10 Easiest Ways to Move without Professional Help

Updated August 12, 2018
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Here are a few tips to move without professional help! It’s moving day – and while you may be excited to get settled into your new place, packing up, hauling and unpacking all your belongings probably sounds daunting. Getting furniture up and down stairs, bubble wrapping breakables and finding a big enough vehicle to move large items are just a few of the things you can expect to take on. To make your move easier, we’ve compiled this list of tips to help you out when you don’t have a professional moving team to lend assistance.

So, let’s get started! Here are the 10 easiest ways to move without professional help.

1) Start Well Before Moving Day

You can start preparing for your move as early as you want – a few days, a few weeks, even a month or two – the earlier the better. Start packing things you don’t use often or need immediate access to. Things such as holiday decorations, old clothing and other items in storage or the back of your closets can be boxed up so you don’t have to deal with it on moving day.

2) Have a Garage Sale

Consider having a garage sale before moving day so you don’t have to haul unwanted stuff to your new place. Plus, this gives you a little extra spending cash that you can use on whatever you wish.

3) Rent a Vehicle

Unless you own a truck or SUV, you’ll most likely need to rent a vehicle. U-Haul, Penske and Budget are popular options; many hardware stores also rent-out smaller pickup trucks if you don’t need something larger.

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4) Find the Best Route to Your New Home

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, save time by determining the easiest, most efficient way to get to your new home. Research potential construction closings beforehand, and take traffic, detours and necessary stops into account when you’re planning a route.

5) Keep Inventory of Your Items

Number your boxes and keep track of what’s in the corresponding box on a spreadsheet. This way you know exactly what’s in each box and can unpack it accordingly. All you need to do is look up the number to know that it’s a box of plates, or towels, or kids’ toys, etcetera.

6) Make a Master List to Stay Organized

When moving, there are a ton of things to keep track of – from the inventory of your items to shutting off utilities to transferring your address and much more. Create a master list and tuck it away somewhere safe so you can stay organized throughout moving day.

7) Reach Out for Help from Family and Friends

Even though you’ve decided to move without hiring a professional, it’s still important to find someone that can help you out. Otherwise, you could end up breaking your belongings—or worse—breaking your back. Reach out to family and friends to see if there’s anyone that’s willing to lend a helping hand and your move will go much smoother.

8) Get the Right Moving Equipment

When it comes to moving, there are a few specialty items that will make the process easier. These items include:  

  • A wheeled dolly will make moving big items easier and save your back
  • Moving straps will ensure everything stays secure and doesn’t break during the move
  • Boxes, moving tape and bubble wrap will keep the packing process smooth

9) Pack the Truck Correctly

Packing the truck correctly is a science. Place heavier, larger items near the corners and base so they can support the other boxes – consider these the cornerstones. You also need to think ahead about where the items go, so you optimize space.

10) Pack a Box of Things You’ll Need Right Away

Once you get everything to your new place, it may be a few hours, days or even weeks before you get everything unboxed and in its correct place. Having some essential items on hand, such as toilet paper, soap, towels, bed sheets or snack foods, will make you feel more comfortable and prepared to tackle unpacking everything else.

Best of Luck on Moving Day!

So, there you have it – now that you have these 10 tips handy, you’re more likely to have a better moving experience. While it may seem challenging to plan every aspect of your move, perseverance and organization will make it easier overall.

Contact us with any other questions that you may have. If you have more questions about finding the best housing in St. Paul, get in touch with one of our team members today by emailing info@tbigos.com – we will help you find a place that feels like home!

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