6 Things You Shouldn’t Do
You might think that moving home without hiring a removals company will save on the cost, but without professionals to ensure it goes smoothly, a DIY removal could end up costing you more than you’d pay out to do it properly. If you’re determined to do it yourself, here are a few things to watch for.
Don’t Approach Moving House Unprepared
This goes for any move, but it’s doubly important to plan carefully if you don’t have professionals to consult. The best way to ensure that you haven’t forgotten anything is to draw up checklists well in advance for the days coming up to the move, the day itself, and for the immediate aftermath.
Don’t Overpack Your Boxes
It’s vital to ensure that the packaging is strong enough for what you put in it and that the boxes aren’t too heavy to lift. The amount you can fill boxes will depend on what you’re putting in (you can get away with far more bedding, for instance, than books) so make sure you get a variety of sizes.
Don’t Lift Carelessly
Incorrect lifting can cause serious back injury. Professional removers get extensive training on correct lifting techniques, but at the very least you can read up on the basic advice and get a bit of practice before moving day. The crucial things to remember are:
- Plan each lift before carrying it out.
- If an item is too heavy, get help.
- Keep the object close to your body.
- Always bend your knees, not your back.
- Lift with your abdominal muscles.
Don’t Dress Inappropriately
Moving home isn’t a fashion parade. Wear loose, comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely, and shoes, preferably with reinforced toes, that let you balance well. No flip-flops, and absolutely no high-heels.
Don’t Drive a Vehicle You’re Unused To
If you’re hiring a van to move, be sure whoever will be driving it is familiar with a vehicle that size and insured to drive it. Driving a van is very different from driving a car, especially if you’re tired and stressed.
Don’t Skimp on Insurance
And, speaking of insurance, make sure you’re fully insured for your relocation. Your motive for a DIY move is probably to save money, and it can be tempting to see insurance as an optional extra, but if something goes wrong you could lose your possessions and get nothing back.