It’s important to remember that some DIY moving errors can be rather painful – literally! One of the main differences between having your house move handled by professional Thornhill movers and having it done by non-professionals is the level of overall safety. Keep in mind that all professional movers have been offered couple training and lessons on safety matters, and have been taught the proper way to assure both personal safety and property protection.
So, if you have decided to undertake the DIY approach to house moving, don’t make the assumption that you’re immune to any accidents. Instead, follow this self-moving advice to stay safe from Day 1.
Use your common sense at all times to avoid injuring yourself. Before lifting and moving heavy furniture pieces with your pals, ensure that:
- there are no obstacles on the walking path,
- proper moving equipment /an appliance dolly such as moving straps are used,
- proper lifting techniques are used to avoid nasty injuries, especially to your back,
- you wear protective work gloves for your hands and fingers, and
- you put on your most comfortable pair of shoes that have excellent traction and ankle protection.
- double tape your moving boxes even if they seem secure enough,
- place clean sheets of paper on the bottom of each box to protect it and the items inside it,
- make use of plenty of crumpled packing paper, bubble wrap or pieces of old but clean clothing to create cushioning layers inside the moving boxes and fill up any empty room, and
- keep all your moving boxes at an ideal weight of around 50 pounds each.
Avoid the self-move mistake of letting small children and/or pets be around the action on the Big Day! Too many pairs of playful feet could jeopardize the safety of the entire DIY moving operation. Keep your loved ones away from the moving expedition for both your sakes – For everyone’s safety, make sure you keep the ones you love away from the whole moving process.
DIY mistakes #4: “Renting and driving a moving truck is no big deal.”
When it comes to DIY moving tips, a critical stage is to secure a truck to transport your household items to your new home. And when it comes to self-move rental vehicles, there are some serious mistakes to be avoided at all costs.
Don’t think that loading a rented moving truck on your own is an easy job.
If there is a chance that your items will require storage space more than the truck’s capacity can offer, there’s no doubt that you will have to make a second trip. Or worse – you may be needed to return the vehicle and select a larger one, which would mean a lot of wasted time and nerves.
Truck rental mistake #2 In case the chosen truck is a lot bigger than required, not only will you pay extra for space you won’t even need, but it may also increase the risk of damaging your belongings, in case they are not properly stacked and strapped inside the truck. Despite both implying an unpleasant situation, this one would be the least unpleasant.
As a result, having at least a basic idea on the approximate capacities of rented moving vehicles would come in very handy. Below are some approximate truck size calculations to aid you in making a good choice. Even so, discuss this issue with a knowledgeable representative of a truck rental moving company before making your final decision.
- Pickup truck. Ideal for small loads and partial moves.
- Cargo van. Suitable for college moves, partial moves or shifting from a studio apartment when moving locally.
- 10-12 foot truck. Suitable for college moves and small apartments.
- 14-17 foot truck. Ideal for relocating from 1-2 bedroom homes or smaller offices. These are the most popular rental moving trucks on the market.
- 20-26 foot truck. Good for moving household items from large 3, 4 bedroom homes.
Be sure to visit our site tomorrow for the last tit-bit of mistakes to avoid when self-moving.