A do-it-yourself move is almost always cheaper than hiring movers, which makes it a great way to save money when you’re relocating. However, it does require more planning on your part and substantially more work. One of the dangers of handling moving duties yourself is that you can overlook certain things that a professional mover can help with and address quickly. If you do have an upcoming move that you plan on doing without the help of pros, make sure you follow these tips.
Pack Carefully & Start Early
Packing is usually a part of moving, whether you hire a moving company or not. It’s always important to pack carefully and make sure you protect anything that’s delicate or breakable. This means wrapping glasses with paper or bubble wrap, taking care to protect mirrors, television, and other glass surfaces from scratches and impact from other items. This process is best started early on so that you’re not pressed for time as the time winds down leading up to moving day.
Supplies are one area where a moving company really helps so it’s imperative that you cover all your bases when executing a do-it-yourself move. This means not only gathering boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap, but also making sure you have access to the equipment you’ll need. Most truck rental companies can provide you with a hand truck and a few blankets to protect your furniture, but you may need more than that. Furniture dollies, appliance straps, plastic wrap, and other supplies likely won’t come with your rental so make sure you make arrangements to have everything you need.
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Even if you’re moving on your own, it’s still a good idea to call in some help, if possible. Whether that means friends, family, coworkers, or someone else that can lend a hand, you’ll be thankful for the help when you’re lifting a couch or loading an appliance into the truck. Be sure to offer food and drinks as part of the process so that everyone is fresh and hydrated while helping out. Make an effort to be as organized as possible when arranging help so that no one is left standing idly by while you wait for others to arrive. They’ll appreciate you respecting their time and moving always goes easier with proper planning.
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Determine Moving Truck Size
Take some time to assess and measure your furniture and boxes so that you have an idea of what size of moving truck to rent. Whatever final number you arrive at, go one truck size larger if it’s in your budget. We tend to underestimate the amount of space needed when moving, especially since many trucks offer a cubic measurement that stretches all the way to the roof of the cargo area. Having more space than you think you need is a good problem to have and will allow you to make fewer trips, or just one if you’re moving long distance.
Verify Dates & Times
After you’ve booked a moving truck to rent and arranged for the help you’ll need, make sure you verify times and dates with all parties. Moving day is hectic and stressful as it is, not to mention time consuming, and any delay or mistake can have a real impact on your moving schedule.