A moving truck operated by Piedmont Moving Sys...

A moving truck operated by Piedmont Moving Systems, an agent for Mayflower Transit based in San Jose, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moving is stressful and costly but there are ways to save money without the expense of hiring professional movers. One of the best moving tips is to plan as much and as early as possible before the moving date.

Nonprofessional movers have many options of rental truck sizes and types, moving and packing supplies, dollies or hand trucks, and other moving aides. Most trucks are equipped with labor saving devices such as lifts and pullout ramps for ease of loading items on and off the moving truck.

Research and Information

Do-it-yourself movers can get excellent moving tips and information from the rental facility. Also, rent the proper truck size because it will cut down on extra trips, keep rental mileage manageable, and save time. Do not be afraid to ask personnel about the moving process, advice on purchasing packing materials, and any additional tips on moving that will save time and money. These individuals have years of experience and willing to share their knowledge. Often, there are discounts for organizations or companies, promotions, specials, and cheaper truck rental rates on certain days of the week. Sometimes the only way to receive special pricing is to ask.


First, make up a moving schedule and leave plenty of time to pack each room. Plan to start in one room and pack a little each day until it is completed-then proceed to the next room. Purchase boxes and packing material at least two to four weeks in advance. On the day of the move, make sure utilities are on at the new residence and there is extra cash on hand for any surprises. Let family and friends take care of children and pets while parents and pet owners focus on the move.

Types of Boxes

Purchase the right size and type for specific household items. For example, there are specialty boxes for fragile items like dishes and flat screen televisions. Give a description of household items to rental personnel in order to get the right boxes. When purchasing boxes, get extras because most rental facilities will buy back unused boxes. Additionally, make sure to purchase the proper packing material such as peanuts, packing paper, and other packing items.


Place peanuts or packing material on the bottom of the box and put like items together. Put heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Do not under pack a box because it could collapse under pressure and an over packed box could rupture. Cover the box’s contents with more peanuts and seal. Packed boxes should not weigh more than 30 pounds.

Household items arriving at the new destination unbroken will save money because there are no replacement costs. Packing and properly loading a truck are two important moving tips for do-it-yourself movers. To avoid any confusion, label each box with its contents and room destination.

Fragile Items

These moving tips make sure the transport of glasses, dishes and other fragile items do not break during the move. Carefully wrap each item with moving paper or specially designed products for this purpose. When packing dishes, it is a good idea to use nonprinted paper because the print from newspapers could transfer the ink. Purchase boxes and containers specifically made to safely move fragile household items.

Large Appliances

Refrigerators, washers, and dryers are heavy and awkward to move using a dolly, but renting the right equipment and using it properly will reduce the chance of injury. Although the other moving tips are important, this one helps prevent injury to a mover’s back.

Loading the Truck

Of all the moving tips, getting all the packed household items to their new destination is the most crucial because a tightly packed and evenly distributed truck ensures items sustain less damage. Use furniture pads like the professionals in order to protect irregularly shaped furniture and household items. Start each row along the truck’s walls with the heaviest boxes and stack up until each row reaches the ceiling. Not all items are the same size or shape and furniture pads will fill in and level each tier of boxes.

Following these moving tips will help do-it-yourself movers save money and experience minimal stress.