When it comes to moving residences it is really nobody’s idea of a fun time. It takes a lot of time and effort to move especially when it’s a long distance one. It can be made less stressful, though, by avoiding the common moving mistakes that many people make.
You Don’t Have An Essentials Box
It’s very important to have a special box set aside where you put the items you absolutely need right away at your new home. This box includes things such as prescription medicines, a change of clothes, and toiletries. The last thing you want to be doing when you arrive at your new home is digging through endless boxes looking for your prescription or a roll of toilet paper.
Trying To Do It All Yourself
Many people think that they will save money moving to a new home by doing it themselves or corralling friends into the effort. While it can make sense making a DIY move if you don’t have much in the way of possessions for most people it pays to hire a professional moving company. They can offer things such as some type of insurance on your belongings if they are lost, stolen, or damaged during the transit. They also have the supplies and equipment to manage delicate items as well as large furniture. By trying to save money taking a DIY approach you can actually end up costing yourself money.
Not Making A Packing Plan
Before you start packing up your items you should create a written plan. This will include everything that needs to be packed. Everything should be packed according to the room it will go into at the new home. By taking the time to create a written plan you will be organized and efficient with your time versus just diving in and making things a lot more difficult.
You Feel The Need To Move Everything
Before moving it is a great time to take stock of your possessions and what you truly need and want versus what you don’t. It’s a great time to get rid of things that you haven’t used in a year or two. You should go through your home and remove the items you don’t need which you can then toss, donate, or give to a friend or family member. This also helps to keep the cost of your move down as you’re not paying to move things that you really don’t have a use for.
You Don’t Buy Enough Bubble Wrap
Once you start packing items up you will be surprised how fast you go through bubble wrap. It is used to protect delicate things such as dishes, glasses, knicknacks, and vases. It’s better to go overboard on protecting your possessions with bubble wrap than to not use enough and have your items damaged.
You Don’t Take Inventory
One of the biggest mistakes when moving is to not label each box. Don’t just label boxes as “living room”, for example, as you still have no idea what’s in each box. Give each box a number and write down what is inside of each one.