Do It Yourself Moving

Ugh! Moving! But, if you must, you must! Planning out the move in detail can help with any problems that may come up. There are some actions that you can take to avoid mistakes, broken furniture and bad backs. Here is a list to help you with Moving Day!

Reserve your truck as early as possible. Rental trucks and moving companies offer lower rates during certain times of the year, month, and days of the week when they aren’t as busy. Try to schedule your moving day for the middle of the month, on a weekday such as a Monday through Thursday and between September and April. If you can do that, you will save a lot of money!

The size of the truck can make all the difference in a move. There are several moving truck size calculators on the internet that have you fill out a form about what you are moving and they can figure out the size of the truck you need. If you get a truck that is too small, you will have to make several trips. If you get a truck that is too big, you have to be careful how you pack so that items don’t move around and break.

While you start the packing process, make piles of things that will go to trash and those that will go to storage if you need it. Many Self-storage facilities offer moving truck rentals with all of the equipment you could dream of. If you are using one of their units they may also offer deals.This can save you time and money on moving day by dealing with your storage items ahead of time.

Next, you have to think about the packing materials and supplies. These can be purchased at a local moving retailer, a mail service store, or an office supply outlet. Even Walmart and sometimes Dollar stores will carry paper, tape and boxes. To save money, used moving boxes are available from grocery stores or liquor/ wine stores. Also, find out when the store receives large shipments and ask what time they will finish unloading. Just make sure that the boxes are strong and not damaged before using them. Artwork and mirror boxes are stronger and shaped to fit, and most come with - or with an option to purchase - frame protectors. Frame protectors can be secured to the corners of the item to prevent damage during the move. Cardboard may help protect glass surfaces and keep items separated while in transit. Lamp boxes, guitar boxes, mattress and crib boxes are some of the specialty packing supplies available online. Other items to have for the packing process are packing tape and packing paper, box cutters, magic markers instead or printed labels and newspaper. The more organized you are, the faster and easier the move.

Now it is time to load the truck. Furniture pads may be “extra” but without them you will have furniture in 12 broken pieces and televisions that are smashed. They become the most coveted item in your truck packing experience!

Load the large items first all the way to the back of the truck next to the cab. You can also leave a couple of large pieces out so that you can use them as a wall from the backside of the truck to the door and against the boxes. Be sure you tie everything down as you go so that you will  avoid an avalanche.

As you load, make sure that you are distributing the weight evenly throughout the truck. It will make it easier to load and unload and it will make the truck easier to control once on the road.

Place couches on end standing up. A couch takes up more space when laid in the truck horizontally. Most moving trucks have high enough ceilings to accommodate a long couch placed vertically.

Take tables apart because they too take up space when left standing. Set the table on its side, flat against the wall. You can also leave it intact and store boxes or other items underneath it and on top of it to maximize your space.

Bookshelves can be used as walls in the truck at the halfway point and then loaded with boxes. By loading up your bookshelf with boxes, you’re using that space to the fullest.

Pictures and mirrors can break all too easily in the back of a moving truck, so protect them by sliding them in between mattresses. They should still be wrapped and packed but by placing them between mattresses, it will make the best use of your space while ensuring nothing gets placed on top of them.

Blankets and pillows and even clothing can be packed in large plastic bags and be stuffed between items to tighten up the spaces. You want everything to be as packed as possible so there is no movement while you are driving to your new home.

You will have your truck loaded up floor to ceiling, but it is still possible that there could be a shift while in transport. To protect all of your items, use packing straps throughout the process to keep certain items safe and secure. Rather than strapping it all in at the end, strap down sections at a time for optimum safety.

Step by step, you should think of packing a truck like putting together a puzzle. The pieces are all the items in your life. If you follow these suggestions, your move should go quickly and efficiently and as easy as a new Welcome Home!

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