Questions to ask yourself before attempting to move home yourself
It's often said that moving home is one of the most stressful things that a person can do in their lifetime. But if you have a tight moving budget and you don't want to spend a fortune on the services of a moving company, you might decide that you are prepared to take on the extra stress and to move all of your things yourself. Moving all of your personal items, furniture, and vehicles is no easy task, and to get the job done properly, you need to be prepared. These are a few questions you need to ask yourself before committing to a DIY moving job.
Do you have any special, high value items? If you have paintings that are worth a lot of money or expensive glassware that you are afraid will break during a move, you need to think carefully about how you will pack these items. For high ticket items, specialist packing is often needed. You can either risk packing the items yourself, or you can make an investment in professional packers. This doesn't mean you have to outsource the whole moving process, but that it might be worth hiring packing specialists to ensure your most valuable items make it to your new home in one piece.
How will your things actually going to get to your new home? The most common moving solution for people moving in a DIY way is to rent a truck. But don't just walk into the first rental place you find and hand over your cash. You will need to consider the size of the truck that you need according to the amount of stuff you need to move, whether a rental company will allow you to rent a truck on a one way basis, and whether the insurance will cover the towing of vehicles if you are moving your car at the same time as the items in the truck.
How much stuff do you have? Packing up your things will take time, and a lot of it. You not only need to create a budget but also a moving schedule so that you can move in a timely way. If you are totally intimidated by the amount of furniture, appliances, and other items that need to be shifted, see if you can rally some friends and family members together to help with the packing.
Consider these questions carefully first, and the moving stress you experience should be kept to a minimum.