces of furniture like wardrobes are well secured or lay them on their side if 

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