DIY | Moving by yourself

DIY | Moving by yourself

To prepare for a move, there is so much to do that hiring a professional packing service may make your job easier. Be aware that there are many services available, from packing all your personal belongings to packaging the selected goods only.
If price is not a problem for you, consider hiring professionals for packaging, but also for unloading & unpacking. There are a lot of companies that offer these benefits.
But before hiring or even making the decision to do so, we advise you to take your time and think about the energy you will involve in relation to the budget invested in paying mover’s expert to handle all your furniture.

Can you pack your move by yourself?

Evaluation of the house

First, the company will send you a surveyor to evaluate the details of your move. They will list every piece of furniture and although you want to wrap it, including the contents of the closet and the kitchen drawers. This is not only a way to reduce the time of your move but it will also help you determine what is fragile or valuable and may require additional care.

Valuable items, including books, artwork, and jewelry, will be negotiated during the survey with family members to determine how these items will be handled. Usually, items that can accompany you on the day of travel, instead of being loaded into a truck, will be packed separately and set aside to travel with you.


Packers will ensure that all furniture is safely disassembled and properly packaged with padding and protective packaging.

The pictures and frames will be removed from the walls and the carpets wrapped and ready to be loaded. The boxes are labeled and sorted according to the room of the house and their contents.

The packing company will also provide you with an estimate of the time as well as the time needed to carry your goods and the cost involved.

Depending on your schedule and the quantity of your goods, the price will be determined. If your move is urgent, more staff will be needed to get all your goods packed quickly. Also make sure to find babysitters to ensure that children are busy during packing.

So, should you resort to a full service? As we wrote above, you should base your choice on your deadlines and cost. A packing service could add several hundred dollars extra to your moving budget. However, if you must take two weeks off to get your goods packed, it can be worth the price. Packaging takes a long time, and you need to add the purchase of packaging supplies, as well as the entire organization before your packaging. Remember that when you get wrapped up, you first need to replace the items you will not need over the next few weeks, it’s long to prepare everything and the inconvenience of living without some goods can also be onerous.

Most packing services can pack all your belonging within one day. It allows us to save money because of the concern to live without cardboard at home.

Packaging of special items

If you are planning a budget or want to save on your move, many packaging services offer packaging of specialized items, especially fragile items, artwork, mirrors, or other fragile or valuable items only.

The company will come to you to do an evaluation and then will provide you with an estimate.

Other items may require intervention a professional packer, such as chandeliers, antiques, porcelain, vases, precious art objects. It is often worth it to pay extra fees to ensure the safe arrival of your goods.


Electronic devices often must be handled by specially trained movers. Many moving companies advisee to pay an expert to handle this task and pack big volumes such as a home appliances or fragile items such as old furniture. If personal effects are not properly packed, the removal company will not take any responsibility and may refuse to transport them.

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International Move – How to pack: carton boxes or plastic crates?

While movers traditionally choose cardboard boxes, plastic cases have emerged in recent years.

Convenience: advantage to plastic crates

cardboard boxes or plastic, both modes of packaging can be ordered online and delivered directly to you (come take advantage of discounts on the purchase of your next packaging boxes). Plastic crates seem nevertheless more practical because they do not require any assembly. Unlike moving boxes, simply fill them, close the lid and you’re done: no folding or unfolding necessary.

Another advantage is that the plastic crates are weather-resistant: no risk of deterioration due to rain, as in the case of cardboard. They also allow for more stable stacks and their integrated handles facilitate their transport. They are however a little heavier than traditional cardboard boxes and are not available in many dimensions.

Cost: advantage to cardboard packaging

Unlike plastic crates that need to be bought or rented, you can find free packing boxes. And if you prefer new boxes stronger than boxes that have already been used, the price will remain lower than that of plastic crates.

Ecology? Equality

The environmental impact will depend more on what you are going to do with your packaging than on the choice of cardboard or plastic. To adopt an ecological behavior is to make sure that the materials used will be reused or recycled. In other words, if you used boxes, give them away or drop them off in reprocessing centers; if you have opted for plastic packaging, keep them as storage boxes in your future home or return them to the manufacturer. Avoid using disposable plastic packaging (garbage bags).

In conclusion, if you want to save time during your move, opt for plastic crates; if you want to save money, choose cardboard boxes.

how to prepare international move

How to prepare your international move?

As the move approaches attention to the panic crisis, everything is accelerating and you do not have time for much. Get ready to have plenty to manage at the same time.

Stand ready before the move

Once the movers on the landing of your door and the truck in front of your house more choices possible, you must be ready for the big departure. Write down everything you think is essential before leaving so that you do not forget anything.

Do not leave without leaving an address

If your change of address is already done it is already a good thing, but remember to warn all your relatives who will probably need your address to land unexpectedly in your new home.

Ride, get off, load his moving boxes

It is of course possible to make several trips between the truck and the house but reserving a place for the truck in front of the entrance is a much better solution. Try to get signposts if needed, it is not sure that your friend who came to help you in your move enjoys securing the place all day. Reserve a place if needed. Hopefully you have a lift, tell the concierge of the move, or put a note in the mailboxes of your new neighbors.

Cash … do not move without!

Your friends have come in large numbers to help thank you for ordering a meal, it is always better to have some money on it, especially if you can not miss some money can help!

Limit the risks of a painful move

A move is not without risk for the body especially if you are not used to carrying heavy loads. Watch out for fatigue that can also make you hurt faster. Learn about the actions and postures to follow in order to minimize the risk of injury.


After your international move - Refocus on your home

You are separated from your spouse, you are experiencing financial problems or you have lost a loved one, so many reasons you do not like to move. It is reluctantly, but this is not the time to falter and you must look to the future by trying to accept what you are forced.

A beautiful nest, brand new after your move

Since you have to rebuild a new environment, as much as it looks like you. Ask me for changes you would have liked to your old home and see the positive side: now it is possible! Layout your space, decorate it, and if you are allowed, paint a little to brighten the walls.

Move to be at home again

The move was not a choice, you go through a phase that pushes you to install in a smaller dwelling and you will be forced to sort through your objects. List those that are essential to you and that is the furniture that leads you to an environment that will make you feel good at home.

Rethink your home

The atmosphere will certainly be the same as in your previous home, but do not try to recompose for the same living space: move the furniture, frames, mirrors and indulge yourself by creating a new room from scratch comfortable and soothing environment.

Manage the post-move period

You are going through a real ordeal and there is no harm in needing to be able to feel better and change for ideas: talk about your moods but also have a good time and you get out of your head your sad thoughts. If you prefer to choose where you live, prefer to stay close to people you love. If this is not the case, you need to plan a few visits and put on an apron to treat your loved ones in your new nest.

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