7 tips for moving by yourself
Are you going to move and your head feels like it’s going to explode already? Forget about any needless stress. We have made a list of 7 tips that will help you move like a pro.
Prepare as much as you can in advance
Packing items, disassembling furniture... Try to pack as much as you can and prepare for the move in advance. Otherwise, you won’t know what to do first. Get everything that you will need for the move itself in advance, so you won’t lose any time searching for them at the last minute and looking for alternative solutions.
Make a thorough list and go over it again a day before moving. Do you have enough boxes for moving? Did you borrow your friend’s van and know when he wants it back? And who is going to help you move that heavy wardrobe?
Tip: Read what boxes and other materials are suitable for moving.
Make photos of electronics and furniture
Before you start taking apart all your equipment and disconnecting your electronic devices, pull out your phone or camera. If you take photographs of everything in advance, you will find it easier when you put it all back together again. Don’t forget to also take photos of all the screws and other components that belong to the given item. You will avoid getting them all mixed up.
Don’t put too many heavy things into one box
If you put too many heavy items into one moving box, you will likely find it hard to lift and maybe you will even throw out your back doing so. Put careful thought into how you place your items in the moving boxes.
Get an early start
Did you take a day off to move? Do you have to hand over the keys to the flat by the evening and return the borrowed van by five? Don’t sleep in even if you have the feeling that there is no pressure on you. In order to make sure that you manage to move everything by the evening and to avoid any unnecessary stress, set your alarm and start moving early in the morning.
Exercise and have a hearty breakfast
Even before you pick up that first box, take some time for a short morning workout and warm up and stretch your body. All the lifting, pulling and running up and down the stairs will be a test for your muscles. If you are not used to working out regularly, pay even more attention to your exercise and be careful with heavy boxes. And to make sure that you will have enough energy for your big move, make sure to get a hearty breakfast.
Tip: Moving tends to be demanding. Make sure you have enough water on hand and also offer refreshments to your helpers.
Load up the largest items first
Before you start piling the boxes on top of the other in the moving van, think about what is in each of them. If you place them poorly, your favourite mug that you got from your grandma could easily be damaged during transportation, or you will needlessly have to take extra trips because you won’t be using the potential of your van’s space.
If you aren’t sure what to do, follow the golden rule: load up the large and heavy items first, then fill in the free space and little spaces that arise with smaller boxes and other sundries.
Don’t be shy to ask for help
You don’t have to handle it all by yourself. On the contrary, without any help, moving especially large and heavy items can end in a catastrophe or finding out that you simply can’t budge it by yourself. Ask your friends and tell them the moving date sufficiently in advance so you can be sure that they will have the time to help you.
Tip: Do you have lots of questions but don’t know where to find the answers? Read this interview with the sales representatives of STĚHOVÁNÍ Praha, who answer everything you wanted to know about moving.
And if you find out that it is too much for you to handle, don’t hesitate to contact professional movers, who will not only move you, but also save you time and work with the search for all the materials and with packing, disassembly and reassembly.