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How to Move Yourself Successfully

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So you have decided to move yourself, you are not going to hire local Dallas movers, you are going to do the full move yourself from packing to loading, to driving and unloading. Where should you begin, do you need to plan or just jump right into it? The more you plan, the easier and faster the move will be and here are the steps to follow:

1) The first step is to pack your items and get them ready to move. Packing and organizing will save you time and will prevent damages of the items. You are going to need boxes, tape, packing paper/bubble wrap and moving straps. You will also need moving pads to protect the furniture. Pack all loose items into boxes; be sure to use heavy duty boxes when packing glass. Do not pack glass in lightweight boxes. Label all fragile boxes as such and stack the fragile boxes on top of regular packed boxes. Mark the name of the room on the box for easier unloading.
2) Assuming you don't own your own moving truck, you will need to rent a truck, make sure you rent the right size truck. You don't want to run out of space, usually a 1 to 2 bedroom apt can fit on a 16 foot truck, a 3 bedroom on a 24 foot truck, and a 4 bedroom on a 26 foot truck. Make sure the truck has either a lift gate or a ramp.
3) Moving Equipment: You will need pads to protect the furniture, hand trucks and dollies as well as straps to secure the load inside the truck.
4) On moving day, hopefully you have everything packed and ready to go. Protect all your furniture with moving pads, secure the dresser drawers shut and remove all shelving from any bookcases or entertainment centers. Now you are ready to load. First you will want to load all heavy items and use them as a base for lighter items. For example, stand a dresser on its legs and on top you can load heavy boxes. On top of the heavy boxes you can load light boxes/breakables or chairs. Fill small openings with small items. Try to keep load lined up straight against the walls of the truck. Stack mattresses close to the load and use your moving straps to secure everything in.
5) While driving, try to avoid rough road and pot holes. Take your turns slowly and remember it takes longer to stop a truck then a car. After 10-15 miles stop and take a look inside the truck to make sure that is not movement. The more secure the load, the less of a chance there will be for damages.
6) Unloading should be faster and easier then loading. The first items to unload are the lighter ones that were loaded on top of the boxes. Try to avoid placing them on spaces that you will need to set up the furniture, such as beds and dressers. Avoid removing the pads of your items in the truck, move the item in the house and then remove the pads to avoid last minute scratches. Hope this helps and thank you for reading.

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