"Moving house can be an adventure - the excitement of setting up a new home has a universal appeal - it's a feeling of renewal, a chance to make a clean slate, a milestone in a person or family's life. However, moving house can also be an expensive and stressful time if you don't plan carefully and cut costs wherever you can.
For some, it's worth it to pay a moving company to do the entire move - it's even possible to have them pack for you, but moving services aren't cheap, and though they offer convenience and security (if they are reputable and fully insured, of course), many people simply can't afford the expense and will prefer to do at least part of the move themselves. You can move your home for next to nothing if you have a strong back and a willing friend who owns a lorry, but if not, there are still ways to accomplish the move without spending a lot of money.
Renting a lorry and doing the moving yourself can be an option, though it can be tricky moving large furniture and appliances without damage or injury. It's a good idea to have at least one person on the job who has some experience with moving, who can direct the loading and unloading, and who can operate the lorry safely. Smashed fingers, damage to doorways and scratched furniture are just a few of the things that can occur when the inexperienced attempt a move without some professional help.
Doing all the packing yourself and then hiring a professional mover to transport only the heavy furniture and appliances is a good way to save money while still having a bit of help where it counts. A mover is cheaper than a back specialist, if you get my drift...
Don't buy boxes and packing materials - start saving boxes from the supermarket well in advance of the move and save newspapers to wrap dishes and other fragile items in.