Everything You Need for a Successful DIY Move

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Everything You Need for a Successful DIY Move

You are certainly worried about how to pack your overloaded household into a moving truck as you planned to embark on a do-it-yourself move. You may later enjoy the savings from the move as a match for the labor. Regardless of the types of move you’ve had in the past, there are two sides to each relocation; the joy of moving to a new place and the reality of how to plan, organize and execute the move.

As reported by a director of National Consumer Sales Programs at Penske Truck Rental, Dave Baptisti, “DIY movers save between 50% and 75% compared to those who hire full-service moving companies. There is no need for extra lessons on how to pack before you move by yourself. 

The difference in the overall cost of a DIY move and hiring a full-service mover is up and maybe more than thousands of dollars. Sit tight and continue reading this post! A DIY move can be made with not much stress and cost.

Available Do-It-Yourself Options to Consumers

There are many benefits in a DIY move, such as being able to move based on your own plan. It also presents you with affordable means to relocate. You can rent a moving truck, a moving trailer, or a moving container to reduce the cost of your DIY move. With these options, you can relocate your household or business without hiring movers. Although there may be need to allow expert movers, to help you handle special items such as piano, hot tub, highly-prized items, and other heavy items. You can, however, handle all other items with the help of family or friends.

Handling a Do-It-Yourself Move

Handling a Do-It-Yourself Move

You need to have a proper plan for your move regardless of the distance involved. You definitely don’t want any lapses on your moving days such as unpacked towels or unboxed dishes. Below are some tips that will make your DIY move easier.

You need to have a proper plan for your move regardless of the distance involved. You definitely don’t want any lapses on your moving days such as unpacked towels or unboxed dishes. Below are some tips that will make your DIY move easier. 

Start Early

Most people make the mistake of rushing when it comes to do-it-yourself move. To complete a move, you will need at least a week to prepare unless you are living in a dorm room where you do not have many belongings. You must make sure there is enough time to prepare for your move after making the decision to relocate. You will be able to accomplish so many tasks before the actual moving day when you create enough time to prepare.

The first task is to dispose of your junk. Most people do think they don’t have many items when looking around their homes. Don’t get lost in this as you certainly have more than you are thinking right now. Begin by checking your attics, closets, drawers, and basements and start disposing of items that you don’t even know you had, and you have no use for again. 

You can as well throw a garage sale or donate the items to charity. Becky Harris that works with ABF U-Pack moving states that packing in a rush will cost you a great deal; so she advised that you start packing at least 4-6 weeks before your move. Damage can come to any of your items if you leave packing until a week to the exact moving date.

Below are the items you will need:    

  • Moving boxes
  • Packing tape dispenser 
  • Black marker.
  • Sandwich bags for hardware, furniture, and appliances.
  • Packing paper.
  • Packing tape 

Create a Moving Checklist

Moving involves various steps such as buying of moving supplies and transferring your utilities. You can easily forget a step that may not seem important but later turn out to give you a headache. You can consult our moving checklist for items that you might not think of or even forget while packing. 

Rent your Moving Vehicle (Truck or Trailer)

You will find your DIY move easier when you rent a moving truck or trailer. The rental also comes cheaper. You will spend about $40 to rent a 26ft moving truck that can hold up to 5-bedrooms from U-Haul

The total cost will be determined by the amount of time the truck spends in your care and any additional services required. You will have to make a reservation for your moving truck or trailer before your exact moving date, especially when you are relocating during a season when most people relocate.

Make sure the size of your moving truck will fit all your belongings before you rent. It is advisable to go for a moving truck that is a bit higher in size so that it will contain all of your possessions if you are not certain if the truck size will contain all your items. 

Make sure you also consider the closeness of the pickup and drop-off center of the rental company to you before you decide to rent from them. You will need to check the ability of your moving trailer if it can haul your load if you choose to go with a trailer. 

Check the truck rental center at movingfeedback.com to determine the perfect moving truck’s size for your belongings. You will also find information and discounts from various moving truck rental companies like U-Pack and Penske there.     

Professional Moving Labor

You are most likely to need help with loading and unloading of your belongings regardless of any of moving truck or moving container you choose to opt for. You will need help with your large-sized bed. There is the option of hiring labor-only movers via HireAHelper in case your friends and family are not available to lend you a hand.

