Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Moving House

By Colm Brady

Moving house is never an easy task to undertake and it is often the case that the magnitude of the task will only become apparent once the process has started. The process is always going to be difficult and stressful, and for many people even one of the most stressful things they will do during their lifetime. The task can be made easier by good planning and forward thinking, but the fact remains, moving house is stressful work.

For many people, the task will be outsourced to a moving company who will move your valuable possessions from A to B. There are several obvious benefits to going down this route, but disadvantages include losing control of your most valued possessions during the move and the possibility of simply ending up with a stack of unorganized boxes in your new home.

The growing trend at the moment is to either move house yourself, or combine some of the advantages of a removal company for moving larger items, and move the remaining items yourself. If you are going to undertake this task yourself, preparation is the key word. There is always going to be a certain expectation of disorder on the far side, but this disorganization can be minimized by following some simple steps including planning for the move four weeks in advance.

No matter what way you look at it, you are going to need lots of boxes, and the earlier you get these into your house the better. Boxes should be clearly numbered with these numbers being recorded on a clip board. Using this clip board you can assign a room destination in your new location for each box, so every box moved gets moved to the correct room in your new house.

As part of this organisation, it is important that you pick a date in the future for the move, and everything works up to that point. Book a van rental in advance to avoid disappointment's and having to plan without a van.
When loading a van it is best to load heavier items against the font wall of the van and pack items around this. Using this method the heavier items will be placed over the vans center of gravity and the risk of movement during transit will be greatly reduced.
Colm Brady is Director of Business Development for Thrifty Car Rental Ireland and has worked with Thrifty since 2000. Colm is continually developing the companies business through both the traditional and online channels. Among the websites that are currently under the Thrifty Umbrella are: Van Rental Ireland, and Van Rental Ireland