Although professional movers can get the job done quickly and smoothly, you’ll often pay a premium for their services. Whether you’ve just bought a new home or are moving into a college dorm, chances are you have a lot of valuables to manage. Moving yourself can save you a lot of money, but it can be very frustrating for those who have never done it before. The process will go a lot smoother if you take the time to plan things out carefully and also enlist the help of family and friends. If you’re planning a do-it-yourself move, read our guide first before booking that truck!
Is a DIY move right for you?
If you’re not hiring a full-service moving team, this means you’re the one lugging those large boxes and all that bulky furniture. If you have disabilities that prevent you from lifting heavy items, then a DIY move might not be right for you. However, if you are physically able to perform the work, then make sure you are comfortable driving a moving truck once all your items are loaded.
Here are some other questions to ask yourself beforehand:
- How much is the truck rental, and are the savings worth all the extra work?
- Will someone be at the destination to help unload items?
- Will I need help packing my belongings into boxes and wrapping up all my furniture?
Never underestimate the amount of work involved in a home move. From huge pieces of furniture and all the kitchen cookware and down to the little knick-knacks; there’s a reason why moving companies get paid big bucks to relocate entire households. Be honest as to whether you’re ready for the undertaking because it’s all hands on deck!
Are Your Friends and Family Willing to Help?
When we say it’s all hands on deck, we mean it. You’re going to need some trusted allies to help you get through a DIY move. From packing up your belongings to loading everything onto the truck, a few extra pairs of hands will get things done more efficiently. Ask friends and relatives if they’d like to help. If so, chances are they’re willing to do it for free. But thank them for their hard work by putting a spin on things — turn moving day into a moving party! Offer to feed them and put in an order for take-out or a catered lunch. Put out snacks, drinks, and other treats to show them your appreciation.
Come moving day, get a head start — especially if you want to beat the heat. Gather your friends early and aim to be on the road with your belongings by 10 am. This will give you enough time to unload the truck at your destination and arrange some key furniture pieces before dark. The priority should be getting your bed set up first, so you can sleep comfortably after a long day of moving.
Will You Need a Self-Storage Unit?
If you’re like most households, you may have a ton of items that you just can’t part with. If you’re downsizing to a small condo, you could have furniture and keepsakes that may need to go into storage. If you’re moving into a larger home, your belongings may need to be stored elsewhere while you do some renovations. Whether you’re in transition or just need a safe place to park your belongings, self-storage units are the perfect solution to a number of different scenarios. Here are some features to look for when shopping around for a storage facility:
- 24-hour video surveillance
- Gated access that requires code entry
- Well-lit grounds that deter criminal activity
- Climate-controlled units with added pest control
Decide at what point you’ll need the storage rental, and plan the rest of your move accordingly. To minimize stress, you may want to do two separate moves. One move to get your belongings into the storage rental. The other move to get your belongings into your new home. Try not to schedule these moves on the same day, especially if you’re choosing the DIY route.
And don’t forget to pare down your items before throwing them into storage. There’s no use paying a monthly fee just to hoard junk. Get rid of stuff you no longer need and keep only the essentials or things that bring you sincere joy.
With some careful planning, a self-move is an excellent way to save money and feel a sense of accomplishment. And remember it’s called a do-it-yourself move — not a do-it-by-yourself move. Ask your most reliable (and strongest!) friends to help you out. Turn it into a fun-filled day with laughter, good food, and plenty of exercise. Not only will your muscles thank you, but your wallet will too.