Customers can look for and book moving labor experts through this online marketplace. HireAHelper states that these moving professionals could be labor-only movers that major in loading and unloading services, or they are full-service movers that are willing to send their employees out for labor-only jobs.   

Purge! Purge!! Purge!!!

Reducing the number of items you move will definitely reduce the moving stress. So, make sure you get rid of junk and clutter before moving day. Begin with your bookshelves, closet, and pantry. You can throw online sales for items that are still in good condition but not useful for you anymore. You can as well donate some of the items to charity organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill. 

Consider the Moving Boxes

Avoid grocery boxes and plastic totes as they are not perfect for your items. Baptisti advised using boxes specially designed for relocation. You can find moving boxes at storage centers, truck rental companies, and movers. Although packing your possessions into big moving boxes may seem easier, however, for loading sake, it is advisable to use small or medium-sized boxes. To determine the number of boxes, you will need for your move, consult the chart on Penske’s official website. 

Organize and Box

Create an inventory of the items you are taking along with you to your new home as you declutter your home. You can create a spreadsheet with different pages for each room. This will help in determining the number of moving boxes needed. Create a task calendar that contains the list of things to be done before moving day. 

This should also contain deadlines for completing specific tasks such as packing the room and cleaning the rooms. The estimated time for each task should also be included in your calendar. This will enable you to accomplish tasks at the right time. That implies that you should add extra time to the estimated time so that you don’t rush yourself while on the task. 

These things will take a lot of your time, and it is better to do it before the moving day than doing it when you are short on time. Make sure you label each moving box with a number and include the information in your packing spreadsheet. The four sides of all your moving boxes should be numbered using a black marker. This will let you know which box contains which items. 

Tackle the Items One after the Other

Baptisti advised that you should first pack non-essential belongings as early as possible. Items such as artwork, seasonal clothing, and any items that you don’t use often can be packed in a moving box. Penske suggests you start this process at least 2 weeks before the moving day. As for Harris, she prefers a room to room method, beginning with the room you don’t use often. 

Pack items you don’t use often and pack similar belongings in the same place. For instance, everything in the same kitchen cabinet goes into one box. Pack some of your essential items in one box for your first night. Label them “first night” and place them where you can easily access them in your moving truck. 

A list of essential items in this category includes a coffeemaker, toilet paper, paper plates, some clothing, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, eating utensils, and toiletries. 

Keep Track on the Packed Items

Use color code for boxes based on room and label with the items in them. For instance, you can use a red label on kitchen boxes and then list the items contained in each box: plates, spoons, skillets, cups, and so on. 

Keep the contents of each box using a notebook. If you plan to use a storage unit during the relocation, there will be a need for you to keep track of the items in the boxes. 

You can make use of the Moving Van app on iTunes to keep a note of the boxes and the contents for easy reminders when you arrive at your new home. You can as well try out One Simple Move, which is a website that has an interactive calendar, packing tips, moving checklist, and email reminders.  

Staging

Moving your furniture and boxes from inside your home to outside requires a lot of time than what most people think when it comes to a DIY move. Rushing to get this process done might leave you with many damaged items. The best solution here is staging. 

Move packed boxes into an empty room or garage immediately you logged them into your spreadsheet. You will not only be able to remove clutter from your home, you will also be able to pack other items with enough space and also be able to load the boxes on hand truck and dollies quickly. 

Moving Equipment Rentals

You will need to provide relevant moving equipment for your family and/or friends if you are enlisting their help for the move. This means you will have to get furniture pads for moving chairs and couches to protect the floors from scratching as well as dollies for heavy lifting of larger items such as appliances. 

There may also be a need for moving straps, towing equipment, and moving blankets rental. These moving equipment are all available at The Home Depot and the truck rental centers at U-Haul. Your DIY move will run to completion successfully when you use the right equipment. 

Load Like a Professional

If you fail to load your items properly, they may get damaged as you drive through bumps on the highway. Hold your belongings tightly using rope and straps, and load heavy items and large boxes first into the truck. You can as well put larger belongings at the front of the moving truck to prevent it from shifting while in transit.  Read our post on packing a moving truck like a pro.

