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How to move house by yourself

Moving home is a difficult task, with hundreds of things to have to worry about and organise. It is also a very expensive experience, with solicitor’s fees, the cost of the new house and the packaging and removal process to pay for. The costs can add up to £5000-10,000 depending on the size of the house, which is a huge amount of money. There are a number of cost cutting methods that people commonly use when moving, and one of those is to simply do the moving part themselves using heavy duty boxes for moving, without using a professional removal company. After all, the removal company is one of the most expensive parts of the process, and if you are mobile and active, why not try to do it yourself? So how exactly do you go about moving house by yourself?

  • The first step is to organise the process. You’ll need to book out and hire a removal van or lorry, and the size will depend on the size of your home and how many things you have to move. It is a good idea to book a van or lorry from a local company to where you live, so that it is practical and easy for you to get the van and drop it off afterwards. You will need it for the day, or two days if you have a large house move.
  • You will need to get the packaging materials and house moving boxes nice and early, a few weeks before the house move, so that you have plenty of time to pack up your things before the removal day. You can buy competitively priced packaging materials here online at Packing Solution, and we offer next day delivery throughout the UK.
  • You obviously need to arrange for the contracts to be exchanged on a specific date, and that will be your removal date and the day that you move into your new home.
  • It is also a good idea to contact a few family members or friends a few weeks or months before moving, to ensure that they are able to help you with the house move, because it is a hard task that will require lots of lifting and carrying, and this cannot be done alone. Give people plenty of time to prepare and take the day off.
  • A few days before the removal date should be when you have finished packing up most of your household possessions into cardboard boxes for moving, and protecting the most delicate items in bubble wrap too. You should use strong boxes that can be stacked easily in a removal van or lorry without breaking, and ones that can hold heavy weights inside of them.
  • On the day of the move, you’ll need to collect the removal van nice and early, and bring it to your home, and slowly move each of the packing boxes from your home into the van. The aim of the game is to fit as many boxes into the van as possible, so that it saves you trips back and forth, and saves you time and effort. It is like a jigsaw puzzle, fitting as many in as possible. You might need some strong hands to carry large furniture, and a sack truck is always helpful too. Larger furniture should go into the lorry or van first, followed by smaller boxes second into the gaps.
  • When driving the lorry or van, you should drive slowly and carefully, to ensure that you don’t have to break suddenly, because this would damage your packing boxes for moving in the back.
  • When unpacking the lorry or van of cardboard boxes for moving house, you should try to put each box into the room of your new house that it will belong, as this will make unpacking much easier and quicker for you. This will again take a few days to complete.