So you are a do-it-yourselfer? We respect that. While a do-it-yourself move should save money, it can cause more hassle and headaches. Use these tips to reduce the hassle and headaches.
Plan your move ahead of time
- Rent your truck 3 weeks in advance—You can always change your reservation day and time, but this way you’ll be guaranteed a rental. Most do-it-yourselfers wait until a week or two prior to rent their truck.
- Line up your moving help 2 weeks in advance—Whether you are getting friends to help or hiring labor-only loading/unloading help from Move (Click Here to Get Moving Helpers), waiting until the last minute could leave you help-less. Friends won’t appreciate a favor being asked of them at the last minute and when hiring movers, the sooner you book the better chance of getting the exact day and time you prefer.
- Pick up packing supplies one week in advance—Packing takes longer than you think. We estimate about 10 minutes per box if packed properly. Moving day is stressful enough, you don’t want to be doing any packing on moving day, trust us.
Purchase the Tools & Supplies Needed
- Boxes—A common mistake do-it-yourselfers make is not purchasing or acquiring boxes in which to pack their belongings. Even though it may seem like a lot of money to spend on cardboard, the money you spend will be worth the time you save carrying items to the truck, loading items efficiently in the truck, and safer transport of those items.
- Packing Paper—It sounds ridiculous to spend money on packing paper, but this stuff works. It’s an essential for making sure your items don’t get broken in transit. You can also substitute towels, bedding, and other linens for packing paper to save money.
- Stretch wrap—Its like saran wrap…for your furniture. Sometimes it seems like over kill, but it is worth spending the extra time to make sure that drawers are secured and cloth is protected from dirt and grime. Small stretch wrap also works great for fastening together garden tools or bed frames pieces.
- Moving Dollies—If you have a garage full of boxes, you will want a 2-wheel dolly. If you have a heavy piece of furniture like a secretary desk or an armoire, a couple of 4 wheel dollies can be lifesavers. Make sure you know how to use them before trying to put something heavy on them!
Pack it up and Prep Several Days Before the Move
- It takes approximately 10 minutes to pack a box. The average 2 bedroom home will have 75 boxes. That equates to 750 minutes or 12 ½ hours or packing for one person.
- Use the time you have set aside for packing to sort through what you actually need/want and what you can trash or give away. This will save you time, money, and space in your new home.
- Label EVERYTHING—Pack each room individually and make sure to mark which room a box is going to in the new house so your movers or friends will know where to put the boxes.
- Pack a box with essentials that don’t need to get trapped on the truck. This includes items like phone chargers, check book, laptop, toiletries, etc. Take this box with you or pack it very last on the truck.
We hope you find these tips helpful. Please remember, whether you need moving advice or a full service moving team, we’re always here to help. Get your move on! @whatmovesyou