Pack a Bag

There is every possibility that you may not want to access even find any of your boxes that are essentials during the first night you get to your new place. You should pack a small bag or two that will contain your essential items for the first night in your new home to reduce the pressure of having to unload that same day. 

Be sure to pack clothes and other personally essential items for a few days before you actually have the time and strength to unload and unpack your belongings.  

Create a Moving Checklist

Moving involves various steps such as buying of moving supplies and transferring your utilities. You can easily forget a step that may not seem important but later turn out to give you a headache. You can consult our moving checklist for items that you might not think of or even forget while packing. 

Create a Moving Budget

You are preparing yourself for a lot of headaches and stress if you fail to prepare for your move. You will have peace of mind when you plan ahead of your move. Begin to create a moving budget by conducting research on the cost of your move so that you don’t end up paying more than what you have to. 

Rent Plastic Bins (Reusable)

The majority of movers will not lift any heavy belongings placed in cardboard boxes due to a reason. You and your items can be at great risk if the box should break. You can rent a plastic bin instead so that you can save yourself from the heavy lifting. You can also opt for reusable boxes instead of cardboard boxes. 

Pack a Box for your Essentials

It will pain you to find out that the box that contains your toothbrush is placed right in the middle of the moving truck after the move. It is, therefore, important to pack a box that contains your essentials for the first week of your arrival. Consider it as packing for a vacation. Make sure the box is placed where you can easily access it when needed. 

Additional Tips for successful DIY Move

Record the Move

Your employer might be willing to pay for all your moving expenses if you are relocating for a new job. Tax credit may also be available to you when you file for income tax. Make sure you keep a record of all receipts and expenses pertaining to the move for evidence. 

Research Moving Tips

Because moving is mostly common among people, there have been many moving tips around that you can consider to make your move a success. You will find many of these easy, affordable, and useful tips on Moving Feedback. These tips may also save you some money. 

Save yourself from Injury

The pain that results from getting injured during a move will not only bring you inconvenience but can also decommission you from embarking on the move. Make sure you put your safety above every other thing. 

Avoid any heavy lifting that may cause you back pain and also make sure you do some stretching before you begin the moving process. Eat some carbohydrate foods for strength and also practice some safe lifting skills. 

Prepare for the Weather

Weather is one of the major factors that affect moving especially in winter. However, you cannot always control your moving date and so it is important to prepare in advance for towels, ponchos, covers, and tarps. Endeavor to relocate in the morning to avoid the heavy downpour that normally occur in the afternoon and get more people to help to make it faster. 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

We are faced with the problem of heatstroke for most of us in Southwest Florida, and the best solution to avoid it is by drinking enough water. Make sure you have a cooler with ice beside you as you journey to your new home. Endeavor to take breaks on the journey and sit in the shade, drink some water, and make sure your body stays cool all through the journey, especially if you are moving during summer

Research Car Towing

If you own a car, rent a car hauling company to have your vehicles transported to your new home to save gas and the cost of an extra driver. Be aware that there are protective measures to be taken when towing your vehicle with the moving trailer. Research the local trailer rental companies in your area to get the best deal and quality service for your car to be transported from your old home to the new one. 

Go for Moving Insurance

It is better to protect your belongings than to take the risk of getting it damaged or lost without any compensation in return. There is a possibility that your highly valuable items might break or get lost while hauling them to your new home. It is important to consider moving insurance for protection. Contact your home or rental insurance providers to see if there is any coverage available with them. 

Final Thoughts

One of the most expensive options to relocate is by hiring a full-service moving company to pack your belongings. When you pack yourself, you will be left with some money after buying moving boxes and moving supplies. You can get help from Moving Feedback regardless of your decision whether to rent a moving truck, moving container or hire moving labor. Check HERE for more information on available discounts, moving quotes, and other details.

David Cohen
David Cohen
He has a degree in literature from Stanford University and a profession in Mass Communication. David is a member of the Moving Feedback research team, an expert in writing educative articles to help readers make the right buying decisions. He is well versed in moving industry matters to give the best advice on moving needs.
David Cohen
David Cohen
He has a degree in literature from Stanford University and a profession in Mass Communication. David is a member of the Moving Feedback research team, an expert in writing educative articles to help readers make the right buying decisions. He is well versed in moving industry matters to give the best advice on moving needs.

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