When faced with a do-it-yourself move, many movers are stressed and overwhelmed just thinking about the huge project ahead of them. However, with careful planning and research, movers can cut their time and effort levels in half; thus alleviating stress. By following a few simple guidelines, do-it-yourself movers can enjoy a stress free move.
Know your new layout – Are you going from a smaller number of bedrooms to a larger number of bedrooms or vice versa? How about the same situation with going from either a garage to no garage? Knowing the layout of your new residence can help eliminate the need to move unnecessary objects around. A great idea is to map out the layout of your new residence and fill in the rooms with the furnishings that you would like to go in each room. If you are going up or down in rooms, make sure you label boxes appropriately for your new living arrangement.
Take inventory – A week or two before you move, be sure to take an inventory of your present belongings. Anything you do not want to move with, have a yard sale or donate the items to charity. This way you do not have to pack any extra items, and if you do not want to move with a lot of belongings, this may help to reduce the size of the moving truck needed. Also, yard sales are great ideas because you can apply the fast cash you make towards the price of the moving truck, thus eliminating some of the financial stress associated with many moves.
Plan for the future – If you are planning on moving again in the near future (college students, military families, people in temporary housing) and space allows, break down all of your boxes and save bubble wrap. Be sure you store all of your boxes in a cool, dry place that is free from any bugs or moisture.
Buy insurance – When picking up your vehicle, go ahead and purchase the extra insurance that is offered with your rental contract to cover any accidents. Even if you car insurance says that you are covered, paying an extra $100 is safer than having to replace an entire moving truck.
Load smart – When loading your rental truck or other moving vehicle, load the lightest and smallest boxes first, and then the heavier ones. This way when you unpack the truck, you will carry the heaviest items out first and leave the lightest ones for last. This is especially important if you plan on moving all day, as by the end of the day most people are tired and are not as vigorous as they were earlier in the day.
By following these easy tips, any move can be accomplished in stages, and help to reduce any stress or anxiety you may have about moving. When in doubt, ask for help with boxing, selling, or carrying. The more hands you can have help you, the faster you moving day will be completed.