Moving is stressful no matter if you hire a moving and storage company or you decide to do a DIY move without movers. But most people would say moving yourself is much more difficult than hiring a professional to do it for you. Fortunately, the tips given here will make a DIY move a breeze or at least easier than you ever thought it could be.
Decide How You Are Going to Move
Deciding on your method of moving is the first step in a DIY move. You have to know how you’re going to move before you can create the rest of your plan. For example, are you only going to use your personal vehicles for the move or are you going to rent a truck? If you decide to rent a truck, then you’re going to have to research moving truck companies and book one for the day you want to move.
Using your personal vehicles is fine except if you have large items that won’t fit into your vehicles. Take this into consideration when making your decision. If there’s any question about whether or not you can fit all your stuff in your personal vehicles, rent a truck. You don’t want to put this task off until the last minute because there might not be a truck available and you’ll be stuck.
Sort Your Belongings and Begin the Purge
Depending on how long you’ve lived in your current location, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of stuff you no longer need. As you pack, sort your items into things you want to sell, things you want to donate, and things you’re tossing completely. Then, hold a sale and sell as many items as you can to avoid having to pack and move them. According to Ampol Movers, One more suggestion is to Donate the things you can’t sell to thrift stores or on sites such as Nextdoor that feature organizations that help people who are less fortunate with getting items they need.
Arrange For Help
Even if you’re doing a DIY move, it doesn’t mean you actually have to do everything yourself. Ask your friends and family members to join you on the day of your move to help you get everything loaded into the moving truck (or your vehicles) and on its way to your new home. You may have to bribe people with food and drinks to get them to help you, but most of the time, they’ll come through, especially if you’ve helped them out before.
Pack Your Items in a Logical Way
Be sure you start packing early enough so that you have enough time to pack logically. Keep like things together and label all your boxes with color-coded labels so that the boxes get to the right rooms when you’re in your new place. Use clothing, towels, and linens as packing materials so you can avoid purchasing packing materials like styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap that will just get thrown away later.
Use actual moving boxes (you can often find them for free on apps like Nextdoor or Craigslist) because these are designed for the rigors of the moving process. They aren’t going to collapse on you or fall apart as you carry them. Resist the temptation to use grocery or liquor store boxes, even though you might get these for free.
DIY moves are growing in popularity because they are a great way to save money. But, you should also be prepared to put in a lot of hard work. The tips given here will cut down on the amount of hard work you’ll need to do, even if they don’t eliminate it entirely.