When you set your mind on something, you know very well that nothing can stop you. Moving on your own can be less expensive than hiring movers, and that is why the majority of people choose the DIY move. In order not to make amateur mistakes, and actually save money on a DIY move, we have conducted this simple, yet so effective moving guide that will help you every step of the way. Of course, if in the middle of the preparations you realize that you need professional help, you can always reach out and hire the pros.
A DIY move requires planning, organizational skills, discipline, and a lot of effort, but you will come out of it as a winner. In order for everything to go smoothly, we highly recommend that you start planning the move on time. It usually takes 8-12 weeks to organize and perform a local move, and up to 16 weeks to perform a long-distance move. Depending on the type of your move, and the number of items you actually want to move, the sooner you start planning the better. Put everything down on a to-do list and print the list in several copies. The to-do list will give you a headache in the beginning, but as you start to tick off the things that you have already done, it will give you a much-needed motivation to continue.
After the to-do list, we come to the most important thing about a DIY move. How much time can you set aside for the moving process? And how much can you go over your budget? Check your finances and see where you stand, so that you can avoid any unpleasant surprises later on. It is very important that you do not go over your budget, but also to have enough cash for the unexpected events. So, if necessary, start saving money at once, and you will save yourself from a lot of stress during the move.
We cannot emphasize this enough. Go through all of your belongings and ask yourself when was the last time that you used that thing? You should really get rid of the items that you have not worn or used in years. You can organize a yard sale, or sell the items online if you wish. Make some money along the way and get rid of all the unnecessary items. You will save so much money on packing and transporting later on. And also throw away all the broken or really old items that no one can use anymore.
When on a DIY move, you need to stop by the DIY store and get yourself some packing supplies and equipment. Here is what you will need in order to pack your items properly:
If you are moving on your own, it does not have to mean that you have to do absolutely every single thing on your own. Call your friends for help. Just make sure that they will show up on a moving day, or whenever you need help. Two to four people are enough to make the moving process so much easier. Just remember to buy them lunch or some small gift for their assistance. If you are not able to find any help for packing, loading, or unloading the items, you can always hire professional and reliable movers, and you will not have to lift a finger.
An essentials box is a life savior when you go for the DIY move. It is basically a box or a bag, as you prefer where all of your important things will be. Clean clothes for 24-48 hours, passports, phone chargers, money, documents, even food. Whatever you think you will need by your side, place it inside of this box. And keep the box by your side at all times. If necessary, make one essentials box for each of your family members. You will find out just how useful it is to have your kids` favorite toys and books within a hand reach when they become restless.
Moving on your own does not have to be hard. As in life, the key is in great organizational skills. Just remember that soon you will be enjoying yourself in your new house and that it will all be finished quickly. Never panic, or rush, you have time for everything. Good luck!