Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:39

DIY Moving Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Tips from Local Moving Companies in Denver & Colorado Springs

Planning a move is stressful on your body, your schedule, and your wallet. Local moving companies like Great Plains Moving and Storage know that many individuals or families might think it’s easier or cheaper to try to manage the move themselves. Renting a truck and asking your grocery store for cardboard boxes might sound like the most cost-effective option but moving is a big endeavor that involves all of your household possessions and huge chunks of your time. Avoiding help from local moving companies isn’t always the right answer, even for the most budget-conscious among us.

Ask for a Quote

First, know that you can ask local moving companies for quotes on your whole move or any part of it. You and your family might decide to manage lightweight or boxed parts of your home, while still getting expert help in moving furniture, exercise equipment, antiques, or other challenging items. Great Plains Moving and Storage can give you a quote on any of these options.

Packing and Unpacking

Next, consider how you’re protecting your household goods. Is it really cheaper to risk damaging your furniture, your kitchen items, or your valuables? After reviewing your quote from Great Plains Moving and Storage, you might reconsider; or you might decide that packing yourself and letting our moving teams handle the rest is a good compromise. If you decide to pack yourself, make sure to use high-quality packing materials, and use plastic bins or heavy-duty cardboard boxes for items that are both heavy and fragile.

Let Someone Else Do the Work for You

Don’t forget to consider your time commitment. Especially if your move is long distance, it’s often more economical to let local moving companies move your household in one trip, rather than making multiple trips yourself. If you find yourself needing to take multiple days off of work or planning days of travel to accomplish your move, you might not be saving yourself money in the long run.

Understand Your Limitations

DIY packers or movers should also remember to be aware of their physical limitations. Our professional moving teams have extensive personal equipment (back braces, knee braces, training on lifting techniques) and moving equipment (dollies, lifts, standard size boxes) that make lifting heavy items safer and easier. When you do it yourself, try to mimic these best practices as closely as you can. Fill any void area in a box with packing paper or air bubbles. Only use boxes that are in good shape and be sure to clearly label each box. Ask for help lifting furniture and other items, and be cautious in hallways, doorways, and stairwells. Always clear your moving path before you begin to move heavy items.

Great Plains Moving and Storage offers comprehensive packing, moving, and storage services that can be customized to fit your needs. Contact us today to get started with your free quote.