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When you consider the cost of a long distance move with a professional moving company, you will discover that DIY movement has an advantage of saving you a substantial amount of money, especially for a long-distance move. You will spend less when moving by yourself. There are lots of options for DIY moving. The choice ranges from moving containers and truck rentals to moving equipment rentals and labor-only professionals. Getting all you need for your DIY move is easy. Here are some tips that you need to know for a successful DIY move:

Timeline and Plan 

One of the advantages of DIY moving is that you can move based on your schedule. It is, therefore, your responsibility to plan and coordinate your move. You need to create a timeline for yourself to ensure a stress-free and successful DIY move. Your planning will include deciding on the exact date and time of your movement as well as all stages of the moving process. 

Moving Container or Moving Truck Rental

If you are not using your car to move, you have to decide on which one to go for, whether a moving truck rental or moving container. Truck rentals are relatively cheaper; they give you total control over your schedule. A moving container is also a more comfortable option to consider but cost a little more than moving truck rentals. When you rent a moving vessel, your only duty is to load and off-load the container. The moving container will be responsible for transportation, giving you the privilege to concentrate on crucial aspects of the move.

Professional Moving Labor 

You are going to need assistance especially during the loading and offloading of your things. If your family and friend are not around to help, you can employ the services of labor-only movers. They will help with the heavy lifting and any other demanding task associated with the moving.

Proper Packing Supplies 

You need the right packing supplying to protect your household belongings from getting damaged. Look for the right moving box that will protect your things when moving. Consider using specific boxes like telescopic boxes, wardrobe boxes, corrugated boxes, plastic bins, and banker’s boxes. 

An Essential Bag 

Get an essential bag a day before moving to keep everything you are going to need on the first day you get to your new home. The kit should contain household supplies like trash bags, paper rolls, bath towel, light bulbs, plastics, cups, cleaning supplies, plates, and many more.

Are you planning to embark on a DIY move? Do not be discouraged; follow the tips given above for a stress-free, cheap, and successful transition to your new home.


If you are planning for a move, hiring a truck is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, trucks are not the only means to transport your belongings. Have you ever heard of a Moving Container? A Moving container is a portable and durable storage unit that you can use to carry your stuff to your new home if it is located in another city or across the country.

When it comes to moving containers, one company that unarguably holds the position as the founder is PODS, but other companies have joined the field as well such as U-Haul and Mayflower. Renting a moving container from these companies is a cost-efficient and safe way to move your belongings to your home. However, if it is your first time, here are some specific things you need to know before renting a moving container.

How does it work?

Hiring a moving container is straightforward. The first thing that you will want to do is choose whether you want to store, move or do both with your stuff. After that, you will have to decide whether the container at the company's storage center or your location. 

What is the cost?

For moving the cost depends on the size, distance, and duration of the container. In terms of storage, you will have the option to store the container on your lawn or at their storage location. However, the cost depends on the duration and the size of the container used.

What are their container sizes?

Containers have several sizes such as the 7-foot container, 12-foot container, and 16-foot container.

What happens if the unit gets damaged on your property?

If the container gets damaged while parked at your home, in most cases you will be responsible to foot the bill for the repair.

What happens if a storage container sits on my driveway for a long time?

When a container remains at your home for an extended period, obviously you will pay more. Apart from that, pests such as ants and other insects might invade the storage container if not closed tightly. 

Will the container affect the grass on my lawn?

Yes, parking a container on your lawn for an extended period will deprive it of sunlight thus damaging your landscaping.

Renting a moving container is a great idea when moving cross country; however, a moving container is a two-sided coin so before you rent one, make sure you need it.


Picking up a few DIY skills is vital to both new and old homeowners. It is hard enough that you have to spend money taking care of the family and a few other things that you can't possibly fix. Why waste some more on problems you can resolve in a few hours. True, some home projects are better left to the pros. It is also true that some projects remain best handled by homeowners. Save yourself the cost of hiring a pro and fix those little problems before they escalate into something big. 

Here are a few quick and easy DIY projects you can handle.

Adjusting the Temperature of Your Water heater

Every home has a maximum temperature for their water heater. Although most homes go with 120 degrees, some homeowners prefer a lower max temperature. Whatever be the case, adjusting the temperature of your water heater is a simple project to take on. You don’t necessarily need a pro to adjust your water heater. You can look up the steps online and have it done in a few minutes. Don’t sweat it.

Maintaining Your Gutter System

The gutter system is an indispensable component of every home. For starters, it saves you from health issues arising from living in a house surrounded by stagnant water. It helps preserve your wall and siding. Also, it ensures your precious lawn doesn't erode when rain falls. Therefore, it is advisable to take the maintenance of your gutter system seriously. A clogged gutter is just as bad as not having one. Fortunately, there are several helpful articles on how best to main your gutter system on the web. Do your homework and get your gutter working again!

