If you rented your own truck in order to move into your new home then you are probably well aware that this is going to require the most amount of work on your part. With that said you will also be saving yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars, which is something to feel good about. In fact if you begin to get frustrated as you move your furniture and boxes into your new home just remember that for your efforts you will be saving you the amount of money it costs to go on a really nice weekend trip, so maybe think about treating yourself after all is said and done.
One of the most important things to do if you are planning on renting a moving truck and doing the move yourself is to get as much help as you can. While you may think it is possible to move all of your furniture with just two friends (and this is possible), try to get as many people to help as you can, so that no one gets burnt out and so tempers don’t flair up. We all have seen the arguments that take place during a move, which mostly occur because of fatigue and hunger, and while they are common, they are entirely avoidable.
While we have focused a lot in our other guides on practical advice for how to physically go about handling a move, and we will do the same here, we also want to spend some time talking about how you can make the process of self-moving more enjoyable for yourself and for the people who are helping you out.
How to Make the Moving Process Enjoyable
If you rented your own truck in order to move into your new home then you are probably to a certain degree dreading the fact that you are going to have to move all of your heavy belongs back and forth from the truck, and possibly up and down stairs. This a natural response to the work that is ahead of you, but if you plan it properly it doesn’t have to be a bad experience.
To begin with when you are planning your move you want to get as many people as you can to help. The best way to go about doing this is not through the usual, “What are you doing next Saturday?” and then laying on the unsuspecting individual that a move is about to take place, but rather give people ample notice and sell it as a relaxed day to hang out, move and eat good food. By doing this, and most importantly giving people as much notice as possible, you should be able to gather together the most amount of people possible, which will help greatly in the moving process. If you can get 5 to 6 people to help, your entire move will fly by and no one will feel exhausted or worn out. However, if you can’t get that many people to help you out, don’t worry, just remember to take breaks, stay hydrated and be sure to eat something.
While yes there may be some time constraints on your move if you rented your own truck (like having to return the truck in time or the time window to move-in in certain communities), with that said you don’t have to rush to get everything done and an extra hour here or there isn’t going to really change anything. In fact if you factor in an extra hour for the move then you think you’ll really need you will find that the whole process goes a lot smoother and you won’t feel the anxiety of a time crunch.
Since you are the one asking others for help remember that no one responds positively to authoritarian style leadership, so just relax. There is no real need to bark orders at people or attempt to micromanage everyone’s movements. Rather guide the entire process and just make sure that everything is getting done. Before everyone arrives to help you move be sure to have a cooler filled with water or sport drinks so that everyone can stay hydrated. A day or so before the move ask everyone what type of food they want so that you can get delivery to your new home. If you can afford it, it might also be a good idea to give all of the volunteers some money (although they may reject it) or buy them all a little something to show your appreciation for their help.
By doing all of this, which really doesn’t require much on your part you will notice that the mood of your move is not tense and tiresome, but rather is jovial and enjoyable. While there may be parts that no one likes, like having to move that 300-pound dresser, if you all work together you can make it through the day with a positive attitude intact.
The Best Way to Move If You Rented Your Own Truck
Like we talked about above, the first thing that you will need to do in order to have a successful move if you rented your own truck is get as many people as you can together to help. While no one really likes asking for help it is imperative when you are dealing with a move of any size that you have ample assistance. This will ensure that the move is done in an effective manner and it will also ensure that no one suffers from fatigue while moving, which could lead to your items getting damaged.
If you rented your own truck and are going to be doing the move yourself then it is best to start as early as you can in the morning. Beyond the fact that it is just usually cooler in the morning, which can help a lot if you are moving in summer, when you start moving first thing in the morning your energy is focused on the task at hand and procrastination as no time to set in.
Hopefully you have already packed up your house and gotten the furniture ready to move and so for the initial part of your move, simply begin by methodically going room to room and moving all of your belongings onto the truck that you rented. It may take some maneuvering to get the truck filled in a secure manner, but this is to be expected.
When driving to your new home it is best to take it easy, go slow, and don’t take sharp turns. If you have to drive on highways you may get anxious at the people flying by you, but don’t let this influence your speed. Drive as fast as you are comfortable going and remember that you have all of your belongings in the back of that truck. The safer you drive, the less chance you have for breaking or damaging your stuff.
Once you get to your new home you can begin the unloading process. Like we talked about in our guide on renting a moving truck, you should bring all of the furniture inside and place them in the respective rooms that they will be going in. You should keep all of your boxes in one central location, sorted by what room they go to, but don’t bring them to their final destination until after you have assembled all your furniture.
If you plan on not finishing the moving process in one day then it is best to set up the bedrooms and possibly the living room, so that you can at least feel comfortable and begin to acclimate yourself to your new home.