The Top 5 Worst Moving Mistakes You Should Avoid
The Top 5 Moving Mistakes You Should Avoid
When you’re juggling a lot of things at once, you’re bound to make a few moving mistakes. And, while it is human to make mistakes, moving is already stressful. The fewer moving mistakes you make, the more enjoyable (and cost-effective) the entire process will be.
Cooking, calculus, and driving a car are just a few examples of things that are better learned the hard way. But how to move is not one of them. The more you know about what you should and shouldn’t do before making your next move, the better your decision will be.
You do not conduct sufficient research on a moving company.(moving mistakes)
There are many moving companies, but not all of them are created equal. To find the best professional movers for the job, ask for recommendations, read reviews, and call a few different companies for information and estimates.
If you simply select the first name that appears on the search engine results page, you are putting both your belongings and your peace of mind at risk. You’re also not helping your wallet because the only way to know if you’re getting a good deal is to compare prices.
When you need more assistance, you DIY your move.(moving mistakes)
Professional movers are not cheap, but they are almost always worthwhile. Moving yourself, even with friends to assist, will take more time and effort than hiring professionals. It will be far more dangerous if you have high-value items.
While there are many situations in which moving yourself is perfectly acceptable, it is a mistake to dismiss the idea of hiring a moving company simply because you want to save money or believe it will be a simple task (it rarely is).
You don’t give yourself enough packing time.(moving mistakes)
Packing takes time, even if you’re just throwing things into moving boxes haphazardly. It’s almost unavoidable that areas that you thought would take ten minutes to pack take closer to an hour, and then there are those areas that you know will be a challenge from the start (hi, kitchen).
Giving yourself insufficient time will always result in stress, stress that could have been avoided with better planning.
Things are not disposed.(moving mistakes)
The holy grail of moving advice includes the idea that there is no better time than during a move to pare down your personal belongings. The less you have to move, the better, and it’s pointless to waste time packing and unpacking items you no longer want or need.
Yet, all too often, we get caught up in the desire to minimize tasks and simply throw everything into a box rather than organizing and getting rid of things. Aside from being a waste of time, bringing unnecessary items can increase the cost of your move in terms of labor and fuel.
You forget to pack a moving essentials bag.(moving mistakes)
Why is it that the most important items are always the most difficult to locate after a move? A moving essentials bag is a small duffel bag or suitcase in which you store items that you cannot afford to lose and/or items that you know you will need on moving day and within the first few days at your new home.
If you don’t pack one, you’ll probably be frantically searching through boxes for a single item, or you’ll have to go out and buy something you already have.
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