Moving can be exciting. You get to look forward to your new home, your new life. Saying goodbye to the old can be hard, but once all is said and done and the last box of your things has been packed away and is in route to your new home, there’s a sense of accomplishment and joy for the new. Of course, before the move, you want to ensure that you make it a smooth move, and avoid common moving mistakes.
Here are some tips, tricks and moving hacks to help you not make common moving mistakes.
1. You Own Too Much Stuff
You don’t want to admit it. You don’t want to say that it’s true. But you own a lot of stuff. You may not be a hoarder but you are a packrat. From loads of books to boxes of collectibles, you have a ton of things that makes moving things difficult. Having a trove of things can make moving hard.
How to Prevent:The most common way to prevent keeping stashes of things and creating a difficult move is to not pack so many things. Of course, this is easier said than done. A common solution is a yard sale, which can help you downsize and minimize your treasure trove.
2. You Don’t Plan
Moving requires planning and strategy. You need to take time off, pack, rent a truck, or hire a mover. Some of these things need to be done well in advance of moving day. You don’t want to leave things to the last minute. Planning and strategizing is an essential part of the move.
How to Prevent: At least a month before your move, begin sorting out the details. buy boxes, find a mover, find a truck to rent. Do whatever you need to do. Begin the process well ahead of time. Oh, and don’t forget to take inventory of your things. Having an inventory will help you keep track of everything.
3. You Don’t Label Boxes
Label your boxes. Label your boxes. Oh, and did I say it, label your boxes. This can’t be stressed enough. With labeled boxes, you will save so much time during the unpacking phase. Labeling boxes will make unpacking go so much more smoothly. You will be able to organize the unpacking process by section of your home.
How to Prevent: The best way to prevent this common moving mistake is to label your boxes. Use permanent marker and label by area (kitchen, bathroom, garage, etc.) and item groupings (electronics, toiletries, etc.). This will make unpacking that much easier.
4. You Forget Your Mail
This comes after the move (as in once you are settled in). Don’t forget about your mail. This is a common moving mistake many people actually make. You need to make sure that you notify your utility companies and mail provider of your move.
How to Prevent: Mail forwarding is a great, fast, and easy solution. This is the easiest way to update your mailing address. You don’t want to let any mail slip between the cracks.
5. You Forget the Moving EssentialsYou have started moving but can’t find the things you need like toiletries and medication. It’s all lost in the mess, somewhere in a box packed away. Now you need to unpack things to find what you’re looking for and it’s disrupting the move.
How to Prevent: When moving, you should always pack moving essentials back. What’s that? A moving essentials bag is filled with things that you need in order to survive. Remember, the packing process can take time (as can the unpacking process). You should have a moving essentials bag packed with things like toiletries, chargers, documents, keys, medications, snacks, and more.
Things that you can easily reach. Before the moving process, pack the bag. Get things organized and sorted out first so you know where all the essentials are and mark the bag.
6. DIY Your Own Move
You DIY your own move thinking it will be easier than it actually is. Instead of seeking assistance and moving solutions from a professional moving company, you decide to do it yourself. Professional movers may not be cheap, but it’s not always a solution for you to move yourself.
How to Prevent: Hire professional movers to help you with moving solutions.
7. You Didn’t Research Moving Companies
You didn’t do your research and now you are regretting it. You want to make sure that you research your options for a moving company. If you don’t, you could end up with a mover who may not have a good reputation.
How to Prevent: Ask around, see who friends have used before. Do some research looking at reviews online, to get a feel for the mover. Use a moving company directory to find a list of providers.
Now that you know some common moving mistakes and what to avoid, you can work at finding the right mover with the moving solutions you need.If you have questions, you can always call an expert mover like Advanced Moving Service at (407) 880-4515.