Do-It-Yourself House Moving: Pros, Cons & Tips

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In Singapore, house moving is an integral part of life. However, this is by no means an easy feat. 

You’ll probably have many expenses on your mind, ranging from rent to mortgaging. What’s more, you’ll have to think about how to move your items from one place to another, which can cost you a fair bit of money.

When moving your home, you can pay professional movers to do the job for you or Do-It-Yourself (DIY). Professional movers will do virtually everything for you, helping you pack and stick bubble wrap on your furniture and doing the heavy lifting, all, while you lounge on your sofa and sip a drink. On the other hand, the DIY route offers you full autonomy over your moving experience. While it may not be as straightforward as the former, it can help you significantly reduce costs. 

As such, to help you better understand the DIY route, we’ve gathered together a list of its pros and cons.


Pros of DIY:

You operate within a fixed budget since you already know how much you will spend.

When hiring a professional mover, prices will vary depending on the amount of belongings moved, the number of trips the moving van must make, and the distance between your two homes. On average, expect to pay about $500 to move the contents of a 3-room HDB flat. However, if the van has to make a higher number of delivery trips, then you can expect to pay more. 

With DIY, you will save a lot more money. We’ve broken down what you will need and provided a rough estimate of the costs.

  • Van hire (from $75 a day)
  • Boxes ($2 – $6)
  • Sealing tape ($1 – $3)
  • Bubble Wrap ($30++ per roll)

On average, you can expect to pay around $370 to move the contents of a 3-room HDB flat. 


You have the freedom to plan your schedule.

Since you won’t be hiring anyone to move your items, you won’t have to worry about adhering to a rigid moving schedule, or risk paying fines. You get to plan what and how you want to move. Best of all, an impromptu change of schedule is completely free of charge!


Cons of DIY:

Nonetheless, it must be noted that DIY presents its own set of challenges as well.


You’ll have to pack and dismantle your own furniture. This will take you a longer time.

Professional movers bring along an army of 6 to 8 men, to help you pack and dismantle your furniture. This means that you can significantly reduce the time taken to move. On the other hand, going the DIY route will require you to pack and dismantle your own furniture, which will take you some extra time. 


Your ability to DIY effectively will depend on the following factors

  • Access to a transport service: You must own or be able to rent a van or car to move your items from one place to another.
  • Whether or not you’re moving bulky items: You can move non-bulky items on your own to significantly reduce the number of trips the moving van has to make. You can also hire on-demand van rental services, like GetVan, to help you move small furniture, so that the moving process can be quicker.


Before you decide whether to hire professional movers or DIY, take some time to think about the specifics of your situation and your own needs. Consider the needs of your family, relatives and even pets, as well. 

Start planning your move early. It will definitely help reduce your stress as you prepare for the big haul! With the right services on your side, you can also be assured of a smoother moving experience. 

GetVan offers vans with drivers for hire which are suitable for your DIY moving needs in Singapore. Book now and enjoy your move here!



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