So, you’ve decided to undergo a solo move. Once you start researching moving companies, prices, logistics, you may realize you’re in for more than you bargained for, especially with only one pair of hands.
However, there are steps you can take to make your DIY move easy, inexpensive, and relatively painless.
Consider shipping your car
Dealing with a vehicle can be a source of worry and stress. To sidestep unnecessary anxiety, consider hiring a reputable car transport service. These are door-to-door services that are fully insured and equipped to transport your vehicle safely. Professional auto shippers do all the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to deal with trailers, hitches, or long drives. With extra time to spare now that you’ve delegated auto shipping to a third party, you can spend your limited time and energy on other moving to-dos.
Start planning early
Once you know you’re moving, start planning. Enlist helpers, call utility companies, and start looking into moving companies, truck rentals, buying packing materials.
You may be moving by yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hire companies or ask friends for help.
Consider flying over driving
For a long-distance move, driving can mean days on the road. You will have to think about lodging, fuel costs, food, and the risk of being on the road for an extended period — especially if you get caught in rush-hour traffic. Flying is hassle-free, much faster, safer, and more relaxing than driving — not to mention that you won’t have to worry about taking time off work to spend a few days driving.
Get rid of stuff
The less stuff you have to pack, the easier your move will be. Get rid of as much stuff as you can. Start by cleaning out your closet, then move on to your kitchen, and even take a good look at your furniture. Donate, give away to friends, or sell those items you haven’t used in over a year. Also consider donating or selling large and bulky items, like furniture.
Consider hiring a house cleaning service
Moving is stressful enough. If you can, consider hiring a house cleaning service. It will save you time that you can then use packing. If you can’t afford a cleaning service, focus on the most critical areas of the house. Prioritize cleaning your kitchen, bathrooms, and closets. After that, focus on dusting and vacuuming the whole house or apartment.
Use proper packing supplies
Make sure you buy the right amount and kind of packing supplies. Consider smaller boxes instead of large ones because they are lighter to carry and easier to stack in a truck or container. Also, make sure you have enough bubble wrap and wrapping paper for fragile items, like glasses and plates. Don’t forget to buy enough packing tape and labels for your boxes, too.
Start moving early in the morning
Don’t wait until noon to get started. Get up early in the morning, especially if you want to beat the heat or beat rush hour traffic. Everyone loves sleeping in, but there is a lot involved in the moving process. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before so you have enough energy to tackle the move — and any unforeseen challenges — bright and early.
Moving can be stressful. However, if you plan and prepare early, it can be an easy and worry-free process. Check out car shipping and house cleaning services a few weeks or months in advance, and consider flying instead of driving to cut some time and stress.