Moving does not come with instructions, but shouldn’t it? Unfortunately, too many move their spaces too quickly and unsafely to keep their items safe; however, it does not have to be that way. With some planning and innovative practices, you can avoid these kinds of mishaps and have a successful move. Here are some ways to combat common moving mistakes others often make.
Not Hiring Movers
Many have a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to moving. This attitude could work fine if you only have a room or two to move. However, those moving several rooms of heavy furniture would do well to hire movers. Do this well enough in advance to avoid scrambling to find someone with an opening. Check their references and their licensing to ensure the best outcome to avoid any further moving mistakes.
Not Taking Measurements
When you are moving, measure everything. First, measure the openings of doorways and even the vehicle you plan to use. Next, calculate your most oversized items and determine the best way to move those items to their new destination. By doing the legwork now, you avoid fumbling with any misfit furniture that can’t fit inside their new home.
Not Labeling Boxes
Labeling boxes is one of the best ways to alert others where things will go. You can make labels such as “KITCHEN” “or CHRISTMAS DECOR” in large, legible letters or create a color-coded system with stickers. Labeling your items in this way gives you and your team clear directions. You will forget which box goes where, even if it is just you on the moving crew.
Not Packing a Moving Essentials Bag
When you are all moved in, there is a good chance you will live out of boxes for a while. It can take a bit for everything to find its place. Packing an essentials bag keeps you from digging through boxes during those first few days. Keep anything you will need for the first week of living there. This kit includes toiletries, clothes, shoes, and anything you may need. Keep these items in a suitcase, so you can easily pick them out from the boxes.
Not Getting Rid of Unused Things
Among the most significant moving mistakes, not getting rid of unused things is at the top. We all have things we don’t need, but what about the things we don’t even use? Before you start packing, it is time for a purge. Sell your items online or organize a classic neighborhood yard sale. You will make some money and get rid of dead weight. If you don’t have time to do those things, you can donate to a thrift store and other groups that will give them to those in need. This action not only lightens your load but also saves extra packing time.
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