Moving Home: DIY or Using a Professional Moving Company
Moving to a new home is a complicated task that comes with many things to consider, not to mention some difficult choices ahead. The positive side of relocating is a chance of a fresh start in a new environment. But it’s also a bit chaotic, especially as life doesn’t allow you time off to concentrate on the move. Plus, there’s also the potential for it to cost a fair bit of money, which factors into how we approach it.
There are a few ways to look at this, and it’s necessary to go into more detail before making a decision. Some people will opt to do the move themselves with a view of saving money. Others swear by using a professional removals company like Aussie because of a full schedule or from previous experience. In this blog, we’ll look at both possibilities and compare them against each other.
The Pros and Cons of Self-Moving in Oxford –
It’s probably an unsurprising position to take, but we’re going to suggest using a removals company. Although that’s not the main reason we’re going with it, we do have a vested interest. There’s less risk when using a moving company that has a strong reputation. A decent removals provider comes with accountability for their actions and excellent customer service.
That said, we also understand everyone has different needs, and there’s more than one way to get the result you want. One size fits all doesn’t work when relocating, so it’s important to take a step back and consider every angle. It will help if you weigh up various options, including the costs, then you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
Similarly, we suggest getting at least two or three quotes for any service you’re using, not just removals. Cross-reference every quotation against each prospective company’s online ratings on Google Reviews and Trustpilot. By taking price and quality of service into account, you can enjoy the best of both situations when you strike a balance.
The Benefits of DIY Relocations –
Let’s begin with the plus-points for doing the relocation yourself to give this a broad perspective. There’s a potential to relocate on a relatively small budget. If you have a large van or access to one, you might be in luck. Play your cards right and make a move on Friday; you’ll have the whole weekend to unpack without taking too much time off work.
If you don’t have a vehicle with enough space (an estate car or a van), you can hire one for the moving day. You’ll find local vehicle hire companies in most cities and towns; they should have a decent selection to choose from. Additionally, they’ll also give you some tips for loading and anything related. With some discipline and deadlines, you stand to keep your costs low and get the job done.
To continue with a drive to save money, pick up some used boxes to keep the budget looking healthy. Please make sure they’re sturdy and will be able to handle the items you’re packing. If the cardboard is damp, even slightly, it will affect the structure and might collapse. Ask around at your local shops to see if they have spare ones you can have. Additionally, use things like old newspapers for extra padding.
Potential Issues Relating to Self-Relocations –
While there are several good reasons to go with the DIY option, we wouldn’t be telling the whole story without noting the pitfalls. We want people to know the pros and cons of every choice to make an informed decision. Then it’s easier to work out which fits your situation and how much you have to spend. And you can decide with confidence once you know the full facts.
On paper, self-moves should be cheaper than hiring a removals company. However, that’s not always the case, as many of our customers came to realise. If a delay occurs, it often means hiring the van for a second day, and that’s double your spend straight off the bat.
Time is a valuable commodity and one most people don’t consider as a cost. If you’re unlucky enough to experience a delay in moving everything in time, it might result in an extra day’s annual leave. Don’t let this put you off; include this when you start calculating the total expenses. Also, discuss flexibility with the van hire company if you run over by an hour.
What Advantages Result from Professional Movers?
Now we’ll go over some of the positive aspects of booking a professional removals company. The first thing to cover – they’ll do all the hard graft and heavy lifting, so you don’t need to worry about putting your back out. A reputable provider will oversee the whole move, giving some helpful pointers during the planning stages. You’ll have enough confidence they’re handling things, leaving you to tackle other tasks.
The upfront cost of a professional movers is indeed more than hiring a van and doing it yourself. But if something happens, that causes a delay, you might end up paying the same or slightly more. And if you book with Aussie, we don’t overcharge if something occurs, and we run overtime. What we quote is the final payment amount you pay; it’s that simple.
Furthermore, you’ll have the peace of mind professionals are handling your valuables. That’s the guarantee when using Aussie for your next relocation. We always give 100% and strive for excellence for every job we sign up for. Everyone on our team is pulling together to achieve a successful relocation.
Any Additional Services to Boost Chances of Success?
There is another primary Aussie service that often helps people who are moving to a new home. Self storage is the best way to create space as you pack. Things can become a bit cramped when it’s time to start packing. The good news is, there’s no need to lug furniture and appliances between rooms to make space. By using storage, you’ll be able to move full boxes and containers out of the way.
When using self storage, you don’t have to worry about theft or damage occurring. There’s no safer or more secure way to safeguard your possessions than in a storage unit. Aussie’s storage facilities have 24/7 CCTV, individual locks for each storage unit and a top-level alarm system. Nothing gets in or out of the Oxford depot without our knowledge and permission.
Another bonus of working with Aussie is flexibility and affordability. Our rates are below the market rate, so you won’t have to worry about overextending your budget. There’s no minimum storage contract applicable. You can use our storage facilities for as long (or short) a time as necessary. Should you need to adjust your package because of a change in circumstances, we’ll accommodate new requirements.
Choosing Customer Service over Perceived Value –
We want to highlight the final result of a relocation and what steps lead to a positive outcome. All too often, the tendency is to go with the lower initial cost and people then hope for the best. We fail to consider whether this might end up increasing if something goes wrong. Nor does the issue of quality enter into the equation.
The best way to approach this is with balance and some honest evaluation. As we mentioned, if you have the means, then a DIY move is cheaper and probably more suitable. However, once you start hiring a van, things might pan out differently. Add in a problem, and the likelihood of increasing expenditure becomes a reality.
We’ll repeat one of our earlier points – cross-reference your removals quotes against online ratings. Check a company’s Google Review and Trustpilot score and read any written feedback from previous customers. Please do the same with the vehicle rental provider to vet them thoroughly. Then you can make an informed choice based on tangible information.
Aussie Man & Van – Oxford’s Number One for Removals –
The Aussie group has five branches in London, one in Bath, Dorset, and Oxford. We’re the fastest-growing independent removals and storage company in the South of England. Due to our high standards and attention to detail, we’re the favourite removals and storage provider in every area we work in. And because of this, we have many loyal customers who use us for their next relocation and other services.
Customer service is the number one focus for everything we do at Aussie Man & Van. In addition to the standard removals and storage packages, we’re flexible and will always try to accommodate any situation. For us, more options equal a better standard of service because we can cater to various people’s individual specifications.
It pays to choose a professional removals company. Click here to request a free quote or to discuss our range of services with one of our team.