Here are some key steps and considerations for a successful self-managed move

Self Managed moving house!

We built this guide for a small family, with one kid , a pet, and an expecting mother to self manage a move to a new house.

Planning and Organization


Create a detailed timeline for the move, considering the pregnancy and the needs of your child and pet.


Develop comprehensive checklists for packing, moving day, and setting up in the new home.

Packing Strategies


Begin by decluttering to reduce the volume of items to move.


Purchase or gather boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and markers.

Systematic Packing

Start packing non-essential items early. Label boxes clearly by room and contents.

Special Care for Fragile Items

Use bubble wrap and packing paper for delicate items.

Child and Pet Considerations

Child's Belongings

Involve your child in packing their room, making it a positive experience.

Comfort Items

Keep comfort items like favorite toys or blankets accessible.

Pet's Needs

Ensure the pet's food, water, and toys are easily accessible. Consider a pet carrier for moving day.

Health and Safety

Pregnancy Considerations

Avoid heavy lifting for the pregnant wife. Plan for regular breaks and stay hydrated.

Safety Measures

Use proper lifting techniques and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Vehicle Rental

Research and book a suitable rental truck in advance.

Driving Plan

Plan the route, considering rest stops and overnight stays if necessary.

Moving Day

Early Start

Begin early to maximize daylight hours and avoid heat.

Roles and Responsibilities

Assign specific tasks to each family member.

Emergency Kit

Have a first aid kit, essential tools, and snacks readily available.

Setting Up the New Home

Essentials First

Unpack essentials like kitchen items, toiletries, and bedding first.

Child's Room

Set up the child's room early to establish a sense of normalcy.

Pet Safety

Keep your pet secure and comfortable during the transition.

Additional Tips

Ask for Help

Don't hesitate to ask friends or family for assistance, especially for heavy or bulky items.

Stay Organised

Keep important documents (like rental agreements, medical records, etc.) in a clearly marked folder.

Rest and Recuperation

Allocate time for rest and recovery, especially considering the pregnancy.



Take it one room at a time, prioritizing based on immediate needs.

New Routines

Establish new routines for your family and pet as soon as possible.

Local Resources

Community Support

Once moved in, explore local resources like healthcare, parks, and community centers.
Remember, while self-moving can be cost-effective, it requires thorough planning and execution. It's important to balance the physical and emotional demands of moving, especially with a young family and a pregnancy.

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