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When moving house, do you prefer to hire a removalist to do it for you, or do you enlist a bunch of friends and family to help with the move?

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I would hire a truck, and do it myself. Or if I have a big enough car, I would fit it all in there and do a few trips.

Unfortunately we do it ourselves. However, it has crossed out minds to have someone do it for us - but then the fear of having people go through our stuff enters our minds! ;)
They don't 'go through' your things!

A) they don't have the 'time' to do that, &
B) they have a strict policy of varying matters, which if broken, they're sacked, so your 'stuff' is not worth losing a job over!
C) wouldn't you, & other family members' be there, watching, supervising, anyway?

by donjo
It depends on your budget, how much time and how much stuff you have. My husband and I have moved ourselves (not really just us, we pulled in friends and family to help) about five times. Then once we hired professionals just to move the heavy stuff for us (whitegoods, furniture) and seeing how easily they shifted things that took us so much effort I would never go back. This time (I'm taking a break from packing to type this) we are getting professionals to move just about everything. I wouldn't get the full service where they pack it for you. We are packing everything in boxes ourselves then will get two guys and a truck to shift it. I used to worry so much about friends hurting themselves moving our stuff (someone did nearly get squashed shifting a huge heavy wardrobe up a hill once) and that's not worth it.
I have moved so many times and done it ourselves 100% of those times. It's almost always doable.
First time I moved house, I did it myself. It only took a couple of trips, though I didn't have much at the time.
by Vee
When we were newlyweds we moved several times and had friends and family to help. Last time we moved, I had two young babies and just couldn't face moving furniture and boxes around, so we hired a removalist. They were real professionals and made the day so easy for us. Now we have three kids and so much more to move with toys and clothes and extra furniture, I wouldn't want to get family and friends to do it, removalists might cost more but they sure do make the whole experience much easier.
I don't have a lot now, over the years I like to keep it down to what I like and really need!
So we would do it with family, cost nothing and I can take my time.
Last time I did use a removal company, they did some damage.....and never paid for it.
Oh! jonaj.......IF u have to move again, ensure it's in contract for damage to be fixed, or item replaced.
by donjo
Definitely need the assistance of a removalist. I am happy to pack my own boxes. Sometimes friends and family help you move house. With such gratitude, removalists aren't needed.
Yes I have always used removalists when I've moved. Once I even paid someone to help me pack - they got the job done so quickly and efficiently.
I emigrated from England to Australia so we had to use a removal company. They lost boxes and damaged stuff. I could not claim on the insurance because I could not prove they had lost the box. A real catch 22.
I have also moved by packing stuff myself and doing all the lifting and carrying. I think if I ever moved again i would pack myself and get someone else to do the lifting as I do not think i'm strong enough to lift stuff anymore.
I have done both. When we moved interstate didn't have much choice in needing a removalist, but when we have moved more locally, we have totally done it ourselves.
I have done it both ways. The last time was with removalists, 400km to move everything, settlement on both houses on the same day. I did all the packing myself. There are so many considerations I don't think you can generalise about which is the best way to do it. I don't like moving house anyway, it's exhausting.
I would hire a removalist
by Finy
Have moved once, & got them to do EVERYTHING!

Was well worth it!
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