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Advice for DIY removals

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Advice for DIY removals

   Doing the removal process yourself isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. But, if don’t have any, or very little, furniture to move to your new destination, it can be an ideal option for you. Moving from a small studio flat, a one bedroom flat or moving as a university student, the DIY approach can be very useful. You can save a bit of money in doing so, hiring up a van and getting some assistance from friends or family to provide a helping hand for moving your belongings onto and out of the van itself during the journey.

   One of the big factors to consider when making the choice to organize the removal of items by yourself, is timing. If you are going to have to complete on the property you are moving to on moving day, according to the terms of the contract, it is crucial that you can load up the vehicle you are hiring, all in one go. A lot of people, who organize the move themselves, will plan to move items back and forth over the course of many trips.
   This is fine if you have the keys to your new home. But if you don’t, you will not have the right access to unload your van. This really affects the unloading and unpacking of your items into your new property; you will normally complete on your contract at midday, but this can often not be until four o’ clock in the afternoon, so you will be held up on the unpacking of everything and making your property habitable.
   This will have a huge knock-on effect on the move itself, creating a nightmare scenario.  If you still have items left in your old house, the new owners aren’t exactly going to be too happy, seeing as they cannot get their own furniture into the house, because yours will still be there in its place (which should otherwise be vacant!)! In order to avoid this, you will therefore need to make sure that you hire a van big enough to have the amount of space for all the belongings and items you intend to take with you. If not, the transition won’t go too smoothly!
   Smaller vans for hire will be cheaper, which is going to seem appealing if you are working on a limited budget. But the bigger the van, the easier day will be, since you take more with you in a single journey. To help better understand and work out the pricing, ask for a quote from a removal service as you would normally, inquiring about the size of van they would plan to use. This should give you a rough idea, but make sure you hire a bigger van, as they will be experts in tightly fitting the contents!
   You should also be conscious of the distance from your home to your new one, for the additional costs of fuel. If you are going a long distance, then a larger van is going to be more useful because you won’t really be able to fit in multiple trips into the day.
   A bigger van is therefore a major necessity. Trying to work out accurate fuel estimates is a pretty tricky venture, but you should estimate between ten to fifteen miles per gallon (two to three miles per litre) for a large van, and twenty to twenty five miles per gallon (four to five miles per liter) for a ‘Luton van’. And make sure you remember to cost back to the rental base where you will be getting the van, especially so if it is far away.

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018