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DIY Moving Mistakes : How to Avoid Them

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DIY Moving Mistakes: How to Avoid Them

In an effort to save money, many people will try to move without professional help. To successfully complete a DIY move, you need to take measures to protect your belongings, your safety, and your timeline. Here are a few ways to combat the most common DIY errors. .

Planning is Key

The first mistake people make is being too optimistic and creating an unrealistic timeline. The experts suggest planning two months in advance if you have the notice. In that time, you will be able to properly declutter and donate your items, paring down your belongings so you can be more organized and avoid hauling items only to get rid of them later. You will also want plenty of time to rent storage space, hire movers for heavy or hard-to-move items, and properly clean your home after everything is moved out.

Packing Issues

Packing unnecessary items is another common folly. Take the time to sort your belongings, choosing whether to keep, sell, or donate them. You can host a garage sale or sell more expensive furniture and antiques through a consignment shop. Anything you do not have the space for in your new location can be placed into storage but taking the time to decide whether you need the items before you move will save time and energy on the back end.

Properly pack your belongings with new packing boxes and shipping materials. Professional movers have the equipment and knowledge to properly contain difficult items, such as your kitchenware. Take the time to separate plates with filler paper to protect them and prevent breakage. For the heavy and expensive items, you may want to hire expert movers. If you attempt to move heavy items yourself, remember to lift with your legs to avoid strain on your back. Enlisting the help of your friends and family may sound like a good idea, but make sure everyone is briefed on items that need extra care and that everyone knows to lift properly to avoid injury.

You do not want to unload your boxes only to discover you cannot find anything. Label every box with what room you want it placed in the new space. Doing so will save you time and frustration later. Even better, you can label the boxes you will need in the first few days with “open first.” These will be things like bathroom essentials, bedding, and table settings.

For a safe and efficient moving experience, declutter and donate unwanted items, use the proper packing equipment, label boxes for ease in sorting, and give yourself enough time to plan the logistics. For help with the heavy and hard-to-move items, consider hiring professional movers.

Tips for Planning a Moving Sale

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Tips for Planning a Moving Sale

Planning a moving sale can be a great way to go through your items and sort out things you no longer need. For a successful sale, consider the following.

Where to Start

First, you need to pick a date for the sale to take place. Garage sales do better over the weekend, so it is best to choose a Friday and Saturday. Consider coordinating with your neighbors or asking family and friends if they would like to sell anything at your sale. The larger the sale, the more likely it will attract customers. Settle on a date that works for everyone that plans to host on that day and schedule it to run from morning through the afternoon: around 9 or 10 to 4.

Next, you will need to advertise your sale. It is common practice to place yard signs around your community announcing the sale, address, date, and time. For extra traction, post about your moving sale on social media and ask your friends and family to share it to boost engagement. The more people that know about your sale, the better. There are even garage sale finder apps that direct people to sales around their neighborhood, so consider adding a pin for your location to boost traffic. Local newspapers often report garage sales as well, so you can reach out to your local paper to alert them to your upcoming sale.

Once you have settled on a date and begun to advertise, gather the items that you wish to sell. Sort the items into categories such as clothes, kitchenware, tools, jewelry, etc. This will make it easier to space out your setup and make it easier for your customers to navigate. To differentiate between your items and any that friends or family are selling, use distinct color stickers to display the prices of each item.

Garage sale-goers expect a deal, so price your items accordingly. It can be a good idea to stop by a few garage sales in the weeks before your sale to get a more accurate gauge for prices in your area. Generally, expect a ballpark price of $2 for clothes, $1 for books, and fair prices for electronics and more. Be prepared for haggling over more expensive items, and if you cannot budge on a price, make that clear by noting “firm” on the sticker after the listed price.

Prepare for the weather on the days of the sale. Have tarps ready to cover your items if rain is in the forecast and have beverages for sale on hot, sunny days. If possible, have two people running the sale so you can each take a break for lunch. Bring a pleasant attitude and you will have a successful sale.

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