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Self-Moving Advice & Tips

If you have any questions or would like more information about moving by yourself please Contact Me.

Self Moving TipsIf you’re a bit strapped for cash or if you don’t have too many belongings, moving by yourself – and not with the assistance of a moving company – can be a practical option. You’ll save money, work out those guns of yours and probably be able get some free help from your friends and family. But this doesn’t mean it’s easy; self-moving requires a lot of work and effort. If you prepare and plan well ahead before your move-in date, you should have no issue with your self-moving experience.

 

Are you prepared?

Firstly, you need to make sure you’re in suitable condition to move. If you’re sick, injured or just too weak to pull off a moving job, then you shouldn’t be moving by yourself. Therefore, you should contact a moving company. If you’ve had severe injuries in the past, such as back injuries, you should most likely avoid self-moving in case the injuries re-surface. Also, check your insurance to see if you’re covered for accidents, injuries and damage to your goods if you self-move.

If you’re in good shape, then start planning your move. It is highly recommended that you acquire the assistance of friends or family – you don’t want to be lifting all those heavy boxes by yourself. Make sure they are in good physical form to help you out. But don’t forget to reward them with some pizza and cold beverages; you want them to still talk to you, right?

Now, start planning for your move. Make sure you have arrangements for your move-in day at least two to three weeks in advance. As well, as time narrows down to move-in day, compile a list to keep you organized while packing. Head down to the local store and get the materials that you’ll need: boxes, tape, box cutters, permanent markers, work gloves, plastic wrap and Styrofoam peanuts.

 

Just Keep Truckin’ Along

Most likely, you’ll have to rent a truck from a rental truck company. They have trucks that vary in size, so even if you don’t have a lot of possessions or smaller pieces of furniture, you can still rent a relatively small truck or van. But if you do rent a truck, make sure you have the required license to drive one. Most of the time you’ll be able to get away with your regular driver’s license if you rent a smaller truck, but you may be required to get a special one if the truck is larger.

Once you get your truck, make sure you load all you possessions properly into the truck. Start with heavy furniture at the back of the truck and heavier boxes at the bottom. Load lighter items on top of heavier items. Use plastic wrap and rope for any items that may topple or need extra sturdiness. Make sure you pack important documents and items last, or carry them in a different vehicle, not the truck. And don’t forget to lock it too!

If you have never driven a truck before, then you may want to practice. Remember, these are much larger than your car and they move a lot differently. Here are a few tips for driving, loading and unloading a truck:

  • Moving By YourselfDrive with caution: Especially when you have all your belongings packed in the back, trucks won’t go too fast – so don’t push it. Drive at or slightly below the speed limit and try and avoid driving in the far left lanes if you’re on the highway. Patiently take turns and when approaching a stop begin to break earlier than usual. Keep an eye out for smaller vehicles and pedestrians.

  • Backing up: Try and avoid backing up as much as you can, but if you need to, get someone to help direct you from the outside. Use the side view mirrors and take your time when executing the back-up.

  • Don’t exert yourself: If you’re driving long distances, try not to drive more than 6-8 hours at once. Allow some time for rest. When unloading the truck, make sure you lift with your knees and not your back. As well, maybe rent a trolley or hand jack to easier maneuver boxes around. Drink lots of water.

If you don’t trust yourself driving a truck or don’t want to, you can always hire a self-moving company. Essentially what these companies do is drive the truck for you, but you’ll have to pack, load and unload the truck. You do all the moving, they do all the driving. Self-moving can be difficult, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can save lots of money if you’re prepared and have the right amount of help. If you keep focused, energized and positive, your moving experience will be less stressful and easier to handle, Contact Me to get some help with your moving plan.

 

  

 

 

 

MAX ORTOLI, Sales Representative

Prior to joining Homelife/Romano Realty Ltd., Brokerage, Max was a telecom analyst from 1993-2007 with Fortune 500 Companies, Invesco and PWC.

In 2007 Max began his full time real estate career. His goal is to add value and an enriching experience for both himself and his clients when buying or selling Real Estate. Having bought and sold several investment properties, Max has first-hand knowledge on the dynamics of working with investment properties as well as the intricacies of renovating homes. Max looks to serve clients with unsurpassed professionalism; as a result he has received a Certificate of Achievement award annually for his accomplishments. These awards exemplify Max’s strong personal commitment to Knowledge, Respect and Results for his clients and his career.

 

 

NIKKI LOBELLO, Sales Representative

Nikki Lobello received a Double Honours Bachelor Degree in French and Italian Studies from York University in 1999.

Prior to joining Homelife/Romano Realty Ltd., Brokerage, Nikki worked in the structured environment of the financial industry for 8 years. Having worked in the customer service sector her poise and perseverance left a lasting impression on those who worked with her and supervised her.

Nikki’s professionalism, warmth and approachability have made her an award winning Real Estate Salesperson. Her motivation and determination to succeed in this field have garnered her and her client’s successful results. Continuously seeking to improve her knowledge and skills, Nikki has completed the HomeLife University Education and Marketing Course and the SRES Designation (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). Her ability to connect, understand and surpass her client’s needs and expectations is an invaluable asset for all her clients.

 

 

GIANCARLO RANDAZZO, Sales Representative

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with designations in Applied and Practical Ethics with an emphasis on business transactions in concert with a wealth of experience in customer and client-oriented services in the construction, hospitality, academic, and financial sectors, Giancarlo is committed and passionate about sustaining open and transparent relationships with an attention to detail in order to help others be more successful in navigating the real estate industry.

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