Moving home can be one of the biggest hassles life can throw at you. Changing your whole living environment in and of itself can be challenging, then throw in the logistical challenge of having to pack up and move literally everything you own, and you’ve created a recipe for stress.
Moving home doesn’t have to be all bad though, there are certainly ways you can take some of the stress off your own shoulders.
Our latest guide looks at one decision many have had to make – whether or not to hire a removals company. To help you decide if it’s the right decision for you, or if you should do it by yourself, here are a few questions to ask yourself.
Can you hire a van?
If you’re comfortable hiring and driving a van, this may be an option. You’ll need to hire one which is fairly large to comfortably move furniture, so you’ll want to be ok with driving a long wheel base vehicle – it’s quite different to driving a car, and can add a fair bit of stress to the whole moving experience if you’re not used to parking or reversing them!
You can hire a man with a van, but at that stage it’s probably easier to hire a removals company, as they will be better equipped for the job.
Do you have strong and willing friends who can help?
Even if you can hire and drive a van, that vehicle will be pretty much useless if you don’t have a crew of strong people to help you move stuff.
Moving seemingly endless boxes and beds and sofas is not just tiresome but potentially dangerous – if you have prior back problems, it could aggravate them, and the last thing you want when moving home is to be bed ridden with a slipped disk.
Do you have expensive or delicate belongings?
Moving home yourself can also be dangerous in terms of potential damage to your belongings. While it may give you better peace of mind to pack and carry things yourself, removals companies literally do it for a living – we have access to the best and most effective protective materials, and are able to pack our vans and lorries so as to ensure no harm comes to anything you own.
No one wants to unpack a box of their best china only to discover they were smashed when Jeremy, your helpful but slightly clumsy friend, stubbed his toe and dropped them.
Could you be doing something better with your time?
This one is a little more general, but essentially, if you think you could spend the days it could take to pack and move your things doing something more productive, at work, with your family, or sorting something else out to do with the move, then hire a removals company.
It really will save a lot of time and hassle, and will free you up to do something else while the experts get on with moving your things.
If you’re still in two minds about whether to hire a removals company, our team will be happy to talk you through the entire process in further detail.
Head to our dedicated house removals page for specific information on a complete home move, or if you’d rather chat directly you can contact our friendly team today on 020 8888 5156.