Easy Steps For Moving Yourself + 15 DIY Moving Tips
So you’ve decided to take on the task of moving yourself. You’re not alone. Thousands of people each year move themselves without hiring movers with no problem. But, that’s not saying its an easy task.
Even when hiring movers, the moving process can be stressful, but deciding to move yourself without hiring movers is even more tough. But, thankfully for you, we’ve put together this simple step-by-step process guide.
So, how do you move yourself? Here’s our guide:
Step 1: Decide How You Will Move
This first step requires you to pick a method of moving. The earlier you pick your method, the better chances you’ll be able to secure what you need on your move date. Also, the earlier you choose, the better you’ll be able to prepare your home for whichever method of moving you need.
Moving Options For Your DIY Move
- Rent A Moving Truck (Uhaul, Ryder, Penske, Enterprise) – To rent a moving truck from Uhaul, all you need is a valid drivers license and be at least 18 years old. Unlike rental cars you don’t need to be 25 to rent a Uhaul moving truck.
- Rent A Trailer (Uhaul) – To rent a trailer from Uhaul, all you need is a valid drivers license and be at least 16 years old.
- Use A Container Service (PODS) – A container service is great if you’re moving a small home or small amount items from your home. It’s also great if you need a short-term storage option before you move. If you live in an apartment, they won’t be able to drop off a container in an ideal location. The great thing about a POD or similar container service is that you can have it dropped off and move items in at your own leisure over a span of a few days. You can also utilize one of these if you need to move out of your home but your new home isn’t ready yet to move into yet.
- Use Your Friend’s Pickup Truck – If you have a small number of items and you are moving locally, you can always ask to borrow a friends pickup truck. You can also rent a pickup truck from Uhaul or car rental places.
- Pack Yourself & Hire Movers To Move The Heavy Items – If you have somewhat of a larger home, 3 bedrooms or more, it might be best to go with this option. You can still have low moving costs if you pack and prepare everything yourself and hire the movers to only wrap and move the furniture and boxes. Here’s a great checklist on how to prepare for movers to save money.
No matter which option you choose, the quicker you line up your moving option the better. Especially during the busy seasons from May-August.
Step 2: Donate Or Get Rid Of Unwanted Items
If you’re looking to save money on your move, the first thing to do is get rid of or sell items you don’t want anymore. The less you have the easier it is to move.
Consider having a garage sale before you move so you can actually make some money to put towards moving costs like boxes or renting a moving truck.
Also, check out this article on how to get rid of used furniture before moving.
Step 3: Find Helpers For Moving Day
Moving yourself doesn’t mean moving by yourself. Moving isn’t an easy task, and you don’t want to end up hurting yourself. When carrying out a DIY move its best to find at least 2-4 capable helpers (friends or family) to help you with your moving.
Give your friends a few weeks notice for anyone who is willing to help on moving day.
When hiring your friends to move, understand that there is a more likely chance of a few things going wrong since they are not professional movers. If you really need to save money and your furniture is cheap then asking your friends is fine. Just make sure you provide them with ample drinks, food, and maybe take them out for a drink or meal at the end of the day.
You can als Hire A Helper to find able body people to help you move any large items you may not be able to lift if you are moving to Fort Worth.
Step 4: Get Packing Materials
The best place to buy moving boxes and packing paper for your move is stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Items such as tape, mattress bags, and tape dispensers can be found online for much cheaper.
Use your blankets & linens – Instead of going out to buy expensive moving pads to protect your furniture, you can use your own blankets and linens to protect your furniture. You can wrap your furniture with those items and secure it with tape or large rubber bands (if you want to buy them).
Packing Materials Needed
- Boxes – Small, Medium, Large, Dishpacks, and Wardrobe Boxes. Here’s a great guide on how many boxes you need for your move.
- Packing Paper
- 3-6 Rolls of Packing Tape
- Mattress Bags
- Tape Gun
If you’re looking to find cheap packing materials, check out this post: 13 Places To Get Cheap or Free Moving Materials
Step 4: Begin The Packing Process
The earlier you start packing the less stressful moving will be. It’s always recommended to start packing at least 1-2 weeks before moving day.