Unless you live in a huge place, filled to the top with bulky furniture and decorative items, moving yourself is very doable and something you should at least consider. Using just a couple of these ideas could save you money and stress when the day of changing locations is fast approaching.
Trying to move totally by yourself, regardless of your motivation level, probably isn’t the best idea unless everything you own will fit into your sedan. Getting help when you’re moving isn’t as hard as you think. Everyone understands the gravity of moving and will pitch in if they can. Your resources can be co-workers, family, neighbors, etc. Someone stopping by for even an hour can make a big difference. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to offer an incentive like taking everyone out to eat afterwards or providing pizza and drinks on site. Also consider the distance you are moving. Keep the option of some people helping at your former residence and others at your new place open. Estimate your arrival time at the new place to give everyone an idea of when they can help. If you feel you need a little extra, there are plenty of semi-professional guys that you can “rent” for around $100 for a few hours. They can move the beds and other bulky items.
Shop Around for a Moving Truck
There are numerous options for your transportation. Of course you can use a friend’s truck and your own car for some stuff, but you’ll likely need a bigger truck for a majority of your belongings. Do your best to estimate the size of truck you’ll need, online resources and calling around to the difference companies should help with this. It’s better to have a truck that’s too big than too small. Also consider how long you will need it and play it safe. If you aren’t sure about getting it done in one day, reserve it ahead of time for the second day just in case. Call at least 5 rental places to find the best deal. Also inquire about extra things like hand trucks, moving blankets, etc. because the price for those can vary greatly.
Most people don’t save their moving boxes after they get unpacked because they take up a lot of space. Try classified ads for people giving away boxes or selling them really cheap. Buying them straight from a company is the worst deal out there. Check around with local stores as well – they commonly throw them away when new shipments are unpacked. Being resourceful with box acquisition could save you $50 or more depending on how many things you are packing. Start saving newspapers as soon as you can for all your kitchen items and breakables, one or two newspapers will not be sufficient.
Research and Ask Questions
Use the Internet for other tips on moving yourself (this article is a good start). Ask friends, family and co-workers about their moving experiences. Everyone has a story, both good and bad, and would love to tell it to a upcoming mover.