"Safe Stuff" Strategy

It is probably true that nobody will treat your belongings as well as you will. This is one of the major reasons that people cite for wanting to do a DITY move.

While this approach to a DITY is fundamentally different from the profit motive, we highly recommend you at least reference the Profit Strategy page to help keep your DITY move in the green.

The main difference between this strategy and the profit strategy is the focus on money. We assume here that you would prefer to trade some or even all of your profit to assure that your goods are safe and secure. This might mean using a more expensive form of transit, buying all-new packaging and specialized containers, and perhaps hiring skilled packers.

Helpful Hints

  • You should always keep an eye on the bottom line. There should be no reason not to at least break even on a DITY, even without a strong profit motive.
  • Starting early is one of the best ways to increase safety and security of your belongings. A rushed DITY will be forced to do things sloppily. Taking the time to pack well ahead of time will pay dividends on moving day.
  • Even if you're not after profit, keep receipts of all expenses to reduce your taxable income from the DITY. If you present no receipts for expenses, you'll be taxed on the full amount of the reimbursement you receive from the government. Contact your finance office for details.