20 Feb 10 steps for an easy DIY move
If you choose to move without hiring the moving services, and do It Yourself, then it’s very important that you have a basic understanding of the fundamental moving organizing and safety tips. Remember that moving is exhausting work, which includes heavy lifting, packing sharp knives, and other precarious factors that can be more dangerous than you might expect.
Protecting yourself during your move is just as important and objective as protecting your belongings, so you need to know the packing hacks. It is always a better idea to research the topic first and avoid an embarrassing number of mistakes and additional expenses during your move. Get a closer look at our 10 Steps for an Easy DIY Move and happy moving!
- Do the plan:
It should have the moving time-line and steps of the moving process in it. Plan the packing step carefully. It is better to finish minimum 1 or 2 days before a moving day! Remember that for some people, the packing can become a very long and exhausting thing.
- Sort through and organize things:
First, sort belongings on paper by creating two parts: one section for the things you are taking to a new home and one for the stuff you don’t want or need anymore. Choose what you’ll sell or get rid of, and what can go to charity.
- Start to sell things you don’t need early:
For everything that can be sold, plan and invite your neighbors and friends for a yard sale or garage sale. Another option is to sell your items online, way before starting to pack all the rest.
- Choose Packing Materials:
As you already saw what needs to be packed, do the shopping list for items you would probably need while packing. It could be really special in sizes or purpose packing boxes and materials. To save money, you can ask if used moving boxes are available from grocery or liquor and wine stores and arrange it with the store manager there. Specialty packing materials and supplies can be purchased at a local moving retailer, a mail service store, or an office supply outlet. Accessories like packing tape and packing paper. A box cutter, printed labels you can order, or packing peanuts are special things if you are going to go professional with it! The tape dispenser is another item smart to have when it comes to packing. It will save you time, frustration and your teeth too! 🙂
- Label boxes by rooms:
In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, and at your new home, unpack by rooms.
- Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
- Use furniture sliders and a moving dolly:
Another safety tip for your DIY move, is using proper moving equipment if you’ve made a decision to lift and move heavy objects without professional assistance. Use either a 2-wheel appliance dolly or a 4-wheel furniture dolly to prevent any risks of accidents and injuries. Furniture sliders are pieces of hard plastic, and durable rubber will enable you to slide your heavy furniture across the room with minimum effort and no risk of your floor getting damaged. Make your move much safer by renting or purchasing a moving dolly or other moving equipment.
- Eat healthy food, stay hydrated, sleep well:
Don’t underestimate the importance of eating properly, drinking enough and getting enough sleep or water during your whole moving period. You may find yourself too weak and not thinking too clearly – a hazardous combination that may easily lead to a number of different moving day accidents. Have frequent breaks to avoid exertion, keep your energy level high by eating healthy and nutritious food, including high-energy snacks in between meals.
Drink plenty of water too, to prevent the unpleasant side effects of dehydration. Remember it is better to go to sleep early and get up earlier than usual, being refreshed and re-energized than to stay really late working and then waste the entire morning.
- Create a team and act together!:
Think about people who are willing to help you! Maybe your grandmother will be happy to talk to neighbors during the garage sale or your son can easily take great pictures on his phone of stuff for sale and post them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
- Do a thorough walk-through of your home and keep an eye out for anything you might have forgotten:
Open all of your cabinets and check every single one of your closets, including the very backs of shelves. Make sure that anything you plan to take with you is packed and ready to go.
Assuming all the important steps of a DIY move: with the right mindset, good planning, strategies, and the right people helping you, will simplify all the hard work of moving! 🙂 Good luck and stay strong!