Remember - You can choose to do any or all of
the self move yourself. (see our do it yourself packing
guide) We also have lots of info about organizing your
own 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
- 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 self 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
self move job?
- Packing, loading, unloading and driving can
be very time-consuming.
- 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
- If you are making a long-distance move, factor
in the costs of food and lodging.
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