DIY v Professional Removals – What You’re Really Giving Up

For the many people across the UK, there is only one route to relocation – the DIY route. Roughly translated, they see very little point in hiring removals companies for a job they feel they can carry out themselves just as competently, while making a tidy saving at the same time.

And it seems logical – you carry out the move yourself under your own steam and your reward is not having to pay for someone else to do it. However, it’s not quite as simple as it seems, and those shunning professional removals rarely realise just how far they’re selling themselves short.

Here’s a look at just a few examples of what you’re giving up and ruling out by insisting on DIY removals without even considering the professional alternative:


Right off the bat, there can’t be anyone that ever wishes their home moving process would take longer than it actually does. It’s a necessary evil of the highest calibre, which in turn means the faster and more efficiently it’s carried out, the better for all involved. As removals companies do this for a living, have large teams to count on, large vehicles to work with and all the experience in the world, it goes without saying that moving times can be slashed massively by involving the best in the business. And really – who can put a price on time?

Less Disruption

Sometimes, even worse than the time and effort it takes to move is the general disruption of day-to-day life. You find yourself half-living in two properties interspersed by endless trips in the car/van being used – not exactly great when juggling a busy family and working life. The alternative therefore is to hire the professionals, who have the ability to either blitz the whole of the process in one go, or take care of it in bite-sized chunks – whichever works better for keeping family life going smoothly. No time off work, no use of annual leave, no missed appointments and so on and so forth – absolutely priceless once again.

Protection of Valuables

Sure you think you’re the best person to look after your valuables and fragile items, but are you really? After all, your home contents insurance might cover them, but are they covered when loaded into the back of the car or van you’ve rented for the job. Chances are, probably not. With removals firms however, comprehensive insurance usually comes as standard, which means that when and where accidents happen…as they may…you’ll never come out of the deal worse-off.

Contingency Cover

And last but not least in this list comes contingency cover. For example – say you’ve set aside a full day off work to do some hardcore DIY moving – what if you’re struck down with the flu? Or say your car won’t start? Choose the professsional service and you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing no matter what might happen in and around the process, the removal will be taken care of exactly when and where it’s needed.

By Lisa Morton

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How Relocation Specialists Can Save You Money

The services provided during an employee relocation can make or break an assignment. Accordingly, it is crucially important that the employee and their family receive the right level of support and counselling before, during the move, and also at their final destination.

Too often, international assignments fail, and evidence shows that the financial cost to the company can be as much as 2½ times the annual salary cost of the employee. Not only that, a failed assignment can lead to employees refusing future international transfers, create family relationship problems, and possibly result in them leaving the company prematurely. Many large international companies provide full relocation support to assist their employees throughout a company transfer. Even if a full relocation package is not provided, it can still be worth seeking professional support for at least some parts of the process. Whilst it may seem cheaper and more expedient to handle an international relocation in-house, it can result in a very stressful and complicated process for the employee, as well as the in-house corporate function. For example, obtaining work visas can be extremely complex, varying from country to country, and from individual to individual; the various tax systems can be difficult to comprehend for the average lay person; and tenancy law is a potential minefield, with mistakes leading to costly and stressful circumstances for the employee.

Outsourcing can often be the most effective and cost efficient option. Destination Service Providers (DSP’s) are experts in their field, so clients can be confident that their transferees are supported appropriately at every step of the way. By outsourcing, companies will not need to employ and train staff in this discipline, saving both time and resource. Outsourcing can also
enable companies to identify and track assignment costs more easily, and reporting processes will be more defined. From the employee’s perspective, outsourcing provides additional benefits. The objectivity and independent advice provided by relocation consultants can be invaluable for their decision-making process, and the reassurance of having someone available locally to look after their interests can give valuable emotional support.

Relocation professionals take away a great deal of the strain at a time when someone is leaving their home country for a new position overseas, whether alone, or with their family. Most overseas locations are diverse, with desirable and less favourable areas, sub-standard and excellent schools, and so on. Having trusted, confident support at the new destination can be invaluable for helping a family to settle into a home that is ‘right’ in all respects. Relocation professionals manage the process of relocation to ensure a smooth move – this can include a variety of tasks such as securing temporary accommodation, sourcing a rental property, drawing up Tenancy Agreements, finding school places for children, negotiating removals or furniture rental quotes, arranging necessary documents, and, booking language/cross cultural training.

The Relocation Consultancy Limited (TRC) is an independent relocation specialist providing UK-wide coverage at a local level. Our consultants are selected for their excellent knowledge of local areas, and their close relationships with letting agents and schools. Because they live in the area themselves, they know far more about the area than can be obtained by ‘Google-ing’! They also deal with expatriates every day and so have a vast knowledge of the concerns and issues they might face.