DIY Moving Mistakes: How to Avoid Them

In an effort to save money, many people will try to move without professional help. To successfully complete a DIY move, you need to take measures to protect your belongings, your safety, and your timeline. Here are a few ways to combat the most common DIY errors.

The first mistake people make is being too optimistic and creating an unrealistic timeline. The experts suggest planning two months in advance if you have the notice. In that time, you will be able to properly declutter and donate your items, paring down your belongings so you can be more organized and avoid hauling items only to get rid of them later. You will also want plenty of time to rent storage space, hire movers for heavy or hard-to-move items, and properly clean your home after everything is moved out.

Packing unnecessary items is another common folly. Take the time to sort your belongings, choosing whether to keep, sell, or donate them. You can host a garage sale or sell more expensive furniture and antiques through a consignment shop. Anything you do not have the space for in your new location can be placed into storage but taking the time to decide whether you need the items before you move will save time and energy on the back end.

Properly pack your belongings with new packing boxes and shipping materials. Professional movers have the equipment and knowledge to properly contain difficult items, such as your kitchenware. Take the time to separate plates with filler paper to protect them and prevent breakage. For the heavy and expensive items, you may want to hire expert movers. If you attempt to move heavy items yourself, remember to lift with your legs to avoid strain on your back. Enlisting the help of your friends and family may sound like a good idea, but make sure everyone is briefed on items that need extra care and that everyone knows to lift properly to avoid injury.

You do not want to unload your boxes only to discover you cannot find anything. Label every box with what room you want it placed in the new space. Doing so will save you time and frustration later. Even better, you can label the boxes you will need in the first few days with “open first.” These will be things like bathroom essentials, bedding, and table settings.

For a safe and efficient moving experience, declutter and donate unwanted items, use the proper packing equipment, label boxes for ease in sorting, and give yourself enough time to plan the logistics. For help with the heavy and hard-to-move items, consider hiring professional movers.