It Yourself Move
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Remember - You can choose to do any or all of the move yourself.
(see our do it yourself packing guide)
We also have lots of info about organizing your move - so browse
our website for more detailed information.
- Perhaps you want to pack
your valuables and personal items yourself, but leave
the heavy lifting, awkward items and driving to a professional.
A professional mover knows how to dismantle bunkbeds, properly
secure big screen TV's and protect "grandma's china cabinet."
- Consider your reasons
for a do it yourself move and pick & choose the jobs you
want to do yourself. (Consider boxing all of the "non-estentials"
before listing your home. Just be sure to fill pack the boxes
properly for the move. It takes care of the clutter and helps
the house "show better" + it makes it easier to clean
up for last minute showings. Can you live without the Cuisinart
and the waffle maker? All of the fine china & knicknacks
can be carefully packed up. Have the children choose the items
they "just can't live without," and pack up the rest.
Pack all linens except for those on the beds, tables and bathrooms
to increase closet space. Put all of the holiday decorations
- Take into consideration
the quantity of items you need to pack and move. Remember
that the move should be manageable within your time schedule
and your manpower. Therefore, if the move is considerably larger
and the process takes longer to complete than anticipated, consider
the fact that you will miss work and a portion of your paycheck.
Add to this the extra expenses of a self-move, such as fuel,
food, lodging, and tolls. You may not save as much as you planned.
Before deciding whether to handle your own
move, take a look at these factors:
- Do you have the time needed to do the entire job?
- Packing, loading, unloading and driving can be
- How many items do you need to move?
- Remember that heavy furniture and appliances may
be difficult to handle.
- Are you physically capable of loading and unloading
on both ends of the move?
- This is a hard work. Long driving accompanied
with carrying heavy boxes is a very tedious process.
- Will you have family or friends to help you? Always
have people to help you through the relocation process.
- Remember, moving companies have liability insurance
for their employees in case of injury and obtaining extra insurance
for your self-move might be more expensive.
- Do you have a license to drive a big truck? You
may need a special permit to drive one.
- What about the rest of the family, children, and
pets? There may not be enough space in the truck for your family
and your pets. You'll have to make provisions for them to follow
in a separate car or to reserve flight seats.
- If you are making a long-distance move, factor
in the costs of food and lodging.
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