Safety Tips When Moving Yourself

As if moving weren’t hard enough, there’s the chance you might hurt yourself, if you’re not careful. Lifting heavy items can strain your back. You can drop things. You can fall. Here’s how to have a safer move if you’re moving yourself.

Pack properly

The quickest way to hurt your back while moving yourself is by lifting something that’s too heavy. There are ways to pack to minimize any danger to yourself or those helping you move.

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How to Pack a Moving Truck

Friends and family are standing by to serve as moving crew, you’ve rented a moving truck, you’ve got plenty of water on hand and a pizza delivery number in your back pocket. You’re ready to get everything in the truck, right?

Planning how you will load the moving truck from the beginning of your moving preparations can save you wear, tear and broken belongings. Here are some tips on how to pack the truck and make sure everything gets to your new place in one piece.

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How to Ask for Moving Help

Scared to ask your friends and family for moving help Don’t be. While most people may regard moving as an unpleasant experience, it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to ask friends and family for help moving to a new apartment.

Who to ask.
If you need help moving to a new apartment, the first thing to do is come up with a list of folks who could potentially help you out. First consider how much stuff you have to move, how heavy it is, and how valuable or important it is to you. All of those factors will inform who you ask — and who you trust — for moving help. Remember to be realistic about the amount of manpower it will take to transport your belongings. Generally, the more bodies helping out, the faster the moving process will go.

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Essential Moving Tools for Moving Yourself

You’ve decided to save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars by moving yourself. Make another smart move by assembling the moving accessories and supplies you need to make your move as easy as possible. These moving tips will explain the tools you need to make a do-it-yourself move easier, safer, and more efficient.

Dollies and handtrucks
Take every step you can to make
moving yourself as easy as possible physically. Renting helpful furniture moving tools like dollies and handtrucks goes a long way toward reducing the physical strain you put on your body during a move. Even if items aren’t heavy, using a dolly to move them can help you navigate your apartment community quicker, which is a big plus. You also may be less likely to drop or break items if you transport them using an appropriate handtruck.

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Checklist for a Self-Service Move

A do-it-yourself move should save you money, but staying on top of all the important details will be a challenge. That’s where this self-service moving checklist can come in handy. Use our checklist throughout the entire self-service moving process to help keep your moving efforts organized. This checklist is separated into sections according to a timeline. If your timetable is faster than this, simply adjust your to-do items to meet your schedule.

The planning phase.
Eight weeks before your self-service move A successful do-it-yourself move is an organized move. Set yourself up for success by creating a plan of attack well in advance of your moving day. This part of the moving checklist will help you assess the scope of your move so you can create a moving plan.

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