How to Stay Safe When Moving Alone

Tara Chila
Written by Tara Chila
Updated April 12, 2016
boxes packed for move
Pack multiple small boxes rather than fewer heavy boxes. You won't want them to be too heavy if you're moving alone. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Unfortunately, some life circumstances force you to move alone.

Moving alone tends to be overwhelming, and even a bit scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Pack away these tips for staying safe both during your move and in your new home.

Moving plan

Start the moving process with a very specific plan that includes the following: 

  • The amount of boxes you will pack each night

  • How much time you will spend packing each night/day

  • A timeline of when you need to have everything packed and ready

  • A list of all the phone calls you need to make: moving company, electric company, cable company, water company, etc.

  • Filling out a change of address form

  • Informing friends and family of your plans

Driving tips

Drive your own vehicle. Don’t attempt to rent a moving truck and drive it yourself. This puts too much attention on you and your items. Safety is the No. 1 priority when moving alone, so let the professionals handle the truck.

Keep and hide all valuables in your car.

Service your car before making the trip. You don’t want to end up on the side of the road with a flat tire or dead battery.

Make sure your phone is fully charged. You’ll want to call your friends and family to check in periodically. Bring a car charger too.

Drive during the day if you can. If you need to drive through the night, stay on main roads. If you’re being pulled over, call 911 to verify the police car before stopping. 

woman packing and talking on phone
Keep a family member or close friend informed about where you're going and when you should arrive. (Photo courtesy of iStock)

Tips for your new home

Schedule to have a locksmith change your locks the day you arrive. If you have a wait, use the deadbolt until the locks are changed.

Hire an alarm company to install a security system.

Get to know your neighbors. Spend some time with the neighbors, whether that means meeting parents at the bus stop, speaking with people as they walk their dogs or introducing yourself when you are out doing yardwork.

Remove all shrubbery. Bushes and shrubbery provide a great place for someone to hide, so take away the advantage.

Check in daily with friends and family. For the first couple weeks or even a month, be sure to check in.

Remember not to announce that you live alone. Don’t say anything on social media or out loud about living alone. 

Moving alone gives you a chance to get to know yourself better, listen to your own music, decorate your new home the way you want to and even get a great workout in by lifting all those boxes! Enjoy yourself, and be safe!

Have you ever moved alone? Share any additional safety tips in the comments section below.

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