Millions of Americans are on the move, and if you’re one of them, you need to know how to move effectively. It’s best to rope in friends and family to help you out, but that isn’t always possible: sometimes you’ll need to move on your own.

So, if you’re moving alone, what should you do? How can you make the process as smooth as possible and avoid hurting yourself?

In this guide, we’ll show you how you can make moving somewhere new by yourself a lot easier. Are you ready to learn more? Then read on!


  1. Plan Your Move Thoroughly

Moving to a new city is always going to be a stressful process, but moving by yourself can be even more stressful. This is why planning your move at a granular detail is absolutely essential. Here are two key factors you need to think about.

What You’re Going to Take

Moving is always an opportunity to get rid of junk, and when you’re moving alone, getting rid of clutter can make the whole process easier. Think about the essentials, any sentimental items, and anything else that you can’t bear to part with.

If you can, you may want to get rid of quite a lot of stuff when moving alone, especially if you’re moving to a furnished apartment.

How Much Can You Afford to Spend?

When moving, costs can spiral. You should set yourself a strict budget that you’ll stick to. This will also determine how you’re going to move.

If you’ve got a solid budget, you can afford to hire professional movers, for instance!

  1. Know What You Can’t Move

Trying to move large and heavy items of furniture by yourself is a good way to hurt yourself. If you’ve got to move items like sofas, fridges, or large cabinets, you need to get someone to help you: there’s no way around it.

In general, you should avoid trying to lift items that are larger than the height or width of your body.

If you can’t afford to hire someone to help you, or would rather not, you can see whether you could rent lifting tools that will help you, such as dollies or sliders.

  1. Get the Right Transport

When you’re moving by yourself, it’s tempting to use your own car to keep costs as low as possible. However, this probably isn’t the wisest move. Even if you don’t want to hire a van or a truck, you should consider renting a trailer, as this will mean fewer trips to your new home.

If you take fewer trips, you may be able to keep fuel costs down, too.

Moving Alone Is Scary but Not Impossible

Moving alone is definitely an intimidating prospect for most people. However, it’s far from impossible. Use our tips, be sensible, stay safe, and you’ll be moved in no time at all!

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