While enlisting the services of a removals company to help with your move is the better option in most cases, there are situations where it makes sense to do the moving yourself (take a look at the common reasons people self-move). Ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, but wondering where to start? Here’s how to self-move in five easy steps.
1. Get organised using Squab’s handy moving checklist
It’s no surprise that moving house is stressful – there’s lots to think about and plenty to do. Needless to say, it can all get a little overwhelming! Good organisation and planning is essential which is why we’ve created a moving checklist. It provides a good starting point to make the process that bit easier and includes a list of who to notify and tasks to consider before, during and after the move. And it’s free! Download Squab’s moving checklist.
2. Book your van
You’re going to need a quality, reliable vehicle with plenty of loading space. Cue our specialist, purpose-built, self-drive vans. With a large loading space (450 cu. ft. to be exact), you can fit more into them versus standard-sized vans (which means fewer trips!).
They also come with a lightweight ramp for easy loading/unloading, perfect for self-movers, and items can be secured in place with the tie rails to protect belongings. If you’re worried about driving one, you needn’t be – they’re as easy to drive as a car and come with a built-in satnav, so getting from A to B is nice and efficient.
When making your booking, you can choose which site you’d like to collect from – either Leamington Spa, Warwickshire or Daventry, Northamptonshire.
Everything’s arranged – now you just need to pack. While it might be tempting to chuck everything into boxes, the more organised you can be at this stage, the easier it’ll be when it comes to unpacking.
The right accessories will make the process much easier, so make sure you’ve got quality boxes and moving accessories (you can order a range of items via our Box Shop, if needed).
Top packing tips:
- Watch the weight and don’t be tempted to overfill boxes
- Label all boxes (ideally create an inventory, if you have time)
- Use bubble wrap and wrapping paper to protect fragile items (again, see our Box Shop!)
- Don’t want to fold certain clothing? Use our wardrobe boxes instead
- Don’t be tempted to lift items beyond your capacity
- Pack a box of essentials for your first night and keep it within easy reach – items like a kettle, tea, coffee, mugs, spoons, toiletries, toilet rolls, etc.
4. Move house
After collecting your pre-booked van, it’s time to move! Here are some tops tips for loading the vehicle:
- Know which order you’re going to load the items before you start – this will save unnecessary loading and unloading
- Hire a dolly to move heavier items – don’t risk an injury
- Wrap all the furniture in blankets
- Spread the weight of the load evenly
- Load heavy items, such as washing machines, over the van axles in the middle of the load to prevent overloading the front axle
- Create even layers with heavy boxes on the base and lighter items, such as chairs and sofas, above
- Make use of the tie rails to secure furniture in place
- Use soft items, such as bagged bedding and cushions, to fill the gaps for added protection
- Make sure drawers are secure and can’t open during the journey
- Most importantly, don’t overload the vehicle as this is illegal
5. Deliver the van back
That’s it! You’ve unloaded the last of your belongings and now all you need to do is deliver the van back. You’re officially a self-mover – congratulations! Time to take a well-deserved rest and enjoy your new pad…right after unpacking, that is! We’ll happily recycle your used boxes – just drop them in at a time to suit you.
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