A DIY move can be quite an adventure whose outcome will be determined by your organizational skills and strategies applied during the process. If you are moving just a couple of streets away, you might think that you can do it without professional help, which is totally possible, provided that you are familiar with all stages of DIY moving.
A proper moving plan created in advance as well as adequate moving equipment will help you stay on track during this challenging process. Possibly tense and stressful moving circumstances may put your patience and nerves to the test. During the self-move you are responsible for making certain your personal items are transported safely to the new residence, so make sure you have everything you need to make that happen.
– Moving van or truck
The size of the moving vehicle should be based on the amount of items that are going to be transferred to the new destination. If you are moving locally, just a couple of blocks away, you may decide to make multiple trips to your new home and back so as to transport all your belongings in your own car.
On the other hand, if you are moving long-distance, that option would be both expensive and time-consuming. If you eventually choose to rent a moving vehicle of an appropriate size, you should decide whether you are going to drive the vehicle or hire a professional driver. When calculating moving costs, make sure you include some additional expenses like road tolls, parking fees and fuel costs.
– Packing material:
Get moving blankets in order to protect your belongings from scratches, dust, and debris. If you are not willing to spend additional money on moving supplies, you can use old blankets, towels and any other fabrics that can provide an adequate protection.
Shrink wrap or plastic bags can be used for keeping your cushions clean and dry during the transport.
Bubble wrap is ideal for protecting glassware and delicate items like figurines, silverware,…
Cardboard moving boxes and specialty boxes will keep your items from braking. The former can be obtained even for free in the grocery stores, bookstores, restaurants, while the latter is available at the moving supplies stores.
Straps and ropes are ideal for carrying heavy and oddly-shaped items in a safe way and securing them to a moving dolly so as to prevent them from falling. Ropes are especially convenient when moving heavy items up and down stairs and trying to hold drawers in place. Furthermore, by using moving straps you will keep injuries at bay – remember, your safety comes first!
Packing tape is used to protect corners and keep furniture parts like doors and drawers together.
Furniture dollies are convenient for transporting heavy items like king-size bed, pianos and kitchen appliances. Just make sure that the items are secured properly to the dolly and that you have an extra pair of hands when you are about to load them to the moving truck.
Use floor protection materials in order to prevent damage to your property. Plywood sheets, film protectors and cardboard sheets usually provide sufficient floor and carpet protection and keep them clean and dry.
Keep your tool kit handy in case you need it for furniture assembly.
Needless to say, proper shoes and clothes are absolutely indispensable, especially if you are moving in poor weather conditions.
Keep some cleaning supplies on hand in order to leave the old property in excellent condition.
Gather friends and family members who are willing to help you out. Teamwork is what makes a successful DIY move and ensures a positive outcome.