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Moving house is one of the most stressful events that happens during a lifetime, and with so many things to think about, it really isn't surprising that many people absolutely dread their moving day.

One of the most important things that you need to decide about this day is if you'll be using a removal company, or whether you're happy to carry out the task, as a removal company can take a lot of stress out of the day, but you may feel more in control if you manage it all yourself.  With plenty of pros and cons for both choices, you can weigh up each option and decide which meets your requirements, so you can start organising the day and feel more relaxed about the entire process.

Packing

No matter how many times you have moved house in your lifetime, packing boxes never becomes easier, or more fun!

One of the biggest advantages of using a removal company is that they can do this time consuming job for you, and everything will be packed in an organised and secure way, making unpacking easier when you reach your new home.

In addition to this, you won't have to spend time and money sourcing packaging materials, such as boxes, bubble wrap, tape and paper, another tedious chore that you can tick off your list.  

However, if you have been living in a home for years and have lots of belongings, moving house offers a great opportunity to have a good clear out and throw away, or sell, anything that you no longer use or require. If this is the case, packing up everything yourself is the best option as it will allow you to sort through items as you put them into boxes, meaning that you only move the things that you actually want in your new place.

Transport

A van or truck is an integral part of any move, as it saves multiple trips between houses, and can be loaded in a way that keeps your items safe and stable during the journey.

If you choose to use a removal company, you won't need to worry about this part of moving house, as the team will pack up, drive, and unload the van for you, meaning that you just need to unpack at the other end!

This is a great option if you want to save yourself valuable time and effort, and is also ideal if you don't want to drive a van yourself, or know anybody who can. Alternatively, hiring a van is cheaper than using a removal company, especially if you'd like to use it over a couple of days to take unwanted items to the tip, or pick up new pieces of furniture.

This option also allows you to get things done according to your own schedule, rather that others being involved, so you could start in the early hours of the morning, or late at night if you wanted to, meaning that you are not running to someone else's timetable, and can take things at your own pace. Don't forget though, if you are involved in a chain, you will need to be out of the house you are selling by legal completion, and a professional removal firm will be better placed to get this done for you!

Insurance

It can be stressful thinking about how to move your most precious and fragile items from house to house, especially large pieces of furniture that are difficult to carry, and it is important to make sure that you are covered if anything does happen.

Trustworthy removal companies will have insurance which will protect you if items are damaged or lost during the move, and you can be sure that they will package everything well, and are trained to move even the most awkward of pieces, so your belongings will be safe in their hands.

If you would prefer to move everything yourself, it will give you peace of mind that your items are your responsibility, and that you don't need to worry about anyone else breaking or damaging anything. However, it is still important to get insurance beforehand, as no matter how careful you are, accidents can happen! This is especially important if you are moving a long distance, or to a different country, as the further your items have to travel, the more at risk is involved.

Ultimately, whether you choose to use a removal company, or pack up and transport your belongings yourself, is all down to personal preference, time, and budget.

Once you have decided, we would love to help you to find the perfect van, or a reliable removal company, to suit your needs, and offer a convenient service for this, no matter if you're moving down the road, or across the world! Simply contact us to get all the advice you need and to be put in touch with the right people.

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