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5 Problems You May Encounter With a Do-It-Yourself Move

One of the first questions everyone faces when moving to a new home is whether they should tackle the relocation themselves or hire professional movers


The advantages and disadvantages of each home moving circumstance are unique, so it’s hard to determine what will be ideal for you. In most cases, people not in the moving industry aren't familiar with the proper procedures for moving heavy items, protecting furniture, and loading or driving moving trucks.


Here are five potential do-it-yourself household moving challenges you might encounter.


1. Personal Injury

You probably know the golden rule of moving - lift with your knees, not your back. However, as you're transporting heavier boxes and items around tight corners and inside staircases, you might need help to follow this rule as diligently as possible.

Injuries can happen quickly and can be as minor as a sprained ankle or back injury or as significant as a broken bone. Unfortunately, if you do hurt yourself during a move, you're on the hook for any medical bills or property damage that may occur. Plus, it makes finishing the move and unpacking even more of a challenge.

2. Lack of Assistance

You never truly know how many friends you have until you ask people to help you move. But even if you know dozens of people, how many will appear on your moving day? How many can help you lift heavy items and navigate trickier locations? What about those willing to drive, load, and unload the truck?

You can pack and move your belongings quickly if you're young and have many healthy, active, willing friends. However, most people will not be able to find a lot of help, which will make the process longer and more complicated than it needs to be.

3. Improper Packing Methods

Packing for a move is a tricky thing to master. First, you need high-quality boxes. Secondly, you must pack so that every item is secure and each box is appropriately labeled. And finally, you must make sure you can lift and move each box without hurting yourself or damaging anything inside.


4. Handling the Moving Truck

Maneuvering a large, packed moving truck in unfamiliar territory can be daunting, especially if you are moving to or from a city. The tight streets and parking rules are challenging. The prospect gets even trickier when you add potential weather issues like snow, ice, or even rain.

5. Property Damage Risk

Moving furniture and heavy boxes is not something people do all the time. Unfortunately, many individuals underestimate the challenges that come with the job. Protecting your furniture and adequately packing your boxes onto a moving truck can be like a puzzle. 

If you aren’t careful, when you're moving by yourself, you may cause damage to various types of property, including walls, stairs, windows, and even the moving truck.

Get Professional Moving Help From Us!

Hiring professional movers to pack and transport your belongings can mitigate these problems. So not only can you get the peace of mind of knowing that they are handling everything correctly, but you can also focus on other aspects of the move, so you remember everything. Contact us today to see what moving options we can offer you.