21Mar 2014
Cheap Removals - How To Make Fewer Journeys And Save On Fuel
Cheap Removals - How To Make Fewer Journeys And Save On Fuel
Many people take for granted how much fuel they use when moving house manually. Elsewhere, removal companies may even charge extra on the basis of how many separate trips they have to make in getting your gear from one place to another.  While it's good to be mindful of any additional travel cost a removal company may sting you with, this article will focus solely on how you can save money on petrol through making fewer journeys across a DIY house moving effort, otherwise known as a cheap removals attempt.    1 – Throw out stuff you don't need in advanceSince you're performing a DIY house move in the first place, it's likely that your present home is small. While this should mean fewer journeys need to be made by default, there's still certain ways in which you can reduce the number down to just a couple.  Again, because your present home is little, it probably consists of things you are quite happy to throw out or sell. Ideally get these items posted online early in order to maximise personal profit – the last thing you want to happen is to be left with dozens of unwanted items that can't simply be left in the house or out on the street. In other words, identify all the items you don't need early before  finding them a new home, otherwise you'll be making guilt trips as well as additional road ones  in carrying all those unwanted CD, DVDs, clothes-horses and tables with you. The internet is great for selling things like furniture, provided you take the time to write up a proper description of what you're giving away. Do this as soon as you establish that you're definitely moving house.  Upon mapping out your home-based priorities, you'll be amazed at how many items don't need to be retained. In some cases, this could be an average of 1 out of every 2 items, meaning that you reduce your overall moving load by 50% and half the amount of journeys too.  2 – Ask for assistance across vehiclesIt's worthwhile asking close friends whether they'd be willing to make a single trip each from your current place to your new place. Sure, this approach may seem cynical in that it means you're simply splitting any unwanted personal petrol cost among volunteers, but at least you have the option, and it means extra hands can also assist in moving objects. So call the troops in. Should people agree to your request however, be sure to reimburse them all in some way, be it monetarily or otherwise.  3 – How to maximise space in a typical carOnce your load has been systematically whittled down, focus should shift onto how to pack your car in the most economical manner. By this we mean both identifying and utilising every single available pocket in the automobile. Obviously the number of people that need to be moved will dictate proceedings to a degree, but remember of course that people can always be moved later on in the day, and, should your troops of point 2 be on hand, they too can assist in efforts to move people around. For now, our focus will simply concern moving items in a car, with only the driver's seat left unoccupied by gear.   A lot of people think it's beneficial to both fold down and push the passenger's seat forward. While this may free up space for the left side of the backseat, and the floor space beneath, it renders the passenger's seat and floor room redundant. While you may want to push the passenger seat forward slightly, there's certainly no need to fold it down. Not only can a lot of items be placed on this seat, but they can also be secured by the adjustable seatbelt, so it's counter-productive to sacrifice the front seat. In fact, you should begin packing a car by starting with the passenger seat, and indeed the floor space beneath it, before shaping your backseat pack around long and heavy items that can rest horizontally.  Items such as empty back-packs and sports bags, sports balls, empty plastic containers and stacked beach towels are ideal for placing on the floor while delicate items can also go there, provided of course they are secured within protective boxes. In short, you ideally don't want to store delicates in the boot. Speaking of the boot, place things like TVs and computers in the space first, securing them in the corners as much as possible, before following up with items such as bags of clothes that will act as padding.

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