If you’re planning on moving, it’s best to take some time and think about the move beforehand. Not only will you save yourself a lot of headaches in the long run if you do your homework, but many people also enjoy packing up their old place and preparing for their new one. The following are common mistakes that people often make when moving, which can be avoided with careful preparation.
1. Not Wrapping Fragile Items in Bubble Wrap
Whether you’re moving long-distance or across town, make sure anything that might break (e.g., glass) is well-wrapped and protected against breakage. It would help if you had plenty of bubble wrap around for this purpose. Bubble wrap is cheap, so it’s probably not worth the trouble to try and save some money on this one. It’s best to err on caution and use even more than others consider necessary.
2. Packing Things in the Wrong Boxes
A good idea of how you will pack is essential for a smooth relocation. If specific pieces have to be moved in certain ways or kept together (such as fragile items), ensure they’re placed in the appropriate boxes first. Conversely, if certain things can be combined into one package, ensure they’re connected. If something is unnecessary for the move, it should probably not be packed.
3. Not Having a Specific Location for Items Before Moving
This relates to number two above, as many people will start packing up their belongings and placing them in boxes without considering what’s best where. Getting caught up in this frenzy can be easy, but it’s important to remember that your stuff may never end up there if you don’t know where everything goes.
4. Moving Valuable Items Without Proper Care
People often hold on dearly to particular precious objects, such as jewelry or other precious metals. These types of valuables should be kept safe while you’re moving. For example, it might make more sense to either pack them in your hand luggage or keep them in the trunk of your car.
5. Not Getting Rid of Unnecessary Items
Take the time to go through your stuff in advance. As you pack it up, decide whether it is worth taking with you. You might find some things you didn’t even realize were still there and are probably better off being sold than being taken with you.
6. Trying to Do Everything Yourself
Moving services are affordable and efficient. Trying to pack and move everything yourself is a highly stressful and grueling process that’ll put unnecessary wear and tear on you and your things. It’s also time-consuming as well. Don’t try to do it all alone. Get some help!
7. Hiring the Wrong Moving Services
This is a big one! Many people have horror stories about lousy moving companies that damaged their belongings or didn’t even show up for the move! If you’re looking for help, always ask family and friends for movers’ recommendations before deciding on anyone.
8. Not Getting Estimates Before Hiring Movers
There are many moving companies out there, and many of them can vary in price. Before hiring anyone, make sure to do some research on the internet or ask your friends and family for quotes from different movers, so you know what’s fair before they show up.
9. Not Labeling Boxes Properly
Labeling packages will save lots of time later on when it comes time to unpack them. The best way to label them is with a marker or some packing tape. You can also consider labeling them by category (e.g., larger boxes could be labeled “fragile,” etc.).
Choosing the Best Moving Services
Getting the right moving services can make the moving process much more manageable. Understandably it can also be tough to find the right match, so keep all these suggestions in mind as you search for an excellent company to help with your perfect move.