How To Move by Yourself

Sometimes, moving alone is your only option. Perhaps you received help on one end to pack your boxes, but you’ve now moved to an unfamiliar city where you don’t know anyone who could help. Maybe your friends and family just all happen to be unavailable at the particular time you’re going to be moving. Whatever the reason may be, it’s time to take the plunge with your DIY move. Here’s how you can get the job done and move by yourself:

How to Move by Yourself

Planning Your Move by Yourself

The steps you take before you move are some of the most crucial in the moving process. This is the time to evaluate everything. There are 3 key questions you should ask yourself to help you get prepared:

  1. What do I need to bring?
  2. What is my budget?
  3. How quickly do I need to do this?

Planning Your Move By YourselfWhat to Bring

The more you decide you need, the more that you need to pack, load, unload and unpack. If you decided you need everything, Moving Helpers® are always available to help make each of these steps move quickly.

Your Budget

Services like Safe Move Damage Coverage® may not seem like they’re worth the extra few bucks before you move, but after the fact you will be so grateful, you got it. Similarly, choosing to hire professionals like Moving Help® will give you that extra set of hands you’ve been missing. Let them do all the work for you. They will do everything from packing to setting up your new place. You can even split the tasks for a quicker and less costly experience. Think of any short-term extra costs as investments to ensure that you get to your new place on time and with your belongings in perfect condition, which will all end up saving you money long-term.

Planning Your Move By YourselfYour Timeline

If you have a longer timeline for your transition, you can take a little bit of time every day to pack up your belongings. You can even start getting your items ready to move by putting them in a storage unit or U-Box Moving and Storage Container®. On the other hand, if your timeline is shorter, Moving Help® can get everything done as fast as you need.

Calculate What Moving Supplies You Need

U-Haul has a handy tool known as the moving supplies calculator that takes all of the over thinking out of packing. This will give you a solid basis for where you should start. Based on what items you have, add or reduce the number of different supplies where applicable. Don’t worry about buying too many moving boxes as U-Haul has a buyback guarantee on the ones you don’t use.

Moving by Yourself

Now that you have sorted out exactly what you’re going to need for your move, it’s time to actually get moving. If you have followed all of the right preliminary steps, moving alone will be easy. This is the time to implement all of your plans and to use your carefully selected moving supplies and other moving additions to pack up, move out and move into your new place.

Packing with a Purpose

Moving By YourselfOne of the biggest mistakes you can make on moving day is over packing, focusing on size rather than weight. Each box has specific dimensions and purposes.

  • Small Moving Box has dimensions of 16 x 12 x 12 and can carry up to 65 lbs. Watch this video to see what it can hold.
  • Medium Moving Box has dimensions of 18 x 18 x 16 and can carry up to 65 lbs. Watch this video to see what it can hold.
  • Large Moving Box has dimensions of 18 x 18 x 24 and can carry up to 65 lbs. Watch this video to see what it can hold.
  • Extra Large Moving Box has dimensions of 24 x 18 x 24 and can carry up to 65 lbs. Watch this video to see what it can hold.

Although the weight limit is the same for each of these boxes, it is comparatively different to fit different moving needs. This is even more crucial to remember when moving by yourself. Packing by weight rather than size will make loading and unloading your equipment easier and will ensure that items within these boxes have maximum protection.

Using the Right Tools

Even if you pack all of your boxes by the correct weights, there are certain items that most people simply cannot carry alone. This is where having the right moving and lifting tools makes a big difference. I know that there is no way I could carry a couch out of my apartment by myself without tools like furniture sliders or a furniture dolly. Similarly, having a traditional utility dolly allows you to get the job done quicker with fewer trips in and out of your home. Of course, the best tool available is an extra set of hands from professional Moving Helpers® who can more easily lift these heavier items onto sliders, dollies, or other related items or simply carry them out themselves with their team members.

Picking a Method of Transportation

Moving By YourselfBecause you are making this move by yourself, you have all the decision-making power. There are a variety of methods in which you can transport your items to your new place so think about what is most efficient for your move and what best fits your comfort levels. All U-Haul trucks and trailers are easy to use for any DIY move. Here are some of your options:

  • If you have a personal vehicle that you would like with you at your new home, a trailer may best suit your needs.
  • Perhaps you don’t have a car and a moving truck sounds more appealing. U-Haul has moving trucks from 10′ to 26′ sizes.
  • You can even do a combo and rent a truck to tow a trailer or your personal vehicle!
  • If you happen to be moving internationally or want more of a hands-off experience, ship your things U-Box Containers®.
  • For a small, local move, cargo vans and pickup trucks are convenient options.

Keep in mind your load, timeline and other items from your initial moving assessment. Alongside this, be realistic with what you really can move by yourself. If you would rather someone else take the reins on this part of your moving process, in many cases, Moving Helpers® offer driving services.

Settling into Your New Home

You made it. You successfully transported all of your belongings from point A to point B. But you’re not done yet. As you begin unloading your things and unpacking boxes, remember to take things one step at a time. Bring furniture, boxes and other belongings into their appropriate rooms in the house. Once you have completely unloaded your truck or trailer, unpack one room at a time. I would say to start out with the bedroom so you can get to rest as soon as possible. If you have a longer moving timeline, give yourself a few days to unpack, decorate and settle in. If you have a shorter timeline, Moving Help® is always available to unload, unpack, clean and more. Just because you’re moving by yourself doesn’t mean you have to be completely alone in the process.

Have you ever had to move by yourself? Share your experience in the comments!