Hats off to all the avid do-it-yourselfers out there. It takes a lot of determination to handle a relocation on your own, so it’s a good idea that you are looking for professional moving tips. Below are some things you can do to make your next DIY move a little simpler and safer. 

Tip 1: Get Started Sooner Rather Than Later

Being rushed is one of the biggest stressors when moving. Thankfully, this is easy enough to avoid in most cases. Unless your move is unexpected, you should have plenty of time to get an early start. The sooner, the better. Here are some things you can do well before your moving day that will make things go a lot quicker and smoother:

  • Take an inventory of your belongings and decide what stays and what goes.
  • Decide what you will do with the items that are not going with you. 
  • Put in a change of address at the post office.
  • Arrange to have your utilities switched over as needed. 
  • Learn as much as you can about your new community. 

Tip 2: Use the Right Packing Materials

Sure, you can use some of those old boxes you have been saving but investing in quality packing materials is a good idea—especially when you plan to pack delicate and high-value items. Here is a basic list of packing materials that you will need to get started:

  • Durable Cardboard Boxes in Multiple Sizes
  • Packing Paper
  • Bubble Roll
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Moving Blankets 
  • Packaging Tape
  • Labels or a Permanent Marker

Tip 3: How to Pack Small, Fragile Items

When packing small and fragile items, take proper steps to ensure that your belongings are less likely to become damaged during the move. First, use a cardboard box that is suited to the size of the item you are packing. Line the box with packing paper. 

Next, wrap each individual item in packing paper or bubble roll. Fill any open spaces with packing paper, like the inside of a coffee mug, for example. Place the items into the box and fill any space between multiple items with packing paper to prevent jostling during the move. Label the box as “fragile” with a brief description of what is inside the box. 

Tip 4: How to Pack Large, Fragile Items

If you are moving large items like furniture, mirrors, and artwork, you will need to use large moving pads or moving blankets. Wrap the item in a moving blanket to help prevent scuffing during the move. You can also wrap upholstered furniture in plastic wrap to hold pieces together and keep the furniture clean. 

Tip 5: Know When It’s Time to Hire Professionals

Some items are easy to move and others are extremely challenging. If you are unsure about your ability to safely relocate heavy items, fragile items, or items of high value, it might be best to hire professionals. You might pay more upfront, but you will save a ton of time and hassle at the very least. You can also save a lot of money when compared to the damage and loss caused by a risky DIY relocation. 

For local moving services that you can count on, turn to St. Pete Moving and Storage. Our full-service movers provide expert packing, loading, delivery and more. Contact us today if you’re interested in a free quote or get more moving tips from one of our relocation specialists!