Moving Without A Truck: How to Easily and Effectively Move Your Belongings
If you’re in the process of moving, and don’t have a truck or any friends with trucks, you’re probably feeling a bit frustrated. Renting a truck can be expensive. So how are you supposed to move all your belongings without any help? Don’t worry – our expert movers at Déménagement Total have got you covered! In this article, we will discuss some tips and tricks for moving without a truck, no matter where you are moving to!
Downsize Your Lifestyle
If you’re moving to a new home or apartment, the first thing you need to do is get rid of any unnecessary items. Do you really need that old couch that’s been taking up space in your living room for years? How about those boxes of clothes that you never wear? Getting rid of these items will not only make your move easier, but you will also be downsizing the number of things that will need to be moved. This is super important if you are moving without a truck.
The best way to get rid of old items is to make 3 piles in each room. A recycle pile, a garbage pile, and a sell pile. Do this room by room, by the end of the process you should have things to donate, things to trash, and hopefully things you can sell, too!
Tighten Up Your Packing Game
The next step when moving without a truck is to start packing up your belongings. If you still have a lot of things, it might be a good idea to rent a storage unit. This way, you can pack up your things in an organized manner and not have to worry about moving them to your new place. A reputable moving company like Déménagement Total, have their own storage units. They can pick up your items and store them for you for as long as you need.
When it comes to actually packing up your things, try to utilize space in boxes as much as possible. While keeping boxes under 50lbs, try to fit as much as you can leaving as little room in each box. Mix things up to lighten the load. For example, a box full of just books will be super heavy as compared to a box with a few books and few other knickknacks and items from your office or bedroom.
Moving without a truck forces you to get creative. Use garbage or recycle bags to hold clothing, bedding, towels, and soft toys. Bags are easy to squish in the back of a car and you can get more bags than boxes in one trip to your new place.
If you have a lot of heavy furniture, it’s a good idea to disassemble them before the move. This will make it much easier to move them. Wrap each piece with blankets or towels as this will also protect them from getting damaged. Since you don’t have a truck, taking apart furniture into smaller pieces means you can get these items into a van or car and transport them to your new home in a few trips. Then you can then reassemble your furniture once you’re settled into your new home.
Recruit Friends to Help
Moving without a truck doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If you have a few friends with cars of their own, you can organize a moving party. Have all your boxes and bags and furniture disassembled first. Invite them over for a set time, and then get people to help load their cars with your belongings. Depending on how many friends can help and how many things you need moved, you could get the entire job done in only a few trips back and forth. Rewarding your friends with pizza is always a great way to thank them, and it’s a lot cheaper than renting a truck!
Price Out Your Options
If your move is a bit too much for a few friends to handle, you may decide that hiring a moving company is the way to go. When downsizing your lifestyle, you can choose to sell some of your items, maybe making a bit of money that can go towards hiring some help with your move.
Renting a truck or hiring a moving company with two movers can be more affordable than you may think. Not only will the process of moving be less of a headache, but you can also guarantee that your items will be handled with care, and you won’t have to replace anything when you finally get settled in your new place.
Your friends may have good intentions, but they are not professional movers and oftentimes your belongings will get damaged during a move with friends helping. This is not to say they aren’t great friends; they are just not experienced in the proper moving techniques that professional movers are specially trained in. Hiring professional movers may cost money upfront but can save you in the long run.
Another way to save some money when moving with professional movers is to move during off-season (Sept-April) or during the week. You may be pleasantly surprised to see how much a move can cost if you move on a Tuesday or Wednesday rather than during the busy weekends.
Moving doesn’t have to be overly expensive if you play your cards right.
Weight Out Your Options
Moving without a truck can be a hassle, no matter how you do it. But there are some definite pros to using a car instead of other methods of transport. For one thing, if you don’t mind making several trips, you can be sure your valuables are always in your possession, limiting the worry of them getting lost or misplaced. Another advantage of using a car is that you can take your time packing and unpacking. With most other methods of travel, you’re limited by the amount of time you have to get everything done. But with a car, you can pack at your own pace and make sure that everything is securely fastened before you hit the road.
Hiring professional movers has its advantages too. First of all, these professional movers are experts in moving and know how to handle all of your items. You don’t have to worry about things being damaged. You don’t have to do all the heavy lifting yourself so you can focus on all the other things associated with moving. Most importantly, hiring professional movers offers you peace of mind, which can be a priceless feeling when going through a stressful move.
The Bottom Line
Only you know which option will be right for you and your budget. Moving without a truck presents some challenges, but if you are organized enough to do it all yourself, it could be the right option for you. Moving without a truck doesn’t mean you can’t have a good experience moving. Don’t discredit professional movers like the ones at Déménagement Total, as a viable option. Before making a decision, give us a call or click on the link below to get a free quote and discover the different options that are available to you.