I have never met a single person who enjoyed moving. Let’s be frank, it’s NOT FUN.
After moving myself multiple times and helping people move I have come up with a list of helpful resources to use when planning your next house move. These tips are designed to save you time and money.
Save Money On Boxes
If you go to the U-Haul store and buy all your supplies (boxes, tape, etc) you will slightly overpay. They are convenient because they are all in the same place, but with a little preparation, you can save some money. My last move cost me over $100 in boxes alone.
Pro-tip: If you do buy from U-Haul they will buy back your unused boxes. Here is their offical stance on the matter. “We’ll buy back your unused boxes. We offer 100% buy-back of any unused U-Haul box, with receipt, at any U-Haul center nationwide. “
Set Aside Old Blankets To Help With The Move
Instead of packing up your old comforters and sleeping bags, keep them out so you can use them to cover couches, clothes, and other things from rips and tears.
Whenever I help people move I always make sure we have some blankets we can throw out in the back of the moving truck to protect things.
Another handy use for blankets is you can put a heavy item on them and drag the item across a smooth surface (like a garage, kitchen, or hardwood floor).
It can kill time if you have to go open boxes hunting for the blankets.
Stage Your Rooms
One of the best ways to save time is to have your room staged.
Here is how to do it…
- Put all boxes in a corner (stacked as high as you are comfortable with)
- Place odd shape items next to them (not in front of the boxes so you can get to them)
- Place larger items next to the odd shaped items
Because when you move you will want to build a wall of boxes, and if you have them done room by room, when you unload the boxes it can make it really easy to know where they should go.
Also, when you load a moving truck you will have small gaps where odd shaped things like ironing boards, TV’s, and shoe racks can go. But you won’t know unless you have them staged for moving.
Finally, it’s important to have the big stuff set aside so you can see what still needs to be packed in the moving truck.
Ask for help
If you need help moving, there are a couple ways you can find it.
- Hire a moving service
- Post an ad on Craigslist
- Ask your local church if they have anyone who would donate their time
- Ask friends and family
- Make a Facebook post asking for help
- Throw a moving party and offer pizza and drinks
- Ask you local high school if you can rent some help
Get Floor Sliders
Floor sliders are a great way to easily move furniture around with one or two people. If you put your couch, entertainment center, etc on sliders you can push them around to get them out of the way or move them closer to the door before you need to lift them out.
They are also handy when you move into the new place and you want to rearrange the furniture a few times to get the right layout.
Buy Moving Straps
These can be a life saver. If you have really heavy furniture, or need to move the furniture long distance, these straps will save your back, wrists, and knees. Check out a video of how they work.
Don’t Load Your U-Haul Truck On A Hill
This is coming from personal experience. If you have a steep driveway, you should take care on how you load your truck. If you load the truck on a downhill grade, you might not be able to start the moving truck when you are ready to pull out.
The truck has a safety feature that if it’s too heavy it won’t start.