The last time I moved was thirty years ago. I don’t remember there being that much “stuff.” It probably hasn’t helped that I’m not moving myself…I’m helping move a relative. A relative who has a lot of “stuff.”
Hand Trucks and Bungee Cords: These are going to be one of your best investments. A hand truck (sometimes referred to as a dolly) can help you move heavy items with little effort. However, the bungee cords will help you make sure said heavy items actually stay on the truck, especially if stairs are involved.
Bins vs. Grocery Store Cardboard Boxes: Bins are your friends. The bottom does not give out under your delicate china. If it’s raining, bins both protect your belongings and doesn’t melt into uselessness. Get the kind you can label, or buy labels. Magic marker doesn’t work very well on plastic.
Two Person Carry: This is another useful thing about bins. If someone else is there and the bin is heavy, two people can carry it. If you’ve overloaded the bin, that can come in handy.
To Brace or not to Brace: If you have back problems, check with your doctor about the advisability of a back brace. I found that I can do more with less pain if I am wearing mine.
When to Call the Movers: There are things that require professionals. There are also things that are far too heavy for even two people who aren’t professional movers to lift. Most of the furniture was moved by professionals, both to protect it and us. If your furniture is lightweight or you don’t care if it gets damaged, you may not need them…but I do recommend them.
Junk King: There are other organizations around the country, and they are a very, *very* valuable company. There was a lot of stuff that we didn’t want. Some of it was very heavy and very unwieldy. It would have taken at least four trips to the dump to get rid of it. It would have taken at least one day, plus gas and the wear and tear of going to a dump in a pickup. It took them less than an hour to clear it. The cost was worth it.
This hasn’t been an easy process, but once we learned the value of the above lessons, it didn’t cause anywhere near the pain. Hopefully our experiences will help make your move minus the “ouch” factor.