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DIY Moving Mistakes To Avoid

Published by Chris Townsend

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Do It Yourself Moving Mistakes To Avoid

One of the advantages of a do-it-yourself move is that you are in full control of every aspect of the move, from packing to renting a truck to loading, driving, and unloading it. It’s no small task and having the right approach when moving on your own can be invaluable in making the experience run smoother. With that in mind, here are some of our tips regarding mistakes you should avoid when moving without the help of professionals.

Waiting Until the Last Minute

Time is one of the most important assets at your disposal during a do-it-yourself move. Ideally, you should give yourself as much as time as possible before moving day to get everything situated and ready to go. This applies to everything from acquiring the proper moving materials like boxes, markers, and tape, to reserving a moving truck for the day and time you plan on moving. Waiting until the last minute can throw a wrench into any moving plans, especially if you’re unable to get a truck when you need one or you’re left shorthanded when you need some key supplies or equipment.

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Using Whatever Boxes You Can Find

Finding boxes is one of the most important aspects of moving, whether you’re doing the job yourself or hiring professionals to help. This is another step you want to address early in the moving process so that you’re not left scrounging up any tattered box you can find to pack your belongings in. We always recommend getting boxes from the movers directly if possible since they tend to be sturdier than boxes you’ll find at a grocery or retail store. Sturdiness counts when you’re packing!

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Underestimating the Size of the Truck You’ll Need

Don’t skimp on the size of moving truck you rent! Not having enough room in the moving truck for everything you need to pack can be a real headache on moving day. To avoid this frustration, try to make the most accurate estimation of what size truck you’ll need and then go one size larger to give yourself some extra room to operate. Having too much space is better than not having enough.

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Not Renting the Proper Equipment

Just as it’s important to reserve a moving truck and get all the supplies you’ll need to move, it’s also essential to request the rental of any equipment you may need. This includes things like hand trucks, furniture dollies, appliance straps, and anything else you think you’ll need to make the move easier. There’s no need to risk injury by trying to hoist large appliances or even heavy boxes on your own. Having the proper equipment makes the job infinitely easier and your back will thank you later.

Not Separating Daily Use Items

Don’t just pack up everything in your house without a plan. This includes separating out the things that you use on a daily basis, particularly bathroom items, phone chargers, and medications. These are the things that you’ll need to use regularly, even on moving day so it’s important to keep them separate so that you have easy access to them when you need them. It can be a good idea to pack some snacks and drinks along with your daily use items on moving day.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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