Maintaining Your Appliances

The cost of repairing or replacing appliances in the home is anywhere from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. You don’t want that. Proper maintenance, on the other hand, increases the useful life of these appliances. Each appliance requires unique ways of maintaining it. Do well to look these ways up on the internet and follow them religiously. Save yourself the stress.

Fixing a Running Toilet

Fixing a running toilet could be one of the easiest projects any homeowner can take on. You don't need prior knowledge of plumbing. With the correct tools and following a few steps, you will have your toilet up and running (figuratively). Endeavor to take the time and search for the right steps as the wrong steps could land you more troubles.

Not every repair or maintenance in the home belongs to the pros. Sure, you need the professionals for technical projects, but a few home projects are quick and easy to fix by just about any homeowner out there. Do well to pick up these DIY skills and a few more.


Selling a home comes with some challenges that can frustrate a homeowner's sales effort without care. It is possible to think that your home will sell as soon as you put it up for sale. Sometimes it does not work that way, and a house may be on the market for several months or even years. Faults or problems around the house may repel the right buyers. Therefore, it is essential to get all identified problems fixed before making your house available for sale. Here are some issues that may hinder your home from selling: 

Water Problems

Prospective buyers walk away immediately when they discover that the house is having water issues. Home buyers do not want to deal with problems associated with basement flooding and roof leakage. Plumbing and leaks can degenerate into more significant issues which why they are quite dangerous. Water has the capacity to destroy most of the materials of the home. Most buyers will pull out on any deal once they discover there is water problem because it can cause damage in all areas of the house.

Structural Issues 

These are problems related to the foundations, walls, support system and other things that support a house. Buyers will be worried about their safety in the house. Also, they will be concerned about the longevity of the house. They consider it safer and wiser to walk away from a house with structural defects instead of buying it and trying to fix it.

Foul Smells

Home sellers should get rid of all foul smell before inviting buyers for inspections. The smell of pets puts off most home buyers. Therefore, if you have a smelly dog or cat, it is advisable to keep them away while trying to sell your house. 

Failed Septic system 

Sellers should be knowledgeable of the fact that they cannot sell a home without a properly functioning septic system as it is one of the most critical parts of a house.The fact that septic systems are costly to repair makes most prospective buyers avoid a house without a proper septic system. 

Poor water source 

There should be safe drinking water in a house at all times. Buyers will not go for any home without a functioning water system. If the source of water supply in your house is a well, you should make sure that it is working correctly and can supply safe drinking water at all times before putting the house up for sale.

Speak to a real estate agent today to get your home ready for sale.


Buying a new home comes with a lot of new responsibilities that may have been previously taken care of by your landlords or parents. When you're out shopping for things like tools and cleaning supplies for your new home it's mostly guesswork as to which items you really need. Couple that with the fact that department stores are now filled with endless selections and it becomes almost impossible not to waste money or miss an important item for your home. Users on the popular online forum Reddit were recently asked what the most useful item for their house turned out to be that they didn't think of beforehand. Their answers, which we'll go through below, serve as great advice. If you're a new homeowner or will be soon, read on for these important household buys:
  • A step stool and a ladder You'll use both of these quite often, especially when you're moving. In my house there are a few top kitchen cabinets that are just out of reach, so I'm constantly pulling out the step stool. However, they're also useful around the house like in closets or reaching high spots while cleaning and painting. Equally important is a ladder. You won't want to mess around climbing on unsteady chairs for changing lightbulbs or smoke detector batteries. Plus you'll need one for access to the roof of your shed or house.
  • A whole-house fan or air conditioner When you move into a house, especially in the summer months, you're going to want to stay cool while setting up and cleaning your new home. A great way to bring lots of fresh air into the house is to use a whole house fan which draws air into the attic and therefore causing air from outside to flow into your open windows. Window fans are a suitable substitute, so long as they have an exchange mode to bring air in and out.
  • A bucket and a wheel barrow Both of these items are easily overlooked but will be invaluable when it comes to cleaning your house and maintaining your yard. Reddit user shuggins points out some of the myriad uses for a bucket: mopping the floor, pulling weeds, watering plants, washing the car, washing the dog, and even turn it upside down for a stool when you need a break from all those chores. And in the unfortunate event that someone is sick and queasy, a bucket can be a lifesaver.
  • Drain stops and screens It won't take long for your drain pipes to get clogged up with food in the kitchen and hair in the bathroom without drain screens. Plus, having a drain stop for your sink will turn it into--you guessed it--a bucket! Buckets are the best.
  • New locks  Who knows who has copies of the keys in and around your home. It's important to change all the locks, including padlocks to your shed. There are many horror stories of new homeowners getting all settled in only to be burgled soon after.
  • Batteries all sizes Reddit user typhoidmarry accurately describes the necessity for extra batteries when they write, "Your smoke detectors battery WILL die at 2am. It will." Play it safe and get extra batteries for your all of your electronics to avoid frustration and rage when you can't watch Netflix because your remote battery died.



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