The 7 Deadly Sins of Moving: What NOT To Do

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Moving Takes A Lot Of Work

We know that moving can be a real chore. From packing up fragile furniture to making sure you don't lose any small items during the move, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. But while moving can be complicated, it doesn't have to be. Trust us: our pros know a thing or two about moving.

You can avoid making the moving day more complicated than it needs to be by avoiding these “seven deadly sins of moving.”

1. Waiting Until the Last Minute

We get it, life can be hectic, and sometimes you let things slip because you're busy at work or just had a long week. While we can forget a thing or two occasionally, you never want to forget about all the prep work you need to do before moving to your new home. The last thing you want to do before moving out is to wait until the day before to box all your items and have everything ready to load onto a truck.

In our experience, nobody has ever packed for a move successfully at the last minute. There is always an instance where you will forget something and not realize it until days after you start unpacking in your new place. Packing can be annoying, but try to tackle everything in small chunks ahead of time so that the process will feel more manageable. Getting prep work done ahead of your move will make your life a whole lot easier.

2. Not Making Note of What You Need to Repair

Whether it's moving into a new apartment or home, if you want to leave in good standing with your landlord, you probably should make sure your old home is in good condition. Even if you do not care about good reputations, you at least can get your security deposit back. Ahead of your move, make sure you take the time to inspect your home for any cracks, holes, or damaged floorboards.

All of these issues are easy fixes to handle with enough time. However, if you wait until the last minute, there is no way to get any of these repairs done. We know some landlords can be hard to get ahold of, so it’s best to get ahead of any hiccups so that you can get that security deposit back.

3. Not Properly Packing Your Items

Packing is an art form—well, at least we think it is. Improperly packing your items can lead to a big mess down the road when you unpack your boxes in your new place. Take the time to fold and wrap everything you are taking with the proper packing material. (Hint: you’re going to need a lot of bubble wrap for fragile things.) Neatly place items into the box so they can take less space and you don't have to use up more boxes than you need.

4. Stubbornness

This sounds a little vague here, but what we mean by stubbornness is thinking you can make your move all on your own. Moving takes a lot of time and care to avoid breaking items along the way. We know you're capable of a lot, but it’s also okay to ask for some help along the way. Avoid getting overwhelmed and straining your back by asking for assistance from friends and family or hiring our team of moving professionals to make your move a breeze.

5. Hanging On To Clutter

Not everything in your old home will come with you to your new place, but it can be hard to let go of certain items. While sentimental things like photos are a must to bring to your new home, do you need that old Halloween costume from two years ago? Take the time to do some early spring cleaning to donate or get rid of items you don't need. The less clutter you bring, the less you have to worry about packing.

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6. Not Disassembling Large Furniture

Moving large furniture can be a hassle if you keep everything in one piece. (Ever try moving an oversized couch through a tiny door frame without unscrewing the legs?) Disassembling large furniture ahead of time makes it much easier to pack and move through tight quarters. Disassembling furniture also avoids any unnecessary damage, especially with large glass items.

7. Not Listening To The Pros

We love a good lifehack or tip to make a chore easy, but sometimes you’ll find some information online that is—shall we say—not the best. Try to avoid taking tips from inexperienced or unprofessional movers. While some people may mean well, they can give bad advice that can damage your belongings, especially if you’re moving during extreme weather conditions. Avoid a mess and listen to the pros.

Whether you're planning a big move this month or thinking about moving soon, at True Friends Moving Company we'd love to help! Contact us online or give us a call at (615) 240-2811, and our team can help answer any questions you might have about moving.