Whether you’re moving out of a room in a shared house and don’t feel that you have enough possessions to warrant using a professional removal company; are just trying to save money where you can, so that you can spend it on doing up your home later; or, just don’t like the idea of total strangers handling your things, it’s perfectly possible to move home without expert help. Just follow these ground rules.
Don’t Leave The Packing Until The Last Minute
You have a lot more stuff than you think you have. Start packing everything up at least a fortnight before the big day itself. Begin with your little used items, such as your ski outfit, your framed graduation photo, books and the kids’ train set. Next, move onto everything else that you won’t need in the few days before you leave, so the majority of your bedding; all, but one saucepan; and, stationery, etc. Survive on only the bare bones of your possessions for the last few days.
Only Take What You Need
This is the perfect opportunity to have a clearout. There are obviously some items that you never use that you will want to keep for sentimental reasons, but now is the time to get rid of those things that you have neither need nor care for - the cake-pop maker, which you’ve only used once; the piles of CDs; which you now have stored on an MP3 player; and, that half empty can of bright red paint, which you can’t even remember buying. To make the move go as quickly and as easily as possible don’t let yourself schlep unnecessary stuff.
Wrap all the delicate items such as china and glassware individually in tissue or bubble wrap and don’t scrimp on this, you want everything to arrive undamaged and in one piece. Larger delicate items, such as lamps and speakers, should be carefully wrapped up too. Put everything in boxes, as they are easy to transport and unpack. You don’t want loads of carrier bags to sift through at the other end.
So that you can find everything when you unpack, label each box with details of what’s inside, whether it is delicate and the room that it is to go into in the new place.
Hire a Van
If you don’t have any furniture to move and you’re only moving around the corner, you might just be able to get away with moving everything in several carloads. If you have furniture you need to hire a decent sized van.
Call on Friends And Family
You might be able to move without professional help, but you won’t be able to physically shift everything on your own. Enlist friends and family to help you to pack and move heavy items into your car or van.