DIY Moving Tips for Homeowners in Encinitas

Whether you are moving out or into a home in Encinitas, here are a few tips and guidelines to follow when taking care of the move yourself. With a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) move, you may see it as a great way to save yourself money and hassle when dealing with professional movers. However, a lack of proper planning and packing techniques can defeat the overall benefits of a DIY move when moving into a home in Encinitas.

Tip #1: Get Started Early & Get Rid of Junk

The day you move catches up fast, so make sure you get a head start. Begin the packing process early and pack away your non-essential items a few weeks if not a month before your moving date. Nothing is worse than that last-minute scramble to pack, so make sure you stay ahead of schedule.

As you pack, this will be a great opportunity to get rid of junk and useless clutter. Not only will you have less to pack, but it will also save you time and money from taking useless clutter from one home to the next. While packing, it would be essential to create four groupings of your items.

  1. The Items You Are Moving
  2. Trash
  3. Donation
  4. Garage Sale

Tip #2: Make a Daily Schedule & Follow It

It is likely that you will not be able to focus all of your time and energy on your move, because you have a certain work schedule. Use a calendar and write down specific tasks that need to be taken care of as well as when they need to be done.

Things you can organize would be at first find boxes and moving supplies to pack your belongings. As you get home from work during the week, you can use the evenings to pack, take care of the change of address forms, reserving a moving truck or moving container, transferring your utility services, and so on. By tackling a couple of these issues every day, you will save yourself a lot of problems later on.

Tip #3: Packing & Labeling

Packing your belongings away and not knowing where you put a specific item that you just so happen to need is a recipe for frustration. Keep a note inside the box right under the lid so when you open the box you’ll know exactly what is inside, or write a general content list on the side of the box. Labeling where each box should be going throughout the home is also essential.

A tip from Do’s & Don’ts is for your delicate items, such as dishes; to pack in-between, use paper towels as padding. It is inexpensive and clean, and can be repurposed for wiping down surfaces in the new home.

Tip #4: Recruit Help

Moving day is known for ruining friendships, mainly caused by poor planning and communication. Hopefully, it should be no problem for you to enlist friends to help, but you have to think like a competent manager to optimize their time and yours. You don’t want your friends to feel overworked or for them to get the impression that they’re being taken advantage of. Make sure you have plenty of refreshments and food available to show your appreciation.

Tip #5: How Are You Transporting Your Belongings?

One of the most important decisions you have to make in a DIY move is how you are going to get your belongings from your old home to your new home. If you are moving across town, then renting a moving truck may be your best option. If you are moving across the country, a moving container may be a much better choice.

Don’t think that you can just have 1 trip for large furniture in a truck/van, and then make as many little trips back and forth with your personal vehicle. If you have to make more than five trips back and forth, you will not only end up exhausted but any savings you think you’ll have will be eaten up by your gas expenses.

By Linda Moore

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