When first moving out, your budget might be a little tight and paying for movers isn’t always an option. Here are some tips to help you with a DIY move:

Plan
The key to a smooth move is being organized. Make your move easier using a colour coded legend for your boxes. Assign a colour to each room so that when your  team is unloading the truck everyone knows where each box or piece of furniture needs to go. Have a plan to pack a suitcase with essentials for the first night, such as your P.J.s., toiletries, sheets and towels. You can even toss the suitcase into the back of your car before you head off to your apartment.

Enlist the help of good friends well in advance so that everyone has time to mark it on their calendars. Ottawa apartment rentals often have a time limit for moving in and many of them require you to book the elevator for the day of your move. Be certain you schedule your move with property management well in advance.

Measure
Make sure you measure stairs and doorways before attempting to buy new furniture and before you move your belongings. You don’t want to be stuck with a couch that doesn’t fit through the doorway.

Supplies
You will need some moving supplies including boxes, tape, furniture wrap and bubble wrap. Consider renting solid moving boxes as they are easy to pack and are stackable. Reusable moving boxes make moving your items safer, and they are also environmentally friendly!

Transportation
Before you fork over money to rent a truck, see if anyone has a truck or van you can borrow. The more transportation you have, the smaller the truck that you will have to rent. This will save you money. Offer to pay for gas to show your appreciation for the loan. Schedule your van or truck rental as soon as possible to avoid potentially not being able to get one.

Unpacking
With your colour coded boxes, unpacking will be a lot easier. Start with essentials so you can settle into your apartment comfortably the first day. Continue to unpack with a plan to be finished within a few days. The sooner you get rid of all those boxes, the sooner your Ottawa apartment rental will begin to feel like home.

Your first Ottawa apartment rental can be expensive for a few months while you’re purchasing all of the things that you will need to set up your new home. A DIY move is a great way to save a little extra money.