Moving home, as people often mention, is one of the most stressful things in life. Although the end result is being settled in your new home, the process of getting from A to B is far from straightforward, taking a lot of the fun and excitement out of it all.
Many people choose to hire a removal team to alleviate some of the stress and give them less to worry about, but opting instead to hire a truck and do everything yourself can save some serious cash. That's especially useful if you're on a tight budget after spending out a lot on other aspects of the move. But what if you're really stuck on your own, having to do the whole move without any help at all? Here are some tips to help you get it done smoothly.
Plan even earlier than you think
There's always something that will happen unexpectedly or things that will go wrong on the day. Although it seems impossible to completely eliminate the chances of this happening, you can certainly minimise them.
As soon as you know you're going to moving, start planning. Make sure you know what size truck you'll be renting, how much stuff you have to move, and precisely when you can get into your new property. This might also be a good time to start getting rid of junk you no longer need.
Get more boxes than you need
You don't want to be stuck shoving things into plastic bags and hoping for the best. If you're moving on your own, it's more important than ever to have things packed away neatly so that transporting them is easier.
Another good reason to get extra boxes is that you can avoid overloading them to the point where you can't lift them without a buddy.
Stock up on marker pens
Label every box you pack, so you know right away where it needs to go in the new place. You'll be glad you did later on.
Start packing early
Work out what you can do without for a while, and pack it away. There's a lot to do and you'll be sick of the sight of boxes by the time moving day rolls around, so doing a little bit every day will make you feel much less stressed.
Stack and measure
When you have your boxes, stack them up neatly and measure the total size so you can work out how many trips you'll need to make in the truck. Nobody wants to find themselves still unexpectedly driving back and forth late at night.