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Moving can be a daunting task—especially when you decide to undertake it on your own, rather than engage a professional moving company to assist you. Whether because of financial concerns, being independent-minded, or because that’s the way they’ve always done things, many people choose to do it themselves every year. Here are a few things that can go wrong when you decide to go it alone.

First—and this is not exclusive to do-it-yourselfers—is not giving yourself a clean slate to start from. Your current home is packed with clutter—do you really need to take all of it along to your new destination? Start purging yourself now of clothes that don’t fit, tools you don’t use, and books you will never read again.

The second mistake you might make is underestimating the time it will take you to get packed and moved. This is no easy undertaking, and what should have been a few minutes of putting your spare bedroom into boxes can end up turning into multiple days of arm-wrestling with packing tape and heavy furniture.

Lastly, make sure you give yourself enough room to transport everything. You might be able to clear out a studio apartment in your hatchback, but emptying a large house or apartment is going to take a whole lot more room than you think it will. Go check a cubic volume estimator site and get a better idea of how much stuff you are actually likely to be taking along. Nothing is worse than trying to upsize your trailer or van on moving day!

GreenLight Movers stand ready to help you through every step of your move. If it feels a little too big for you after all, call us and get some assistance with the next big move!