Tips for moving house yourself

Thinking about hiring your own moving truck and doing it all yourself? Here are some tips to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

If you are moving interstate or a new city, use a hire company that allows you to drop the truck off at the new locations local depot.

Hire the right sized truck. To find out volume of your house contents (furniture) measure the length, width and height of your combined furnishings (beds, sofas, fridge etc) to find out the cubic meter.
length X width X height = cubic meter (m3)

Check with your insurance company about protecting your contents while moving and in transit.

Check whether or not you may need a truck licence for the sized truck you need.

Get yourself some professional packing boxes. This will help with packing them into the truck as they will all be the same size, which makes for easy packing with no spaces due to uneven sized boxes.

Position the truck with its loading door as close to the property as possible.

Load appliances like fridges and washing machines first; then furniture; then smaller items and boxes last. Beds and tables can be put sideways along the side of the truck. Fill in any gaps with odd shaped items. Make sure you tie down larger items as well as items such as mirrors. Pack as tightly as possible to avoid things shifting while in transit. Always take care when you open the door at the other end if shifting has occurred, items may topple out.

Now that the truck is packed and you're ready to go, check the holding doors are correctly closed and locked. Check tyres etc. Just like a car, adjust your seat and mirrors. Always wear your seatbelt.

Trucks are much larger and longer than cars. This means they take longer to stop so keep your speed in check and keep plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Trucks have a wider turning radius so take it slow and easy around corners. Keep an eye on height restrictions at petrol stations, motels or anywhere else you may stop. Also watch out for low hanging power lines or tree branches. Get someone to guide you if need be.

Also take care at intersections. Trucks take longer to accelerate so always give your self that extra space and time to pull out.

Trucks are known to have blind spots so always take extra care and check those blind spots before turning or changing lanes.

Arrive safely at your new home. Remember to be care while opening the cargo doors in case any shifting of items has occurred.