HOW TO MOVE YOURSELF: SUGGESTIONS and TIPS
Below are some suggestions and tips to utilize if you decide to move yourself vs hiring a Paterson NJ mover:
Loading vs. Unloading
Remember that packing the truck almost always takes longer than unpacking it. So you should plan your moving time accordingly. it is always more time consuming to get furniture and large item out of a house or apartment than it is into one. This is due to the configuration of rooms in moving the items out vs. moving them in.
Hiring Movers for Some of the Work
Also, remember that not all movers are the same - some are more efficient and professional than others. Even if you move yourself, you may want to consider hiring a mover to move just one or a few large items. Even in this case, you should follow our tips on how to select a mover. Moving just a few large items can go smoothly or it can be a nightmare for the consumer if they select the wrong mover.
Time of Year
Consider the time of year in which you will be moving. In the summer, when it is hot, have plenty of cool beverages on hard the quell hot dry thirsts. Also, plan on going more slowly as the heat can sap your strength. Conversely, if you move in the winter, consider the weather conditions, such as ice, snow and cold, as they can adversely affect your move.
Day of the Week
Try to avoid moving on a weekend, or even the beginning of the week if possible. Weekends and beginning of weeks can be a hectic time for renting u-hauls, which could delay and/or lengthen your move. Instead, schedule your move for the middle or end of the week, when rental shops are less busy and so are moving companies if you need to hire them for an item or two.
While you may move yourself, consider renting or buying some equipment. Dollies will save you a lot of work and effort. Dollies have multiple functions and can not only save you time but also your back. Also, consider obtaining moving blankets - they are used to pad furniture when loading, preventing damage.
Packing the Truck
As you pack the U-Haul, consider the inventory method of last in/first out. Always pack your U-Haul with the big items, such as appliances, furniture, etc. last so they can be unloaded and moved into the new residence first. This will save you time in potentially avoiding to have to re-move them as you unload smaller items. Further, the effort to move these heavier items will be expended early in the unloading process so you get this big job out of the way.
Have a Plan
Know where you are going to unload and place items in your new residence before you get there. This will save you time, effort, and frustration in avoiding having to move them again within the property. This is certainly true for larger items, such as couches, beds, and appliances.
Ensure you are plenty rested up before the move, even if you decide to hire movers for some of the items. Moving days can be notoriously long and trying, so get plenty of rest the night before to ensure you are ready to go the next day. Also, consider going to bed early the evening of the move - there will always be more to do and it can wait until tomorrow.
If you rent a U-Haul, note where convenient locations are for gas. When you return the truck, you will want to re-fuel it yet not have to go out of your way to do so. Also, note gas prices when you pick the truck up so you can select the least expensive gas station on your way back to return the U-Haul.
Don't leave a few items here and there to move the next day - move completely the day of the move. Nothing is more frustrating and irritating as have to deal with additional items the day after the move. Logistics and planning will be more difficult, to include potentially needing to re-rent a U-Haul truck.