Ahh, moving day. It’s exciting to think about moving into a new place but it can also be a very stressful time, in many ways. There is so much to do with packing, planning, moving, heavy lifting, unpacking, and sorting. Deciding between hiring movers or doing it yourself is sometimes a tough decision. If you’re moving long distance, you might have to hire movers, depending on your situation. However, if you’re moving locally, you have a bit more flexibility on how you choose to move. You might be able to move yourself with a rental truck from Uhaul, Budget, etc. or even with a pickup truck if you make several trips and your own personal vehicles.
So let’s discuss the planning aspect of a DIY local move. This is going to be the most important part to ensure success.
Things you will need:
- Boxes of various sizes and strengths
- Packing tape
- Markers for labeling boxes
- Packing paper/bubble wrap for breakables
- Mattress bags and furniture pads
- Dollies/hand carts
- A lot of patience
Here’s how you can plan your own DIY local move:
- If you’re moving locally, it can be possible to move on your own (or with a little help from friends) versus a moving company. This can save you some money and give you more control over what happens with your move. However, it’s important to know that a lot of hard work will go into a DIY move.
- Assess whether or not you can drive the moving truck, afford the truck rental (and associated fees), and handle the packing and moving of boxes and heavy furniture yourself. If you can enlist some friends or neighbors to help out where you can’t do it all yourself, even better.
- Plan your packing. Once you know that you’re going to DIY your local move, you need to plan the packing. You may not need to pack as carefully as you would for a long distance move, especially if you know you will be doing it yourself. If you label and remember where everything is, you don’t have to worry so much about broken or missing items. You also can pack more loosely when you know you’re just going to another house locally. For example, we just took clothes from the closet still on their hangers and moved them that way, hanging them right up in the new place. It saved SO much time!
- Start packing in advance. Once you know you are moving and you get your packing supplies, you can start packing up the things you won’t urgently need. This will make it so much easier the closer you get to moving day. The earlier you can start, the better it is for you. Also be sure to label things as you go and when you get down to the last things that you will need to unpack first, label them accordingly.
- Enlist the whole family to help. Everyone who is old enough and capable enough should be helping out. There are even tasks you can assign to young children, such as packing their own toys and clothing. The more people help out, the smoother the move will go.
When all of your planning and organization is in place, you can pack up your entire house on your own and move it to the new location. If you’re not traveling far, it’s much easier to do it yourself and you will still be close by both homes if you need things in the transition. Again, the planning is going to be one of the most important parts of making sure it all goes smoothly. Stick around the blog and we’ll be giving you some more detailed tips on a DIY local move.
With these tips, you can begin planning your own move. Remember that each family’s needs are different so what worked for us might not work for you exactly. That said, you should be able to use these tips as guidelines to help you and just tweak them according to your own needs.