DIY V’s Professional

DIY V’s Professional

DIY vs professionals

DIY vs professionals

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    Insights from a Moving Industry Expert – James Sanders

    Moving to a new home is a significant event that requires careful planning and execution. One of the critical decisions you’ll face during this process is whether to tackle the move yourself or hire professional movers. With over 35 years of experience in the moving industry, I’ve witnessed countless relocations and can provide valuable insights into the pros and cons of both DIY (Do It Yourself) and professional residential removals in the UK. Whether you’re moving to the serene town of Cannock, the historic city of Lichfield, the peaceful town of Stafford, or the bustling city of Birmingham, it’s essential to make an informed decision that suits your specific needs. In this article, I’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches to help you decide which one is right for you.

    DIY Residential Removals

    Budget Control

    One of the primary reasons people opt for a DIY move is cost savings. You have control over expenses, and you won’t incur professional movers’ fees.

    Hands-On Experience

    DIY moves allow you to be directly involved in every aspect of the move, providing a sense of accomplishment and ownership.


    You have the flexibility to schedule the move at your convenience, which can be especially beneficial if you have a flexible timetable.

    Disadvantages of DIY Residential Removals

    Heavy Lifting

    DIY moves involve significant physical effort, including heavy lifting and maneuvering of large items, which can be strenuous and pose injury risks.

    Packing and Handling

    Without professional expertise, you may not pack and handle items correctly, increasing the risk of damage.


    DIY moves often take more time and effort than professional ones, especially if you lack experience or assistance.


    You may not have access to specialized moving equipment, such as dollies and ramps, which can make the process more challenging.

    Professional Residential Removals

    Professional Handling

    Professional movers have the expertise and experience to handle items safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk of damage.


    Movers work efficiently, saving you time and ensuring that your move progresses according to schedule.

    Peace of Mind

    Knowing that professionals are handling your move can significantly reduce stress and anxiety associated with the process.

    Disadvantages of Professional Residential Removals


    Hiring professional movers can be more expensive than a DIY move. The cost varies depending on the scope of services and distance.

    Limited Control

    While professionals ensure a smooth move, you have less control over the process, which may not suit those who prefer full autonomy.

    Making the Decision

    Physical Condition

    Assess your physical condition and ability to handle the physical demands of a DIY move, especially heavy lifting.


    Consider your budget and whether cost savings are a priority.


    Evaluate your available time and whether you can commit to the time-intensive nature of a DIY move.


    Be honest about your experience and skills in packing and handling items

    Considerations for Professional Moves


    Determine whether your budget allows for professional movers and whether the convenience and expertise are worth the cost.


    If time is of the essence, professional movers can expedite the process.


    For moves involving valuable, fragile, or specialized items, professional movers provide added peace of mind.


    Longer-distance moves may benefit more from professional services.

    Article Author ;

    James Sanders - Law LLB | 15 Years Removals Experience | Uk National & International | Web Developer & Designer | HGV Class 2 Driver & Trainer
    • James Sanders is a veteran of the Removals industry having worked for some of the largest removal companies in the UK. An expert at local, national and international removals he now runs Moving Circle and likes to keep things small enough to manage and maintain quality whilst providing a comprehensive range of service for its clients.

    Based on 42 reviews
    Ruth Knott
    Ruth Knott
    Amazing service!! Without James and his team, my move probably wouldn't have happened. They got me out of a tight spot at really short notice thanks to solicitors not exchanging contracts until 4 days before my move Extremely professional set up from the minute they arrived, throughout the whole day up until they left. They took great care with my furniture and other possessions and so skilled In getting everything into my brand new build property without causing any damage. I would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone needed a professional, reliable and caring removals firm at a very reasonable price. For anyone moving in and around Staffordshire Moving Circles are the 👌
    Jenny Summerfield
    Jenny Summerfield
    James and the team were amazing. Moving house is really stressful but everyone worked really well together and has us packed up, moved in to our new home without a hitch.
    Darren Powell
    Darren Powell
    Couldn’t fault the service provided by Moving Circle Removals. We couldn’t be happier with the communication and value for money for a move of some distance. Thankyou
    Nicola Appaji
    Nicola Appaji
    A Professional Company with very friendly staff. They were good value and very responsive throughout the move. They helped us out when we needed a backup removal company quickly on a Bank holiday. I would recommend them to everyone they were amazing helped us feel relaxed on our moving day.
    Hannah Grant
    Hannah Grant
    Absolutely fantastic service! Had a solicitor nightmare in the morning and the guys just took it in their stride. Amazing professional service from start to finish. Would highly recommend!
    Mike Soles
    Mike Soles
    James and Tommy helped us from booking , quoting, packing moving and storage . Their service was friendly, professional,& very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble , even down to providing storage for excess items! Moving circles was recommended to us by a friend , and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others ! Thank you guys !
    Paul Ryan
    Paul Ryan
    Nice team and very accommodating, great job.
    Susie Perry
    Susie Perry
    I used moving circles removals quite recently and I must say what a pleasure it was, the lads were great , very professional, very helpful. The move was very smooth! I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is moving house soon. Thank you guys for helping me out 😊👍🏻
    Kimberley Greenwood
    Kimberley Greenwood
    James & team recently helped us move house - we cannot fault the service and would highly recommend. James was really professional from the outset and also very flexible when our completion date kept moving around (unlike many other removal companies). The team that turned up on the day to support the move was also great - efficient and worked really hard throughout the move day. Moving Circles was also highly competitive in their pricing. Thank you Moving Circles - would definitely work with your team again in future!
    Angela Jones
    Angela Jones
    We used Moving CIrcles for our recent move and I am so glad that we did . From the very first consultation right through to the actual move, I cannot fault the service that we received. The guys that did the move were very friendly and professional throughout, nothing was damaged and everything was put where we asked. I would highly recommend James and the team who certainly went above and beyond to ensure a smooth move. Thank you so much.
    How much do movers cost for a two bedroom apartment uk?

    How much does a removal service cost when moving flat? On average, the removal cost for a 2 bedroom flat will usually cost somewhere in the range of £315 and £500, plus VAT.

    How much do you tip movers?

    A good rule is to give £20-£25 to each person from the moving team for a half-day. If they have been working for the entire day, it might be reasonable to give them £40 to £50 for their efforts. A little extra would be nice if they have been taking heavy items up and down the stairs.

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