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Moving Yourself? Proper Planning Can Help Relieve Stress

by: Jeffrey Anderson
01 Dec 2010

At least once in your life, you may have to move yourself. You may be moving on a budget or moving at the last minute for a sudden career opportunity. Taking a moment to do some planning can help make the move less stressful and can save you some money, too.

When You're Moving By Yourself, Planning Can Make it Easier

When you use a professional moving company for your move, you often don't have to worry about anything. They show up with their truck and packing materials, and you just stay out of the way. A self-move isn't like that; you have to budget for everything to make the move happen, and then make the arrangements for getting everything there on time. Forgetting to budget for an item can not only cost you money, but it can cost you time and can delay your move.

A lot of the planning for a self-move can seem like common knowledge, but if you don't have a plan, you can forget critical items that can make your move a bit of a disaster. If you're moving by yourself, you may need to plan and budget for the following:

  • A Truck. Are you going to borrow a truck or do you plan on renting one? If you are renting a truck, which is less expensive--one way or round trip? If you are moving on a weekend, is the truck rental open on the weekend or do you need to rent it on a Friday? Make a reservation far enough ahead so you know a truck will be available; weekends are a popular time for a move.
  • Moving Blankets. Padded moving blankets are critical during a move, especially if you have furniture. You can often rent moving blankets when you rent the truck; make sure to reserve them in advance.
  • A Hand Truck. If you have a lot of boxes, a hand truck can cut down on the number of trips you have to make back and forth to the truck. You can also use it to move heavy items. They are usually available at truck rental facilities and you can also find them at tool rental stores.
  • Different Sized Boxes. Try to imagine what you will be packing in boxes and what sizes you might need. Use boxes that won't fall apart during your move and pack heavier items like books in smaller boxes. Sturdy boxes are available at moving supply stores and you may even be able to get them at the truck rental facility.
  • Packing Peanuts, Bubble Wrap, and Packing Tape. Use these items to protect your valued belongings as you pack them up. You can find them at moving supply stores and often at truck rental facilities.

Plan on having these items on order or on hand to alleviate some stress from your self-move. A little pre-planning can save you time and money as well. Plan to reserve or buy these essential moving supplies in advance, if possible. You add stress to your self-move by scrambling around at the last minute trying to find what you need.

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