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Moving property – can you do it all yourself?

Van1If you’re approaching the end of your tenancy or intend to live somewhere new, moving property can be a stressful, drawn-out and often expensive experience.

However, it is possible to keep the costs down if you’re prepared to do a lot of the hard work yourself.

From packing boxes and finalising bills to cleaning and considering the moving day itself, there is plenty to consider.


When it comes to packing all your items, there are some simple tricks that can help to bring down your stress levels.

It’s best to label all of your boxes with what’s inside them, and to name the room they are intended for – this makes it easier to put them in rooms when you arrive so you don’t just pile boxes at the door.

If you have to take any furniture apart it’s wise to put all fixing into sealed bags and to tape them to the furniture they come from.

The furniture should be the first thing to be moved into your new abode, as this will free up space and make the rest of unpacking an easier process.


If you are currently renting a property then it’s highly likely that your tenancy agreement will require a professional clean at the end of the rental period.

While some of these costs are hard to avoid, you can do a lot of the lesser work yourself, meaning that the professionals should have less to do, in turn bringing the associated costs down.

End of tenancy cleaning costs are also the single largest cause of deposit deductions so it’s worth considering if any outlays on cleaning will result in you getting more of your deposit back.


The amount of items you have – and especially large or heavy furniture – will often determine the sort of vehicle you need for the move.

If you only have small items, or don’t have many belongings to take, then a small van or even a car will often suffice.

However, if you have larger items you may wish to consider hiring a van to drive yourself, contacting a man with a van type of service to assist you, or finding a suitable removals firm.

Of course, if you do intend to hire a van for the big move then you may want to consider van hire excess insurance to cover the excess should the vehicle be damaged or stolen.

This provides added peace of mind and you may even be surprised at how little the additional cover can cost. Get a quote today to see for yourself.

Date Created: 13/04/2018

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