Planning to move yourself? Here are some things to consider

October 7, 2015

Moving to a new home can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. The task of actually packing and transporting all your belongings can be quite stressful – especially if you decide to forego a moving company. There are several points to consider before coming to the decision of hiring yourself a u-haul and doing a DIY move. The following article contains a few of these points to ponder.

It is important to be aware of how much time you have to move yourself. If your real estate contract is a quick turnaround (for example, the new owners are taking possession of your house on the same day you are taking ownership of your new home), you must have the ability to quickly pack all your belongings into your moving truck. Plus, depending on what size of truck you rent, you may potentially be making several trips to and from you old house to your new home. Also, remember to leave time, once all your belongings are out, to clean your house so it’s ready for its new owners!

Although you will be saving the cost of hiring movers, there are fees associated with moving yourself. The cost of your packing supplies, renting a u-haul, gas for a gas-guzzling moving truck, extra insurance, and of course, you won’t want to forget your friends who spent their time helping you move – pizza and beer, anyone?Are you and your helpers physically able to move all that heavy furniture and those boxes? It takes a fair amount of physical stamina and strength when doing a move on your own. Brush up on proper lifting techniques to avoid an injury.

Ensure you’re well-versed on how to properly secure your belongings for the move. Spend some time researching the best way to pack items. Remember to stock up on packing blankets, rope, bubble wrap, tape, etc. Careful organization and preparation can prevent larger furniture items from toppling over while on the road. Taping drawers shut can prevent your other furniture from getting damaged when turning a corner. If something does fly up and hits you while driving, it could injure you or any passengers in the van, or potentially cause you to have an accident. Remember, too, that if you have to brake suddenly or are rear-ended, large items can become projectiles!

If moving in the city, it can be quite challenging navigating a u-haul in downtown traffic. Try to make time to squeeze in some practice beforehand. Plan your route and where you can park a large vehicle to unload your belongings. Do a practice run, if possible, so you’re not faced with surprises on the big day when you are pressed for time.

Children and moving don’t mix. If you have children underfoot, always be aware of where they are at all times. Moving heavy furniture with little ones around can be dangerous if nobody is available to keep an eye on them. Plus, doors left open while you move your belongings are an open invitation for toddlers to wander. Book daycare for the day, or see if a friend or family member can watch your children on moving day.

So although moving can be quite an endeavor, it pays to plan ahead and be aware of what you can do to make the event run smoothly. Keep the stress to a minimum, and once you’re finally moved, sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home!

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