A Guide to Hassle-Free Manual Moving!

There are instances when one doesn’t really need to hire the services of a moving company. When the distance to be covered isn’t that great and there are only a few things to be transported, a homeowner could just opt to do the moving task by himself. Of course, it is not something a homeowner does every day and so doing it right the first time is crucial. Fortunately, hassle-free manual moving could be simplified and done with great efficiency.

A homeowner who is aiming to do this manual move should of course have the right tools and materials. Fortunately, these items aren’t hard to find. These should include packing boxes, materials for wrapping of items (e.g. old newspaper, bubble wrap, Styrofoam “peanuts”), adhesive tape, and marker pens. Lastly, one should have a means of transporting items to be packed. This can either be a car or a moving van depending on the amount and weight of the items to be transported.

When loading items onto the vehicle, the heaviest and biggest items should be loaded before everything else. Make sure that there are slip/protective pads on the floor of the vehicle. Items should be tied in place using rope when they seem to be stable enough. There would be open spaces between each item and these could be filled up by the smaller items which will be loaded last. Additionally, the most valuable items should be loaded last.

When all the items have been loaded, the process of transport should be considered. Check that all gauges and parts of the vehicle are functioning properly. Filling up the gas tank is recommended even if the distance to be covered is short.

While on the road, the planned route should be followed as strictly as possible. Since the vehicle is carrying a lot of weight, turning, passing of other vehicles, accelerating, and braking should all be done with utmost care. Signaling at every turn should never be forgotten.

Upon arrival at the destination, unloading should be done by taking out the lightest and most valuable items first. You are basically doing the loading process in reverse as the last items you loaded onto the vehicle will be the first to be unloaded. The vehicle should be as close to the garage door/building entrance as possible when being unloaded to minimize the possibility of damage to the items in case of inclement weather (e.g. rain, extreme heat) or any other mishaps.

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