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Moving Your Stuff – The House Buyer’s Most Irritating Problem

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Moving Your Stuff – The House Buyer’s Most Irritating Problem

There’s a fair few things that can wind you up when it comes to buying a house. There’s the horror of dealing with estate agents, the smugness radiating off your mortgage provider as you sign up for half a lifetime of debt, and the fact that everything can tumble like a deck of cards if the person who’s home you’re buying can’t find somewhere else to buy in time. But the most irritating problem is usually the last to surface. It’s the actual move.

Modern life usually involves acquiring more stuff than you’d ever thought possible. From teacups to double beds and DVD towers to washing machines – you’ve probably filled your old house or flat with a fair few belongings. And now you need to get them all to your new property safely, quickly and with a minimum of fuss.

If only.

As this article demonstrates, there’s more than one way to move your gear into a new home. But most of them have huge downsides.

Using a Mate’s Car

Pros: Cheap. Your friend will help for a pizza, few beers, or a favour in the future which you’ll inevitably hate doing.

Cons: Your mate probably owns a Fiat Punto.

Don’t get me wrong. Roping your mates in to help with your move is a solid plan. An extra car will get things moving quicker, and an extra pair of hands is always a bonus. But your friend’s souped-up Fiesta really isn’t going to be able to carry your tumble dryer. But he is going to suggest tying your sofa to the roof. And that way, madness lies.

Borrowing a Wheelbarrow

Pros: Environmentally friendly, good exercise, gets you out and about.

Cons: Have you ever tried moving a 50″ flatscreen TV across town in a wheelbarrow?

With climate change and global warming in the news, along with the Western World’s obesity epidemic, a wheelbarrow seems like the idea way to move your belongings to your new home. A low carbon footprint and some exercise can’t be bad, can it? Of course it can. You’re going to be pushing a wardrobe, for miles, in the rain.

Abandoning Everything and Starting Over

Pros: You get some nice new stuff, and don’t need to worry about moving.

Cons: It’s going to involve at least one trip to IKEA.

You could just abandon everything and start afresh. Leave the old sofa and clapped out TV, and enter a world of new drawers, shiny digital stereos and endless, soul destroying trips to IKEA. And the worst part? It’s going to cost you an arm and a leg to replace everything, plus you’ll inevitably leave your passport in your abandoned chest of drawers.

Hiring a Man and Van Service

Pros: Move everything quickly and efficiently, for a reasonable price.

Cons: There’s nothing funny to write in the cons section.

Alternatively, for as little as £25 per hour, you could hire a man and van service to load up all of your possessions, drive them to your new house and help you unload them. No messing around with ropes, no backache, and no trips to out of town flatpack showrooms.

You’d be an absolute fool to choose any other option!

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