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Regardless of whether or not you are moving on your own or with loved ones, a move may often be accomplished solo. When moving on your lonesome, follow these tips to make your move a smooth and hopefully less difficult task.

Common reasons for moving alone

Not all moves are alike, and neither are the reasons behind moving alone. Here are just a few that may result in you completing your move by yourself:
  • You are moving to a new area where you don't have friends or family
  • Your family is too young or too elderly to help with the move
  • Getting a team of movers is out of your price range
  • The move is international and it would be too much of a headache to have loved ones assist

Hire professional movers

The best advice we can give you when being forced to move on your own is to hire professionals. Not only will they be able to assist in difficult two person jobs, they can get the job done quickly and efficiently, allowing you to relocate in a more timely and less stressful manner.

To hire a moving company to complete the arduous moving process for you, simply fill out our fast and free quote form to get started receiving no-cost estimates.

Box and move correctly

One of the easiest ways to injure yourself while moving alone is not having the proper equipment and overloading your boxes. Sure, less boxes mean less room used in a vehicle or moving truck, but if you injure yourself trying to move overweight boxes, it defeats the purpose.
  • Keep boxes full but manageable for transporting, especially when sans moving help
  • Have moving straps, gloves and dollies on hand to assist in moving large or difficult to carry items
  • Follow proper moving techniques to avoid injuries to your back
  • Hire moving labour help to assist in packing and moving your items--particularly items that require two people

Put safety first

Keep yourself and your belongings free of harm or damage by abiding by the following moving safety tips.
  • Move during the day to protect yourself and your belongings from damage
  • Protect your valuables--including your identity--from theft by storing pertinent documents and valuables out of sight
  • Dress properly in moving-appropriate clothing and accessories
    • Go for clothes that are both functional and comfortable--pockets go a long way
    • Dress yourself in weather-appropriate clothing
    • Wear sturdy shoes with closed toes and clean, white socks
  • Have a first aid kit available in case of injury
  • Take breaks to rest your body, also use this time to stay hydrated and keep your energy up with snacks

Plan in advance

Don't leave important details to the last minute, especially when moving solo.
  • Service all vehicles before heading to your new location
    • Be sure all modes of transportation are stocked with emergency kits and fluids
  • Plan a driving route in advance when in unfamiliar territory
    • Be on the lookout for roads with weight limits and height/clearance restrictions
  • Avoid driving at night--not only is it safer to drive during the day, but it helps to be awake and alert while navigating to your new home
  • Pack a first night survival kit for the initial evening in your new abode

Shut your doors while moving

Most importantly, keep all doors (both in your home, car and/or moving truck) shut and locked during the moving process. It may seem like a pain, but it's the best way to keep your belongings safe as you transport items from and to your vehicle and out of your old home and into your new one.

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on December 2, 2014 - Moving Expert
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