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DIY Removals

Like many people if you're planning to move yourself with the help of a family member or friends then we've put together a list of handy bits of information so you're less likely to run into problems.

Car packed

  • Pack in advance, if you leave everything until the day of the move then you're bound to forget something in the rush. Ok in some circumstances it's impossible to pack everything as you'll need the items but it's a good idea to work out a list of exactly what you're planning on taking which takes away the stress of having to decide when you're in a rush on the day itself.
  • Create a check list, include everything you need to do on the day. There's a reason check lists are used by pilots and in the NHS, even for things that seem obvious - they work. The last thing you want is to get half way across the country before realising you've forgotten an item or forgotten to say bye to a close friend.
  • Check the car in advance, check the oil and tyres are ok and that it's fuelled up before the day of the move. Everything you can do before the day of the move will help make moving day which can be a long stressful day easier. The last thing you want is packing the car and realising you have a problem.
  • Research the halls or house you're staying at for parking issues, some halls you may require you to get a permit (although that might be waived on move in day). You'll also have to bare in mind that there's potentially a lot of other students moving in on the same day so parking/unloading might be a problem. Consider going early or later to avoid having to park further away and having to carry your stuff.
  • Pack your essentials in a clearly labelled box or bag (things like tooth brush, some sweets etc) so you don't have to unpack everything all at once when you arrive.
  • If you're using moving boxes try and pack them so they're full up, this avoids items being loose and being damaged over the journey. Do make sure that you've used enough tape and they're secured properly so they don't fall apart while you're moving them into your room.

If you have any tips of your own please leave them below.