Obviously you are DIY moving because you want to move economically. This implies that you want to move efficiently and safely, avoiding costly personal injuries and / or damages to furniture and / or property. In order for you to properly move household goods, you need to become knowledgable about a lot of factors. So please read all of this section and its links in order to best prepare yourself for the various circumstances you're going to encounter when doing DIY furniture moving.
Minimizing moving costs (6) should be your very last consideration,
You do not want to have any of the 6 above mentioned considerations out of this order at any time or you will make faulty decisions that will probably increase your moving costs, cause you a unnecessary aggravation and increase the time you spend doing your move. Take a few moments to think about each of these 6 considerations and their priority of consideration.
For instance, if you rush the moving task you will in effect be putting the (1.) Safety of the movers and (2.) Safety of the article being moved into lower priority than (3.) Minimizing your overall time spent moving. As a direct result of that shift in priorities, there could be a costly injury and / or costly damages to your furniture and / or costly damages to expensive floor, wall, ceiling or door surfaces. Besides forcing you into increased costs, you will also have to deal with unwanted moving grief and who knows how much extra time spent rectifying these problems. We have therefore given you quite a bit of information linked to each of these 6 considerations for your review so that you will make right moving day choices and accomplish all of your time and money saving goals.
First and foremost, we will instruct you that it is wise for all of your movers to learn how-to-move safely in order to avoid personal injuries. A severely injured person is the worst kind of problem to encounter on moving day. You certainly don't want to see anyone get hurt helping you and it can get quite costly at a hospital to treat some emergency injuries.
Second, you obviously don't want valuable furnishings damaged, so we will teach you how to pack and / or very carefully blanket wrap as many of your household goods as possible in order to protect them.
The picture on the left shows you quite a few well protected furnishings neatly loaded onto a truck and strapped off to avoid load shifting. When furnishings are this well protected all through the moving process it is very unlikely that any damages will occur.
Third, you also obviously want to avoid costly and aggravating real estate property damages. So we will also teach you floor, wall, door and ceiling protection.
Finally, we will emphasize correct trucking procedures in order for you to avoid truck accidents, occupant injuries and / or furniture damage on the truck.
So please diligently peruse as much of this web site as you feel is necessary to learn everything that is at all pertinent to your particular move, even though there is going to be quite a bit of information to absorb.
The members-only side bar menu has entries for almost every conceivable moving situation. So when you subscribe select any of these that fit your circumstances and fully read them. Every one of our menu entries will take you to pertinent in-depth teachings with pertinent illustrative pictures which will instruct you on proper moving techniques for that particular item.
Most people are packrats to some degree. Nearly everyone's home has old junk in it that should no longer be there. Of course, what is categorized as old junk and what is still useful and worth saving is entirely subjective to your personal opinion. Only you know what you still want or need. So you should try to decide before move day just what all you want transported to the new residence and what all you want to dispose of.
Then, all goods that are being moved and that can be boxed, should be properly and carefully packed up and labeled. Goods that cannot be boxed should be blanket wrapped if possible to protect them. The rest of your things will have to be moved unprotected, so just be very careful with them.
Small appliances such as toasters, counter grills, mix masters, radios, toaster ovens, blenders, etc. should all be carefully packed into boxes and moved as fragiles because they can be quite costly to replace. Remember, you're out to save money when you're DIY moving and each thing that you can fully preserve from damages during your move saves you repair or replacement money.
Do all of this kind of moving very carefully by yourself. If anything gets broken or disappears for some reason you only want yourself to blame. Don't trust anybody else with these kinds of light, valuable items because if anything goes wrong with them, it will become a nightmare for you. Breakage or loss of these kinds of valuables can lead to theft accusations, outbursts of anger, loss of friendship or close relationship, police involvement, law suits, etc., etc., etc.
When relatives and / or friends are helping you to pack up and move your home its wise to make conditions for them as comfortable as possible. During working periods just having tasty snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on hand can do that. Ordering pizzas, chicken, oriental food or other kinds of meals will also be appreciated. Remember, these folks are giving you their help and saving you the labor cost of employing packers and movers so a few such relatively inexpensive, thoughtful gestures will help to make their work for you more pleasant.
You can also let them pick their own radio stations or tv stations while they're packing your things up or moving them. Again this makes the work environment more pleasant for them. And be sure there is plenty of bathroom tissue, kleenex and air freshening spray where it can be easily found in the bathroom so your people don't have to ask embarrassingly for it.
Never, never, never bring forth alcoholic beverages for your helpers until the day's work is completed. Alcohol makes people get prematurely tired and lazy so save it until everything to be done that day is actually finished. Then maybe go ahead and relax and unwind with a couple of drinks with them but don't let anyone who's driving get legally drunk. Any DUI's issued that evening would be a terrible downer for the recipient, for you and for any of your folks who helped out.
One interested party wrote us to suggest a neat trick to use with alcoholic beverages. He said that he loaded a chest of beer on ice in the front of the truck's cargo area and then his people loaded all of his goods around and behind it. Then, even though they were tired, this gave everyone extra energy to get right down to unloading the truck at his new residence!
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