7 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving
Hiring the Wrong Mover
If you hire a mover, make sure you do your research beforehand. There are numerous sites that you can read reviews on moving companies such as Angie’s List and Yelp, but even asking around to your friends and family is likely a good way to find a good moving company. By taking the time upfront to ensure that your mover is reputable, you’ll end up saving time, money, and grief in the long run!
Last Minute Packing
So your move is coming up tomorrow and you’ve only packed 2 boxes? Good luck!
Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to pack for your move. If it’s in the middle of July and you’re moving in August, you’re probably okay to go ahead and pack up your winter gear. By breaking up your packing into small portions over a longer period of time, you’ll make it more manageable for yourself and not have a time crunch to pack on moving day.
Using the Wrong Packing Materials
Packing materials exist for a reason. If you want to make sure all of your things get to your new home in one piece, make sure you take the the time to pack them properly. Bubble wrap for the fragile items and sturdy moving boxes (i.e. not those boxes that you stole from the grocery store) will help ensure that you don’t have to replace any items that were broken during your move.
Not Staging Your Moving Area
Clear out a room that is easy to access near the front of your house. As you pack, bring your finished boxes into that room and don’t mess with them until moving day. Moving your boxes numerous times expends unnecessary energy. By staging your moving area, you’re able to set it and forget it.
Not Labeling Your Boxes
If you label your boxes you can take them to the correct room as you’re moving in. Kind of the same idea as staging your moving area, you don’t want to waste unnecessary energy by moving your boxes around multiple times.
Trusting the Moving Company with Your Valuables
You’ve got your great-great-grandmother’s china set? How lovely. You have the best pair of hands for your valuables when it’s moving time. Of course, your moving company wouldn’t harm them on purpose, but accidents do happen. Pack your valuables properly and put their lives in your own caring hands.
Forgetting to Notify the Post Office
When you move, make sure you notify the Post Office of your new address. If you don’t, you could miss important pieces of mail that are being sent to you at the wrong address. By notifying the Post Office of your move, you can make sure you get that birthday card from Grandma (you know, the one with the check in it?).