If you are planning a DIY move, you may be prepared to
trade cost for convenience. However, there are many ways to ensure that your DIY
move is easy and stress-free. To avoid mishap and unnecessary hassle for your
upcoming move, just follow these simple suggestions.
Book your truck in advance
Just like movers, truck rentals book
up fast. Maker sure you make your reservation at least several weeks in advance.
If you are moving during peak season--between May and September--you should
reserve the truck a couple of months before your scheduled moving date.
Give yourself enough time
A DIY move can take days to execute if
you are moving long distance. While local moves may only require one day, many
relocations will require at least several days to complete. Make sure to allot
enough time to complete your move without hastily rushing. You may want to plan
a few more days than you expect you'll need to be on the safe side.
you will have to take time off from work, make sure to discuss it with your
employer far in advance to ensure that it is not a problem.
Downsize your belongings
The more you move, the more time it
will take to pack and load your truck. Make your DIY move easier by lightening
your load and eliminating useless junk that will only clutter up your new home.
Have a moving sale
to make some extra money for your move, donate unwanted items to charity
, sell them online
, or pass them on to loved ones. If you prefer
to just throw away your unnecessary belongings, make sure to recycle appropriate items properly
Though it is referred to as a "do-it-yourself" move, it
is difficult to complete alone. You should always enlist the aid of a few brawny friends
to help you with
the heavy lifting. Moving heavy items
can cause injury if not done correctly, and
you should never attempt to carry more than you can handle. Many bulky
belongings such as furniture and appliances cannot be safely carried by one
person, especially up or down stairs.
To make your move even easier,
rally up loved one to help you pack by planning a "packing party". Invite
everyone over, play some upbeat music, and offer food and drinks. Just remember
to keep the alcoholic beverages at a minimum--everyone will be handling your
Get free supplies
Buying brand new boxes and packing supplies
can rack up your moving bill considerably. While fragile and valuable items
should always be wrapped and boxed in high-quality materials, other items can be
packed in used boxes
. Visit your local grocer, liquor store or bookstore
for old boxes, or visit Freecycle or the U-Haul Box Exchange for donations. You
can also ask friends or family that have moved recently for their old
When packing your goods in used boxes, make sure they are sturdy
and always reinforce the bottoms with packing tape.
Pack least important to most important
If you are handling the
move yourself, that means packing tasks as well. Since you won't be able to pack
up the contents of your entire home in one day like professional movers, you
will have to tackle the job a little at a time.
To keep your packing process
from interfering with daily life, always pack
least important to most important. The items that are essential to your
routine--such as toiletries, bedding, and cookware--should be saved for last.
Begin with packing your least important items--out of season attire,
decorations, knick knacks, books, and movies.
Leave specialty items to the pros
Do you have a piano? Pool
table? Grandfather clock? An assortment of valuable artwork and antiques? These
belongings should be transported by professional movers to ensure they are not
damaged. Items like pianos, grandfather clocks and pool tables are complicated
to disassemble, and the slightest error can prevent them from working properly
again. Specialty movers
are moving companies that focus on the
transport of difficult items, and have all the proper supplies and methods to
ensure your belongings are handled correctly and delivered without a scratch.
Load the truck properly
While you may think you can just pack your rental truck to
capacity and hit the road, there is a proper strategy for loading
to ensure your goods remain
stationary and do not sustain damage. Always pack your heaviest appliances
first, towards the front of the truck (the area closest to the cab).
can then load some of your other large items, like your mattresses, headboards,
sofas, and tabletops along the sides of the truck. You should put them in
upright, and secure them to the panels on the sides of the truck. Follow with
other heavy items, like dressers, tables, chairs, and bookcases in the center of
Last load all of your boxes. Try to keep weight evenly
distributed, and don't place heavy boxes on top of furniture items. Fill any
negative space underneath tables or other items with smaller boxes to help keep
these items stationary and save space.
Plan your route
Before beginning your journey to your
destination, make sure you have your route mapped out. If you are moving long
distance, designate your stops for food and rest in advance for the most
streamlined and efficient trip. Planning your travel path in advance will allow
you to prepare for road weight restrictions or avoid low bridges that will not
accommodate your truck. Also, maneuvering a cumbersome moving truck will be much
easier if you are confident in navigating your route. Getting confused or lost
will only make your trip stressful and difficult. If you do not already own one,
you may be able to rent a GPS unit from your rental truck agency.
Driving a large truck weighed down with all of
your earthly possessions can burn a lot of fuel. To conserve gas and save money
during your DIY move, employ
gas-saving techniques such as using cruise control, refraining from excessive
speeding, and keeping A/C use to a minimum. The lighter your load, the less gas
you will burn, so be sure to purge your junk before your move!
Do you need a parking permit?
If you live in an apartment or in
a busy city, you may require a parking permit
for your rental truck. Speak
with your homeowner's association, landlord, or property management to determine
if a permit is required. You may not need one if you are parking on private
property, unless you wish to reserve space.
To get your permit, contact
the appropriate city office. You can visit your city's government page and
search for "moving parking permits", or call the city and request a transfer to
the department that issues street parking permits. Most city websites have a
main contact number for non-emergency information listed on their