Moving to a new home is a difficult task. It’s no wonder that so many people make mistakes while trying to not only pack efficiently but also keep track of all their belongings and strive to make unpacking easier. If you’re looking to move anytime soon, there are some common mistakes you'll want to avoid to make the entire process go by smoothly.
No Game Plan
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed by how many people don’t plan out their move. Make life easier by knowing which rooms are getting packed first, how many boxes you need, what’s going in the moving van and what’s going in your car, etc. A plan to follow will cut down on stress dramatically by giving you a clear starting and ending point.
From the moving company fee to the price of turning on your water, moving has costs. Make sure you know the costs of everything from moving boxes to deposits before executing the move. Also, know how you’re going to pay and have that money available, so you aren’t digging through boxes trying to find checks or credit cards that have already been packed away.
Not Knowing the Terminology
The moving industry has its own set of lingo that they use when helping you execute your move. A common mistake is not understanding what your company is saying and signing paperwork without knowing what is in the agreement. For example, the “mover’s inventory,” is a list of all of your items that have been put into the van. You won’t want to sign that until you know that each item listed is physically in the van.
The Panicked Packer
Most people just throw their stuff in boxes with vague labels and say they’ll “figure it out later.” However, this can make for a hectic packing experience as well as a stressful time unpacking. Outline which rooms you need to pack and how many boxes are needed for each. After this, label the boxes accordingly. For example, label the boxes of books from your living room as, “Living Room: Non-Fiction Books,” rather than just “Books.” Correctly labeling helps you know what room the items came out of and the specifics of what is inside.
The Last-Minute Change of Plans
Moving is not a one or two person job; it requires a team, which involves a professional moving company. Companies make your reservation for a certain day and time, so tell them when you plan to move. If things change, call right away. You don’t want them showing up on a day you aren’t ready, or worse yet, not showing up at all because you forgot to switch your day. Always make sure a change in plans is communicated with everyone involved in the move.
Dragging Along the Kids and Pets
Always try to see if a family member or friend can watch the kids and pets or find a kennel and daycare that can provide care for a single day. Pets, as well as kids, can get underfoot and easily hurt. Simply having to watch out for them the entire day can slow down the process.
The Last-Minute Mover
Always make sure you do as much as you can in advance. From setting up utilities to changing your address with the post office, it only takes a few minutes to do these easily forgotten about, yet important things. Make a list of everything you can do in advance and then do them all before moving day. This will ensure that you can get right to unpacking and settling in as soon as the movers are gone.
At True Friends Moving, we know that moving to a new home can be a stressful time. Our team of experienced movers will help ensure your move is quick and painless. We offer unloading and loading, can provide packing supplies, and even help assemble and disassemble furniture. You don’t have to do this all alone. Our friendly and professional movers can be there with you every step of the way. Contact us today for your free quote!