An astounding percent of you who will move and change residences will be to some extent do-it-yourself movers. By doing it yourself, authoritative estimates are that you frequently will save between 50 to 75 percent of the cost of a van line operation.
Just renting the equipment – whether it be a trailer as small as 102 cubic feet or as large as 378 cubic feet, whether the carrier has space for just a few of your personal belongings or can transport up to 12 rooms of furniture – is merely the beginning. If you are to get the maximum in savings, are to make sure your household belongings are safe and secure, you must learn how to move and scrupulously obey the basic rules for do-it-yourself movers.
1. Plan well ahead for moving and select the equipment you have agreed you will need well before moving day. You can get an easy-to-use chart from a local dealer.
2. Total the number of items you’ll be moving and determine the cubic feet of space to be occupied by each piece. The moving guide list will help give you most cubic measurements you need.
3. To determine cubic feet for pieces you need to move, which are not listed, multiply length of the item times width times depth.
4. Add cubic feet figures to find subtotals to determine “total cubic feet” so you know the size of the vehicle you need to relocate and move the contents of various rooms. After that, simply match the proper equipment loading capacity with your total cubic feet and thus decide the right size van or trailer to use for your relocation.
5. Washing machines must be secured so that spring-mounted motors do not vibrate. The tub should be braced with padded blocks between it and side wall. You also can use heavy fabrics for this.
6. On your stove, pack loose pieces, secure burners, elements and trays with appropriate tape.
7. Dry and air your refrigerator and freezer completely. Remove shelves and trays. If you have an older model, it will need bracing with blocks of wood wedged between motor and sides. If your refrigerator must be placed flat in order to relocate, check your local dealer to make sure the model can be put in a prone position. Use the insides of all large appliances for storing small items.
8. For packing books, using special book cartons and strong tapes will make the moving and storing even easier.
9. Remove the drawers from desks, chests of drawers, etc., for loading and unloading. Replace after your chests and desks are aboard the van or trailer. It’s wise to pack drawers full – making sure that breakables are well-protected. Face units against the van or trailer wall, or flat surface such as mattresses to prevent drawers from opening.
10. To move dishes, pack all kinds of dishes in superstrong cartons specially designed for this. Nest cups and bowls. Stand plates, saucers and platters on edge. Stuff dish towels into remaining air spaces to insure safe packing and moving.
11. When possible, remove table legs from tables, lamps, etc. If not possible, load tables on top surfaces, legs up, and try to protect finish with blankets and paddine. Wrap large lamp bases individually in furniture pads. Do not use newspapers, ink may smudge.
12. Protect mirrors and pictures in special cartons. Cardboard can be cut to order and tape used for protection.
13. Whenever you move, make sure you discard flammables in advance for safety.
14. Load a van or trailer, one quarter at a time, top to bottom. Tie it down, then start on a new section. Load heavy items first; 60 percent of cargo weight should ride in trailer’s front half.
On rates, the basic one-way rental rate covers the use of the equipment for a specified number of days to a designated city. On truck rentals, specified totals of miles are allowed; extra miles are charged at a flat rate per mile. There are no hidden charges. Sure, it’s a relocation adventure, and probably fun, too. But tally up the savings – and the experience takes on much bigger significance.