Let All Secure Storage help you take the stress out of moving. Here are the most common moving mistakes, along with tips to help you avoid each one.
Didn’t Do Enough Research on a Moving Company
There are many moving companies out there, but not all of them are going to be five stars. You want to make sure your things safely move from point A to point B, so it’s crucial to research moving companies thoroughly before the big day.
To find the best moving companies, you need to get referrals, read through their reviews, and call up a few different companies for estimates and information. If you go online and pick the first name that pops up, you’re taking a major risk with both your belongings and peace of mind. You’re also not doing your wallet any favors since you don’t know if you’re getting a good deal or not. Bottom line: make sure you set aside the time to do your research.
Didn’t Give Yourself Enough Time to Pack
With packing comes procrastination. Just be sure you don’t procrastinate too much. Even if you plan on taking things and throwing them into boxes, packing takes time. There are areas of your home that you think might take you 15 minutes to pack when really it will take you closer to an hour. You’ll also inevitably deal with areas you know will take a lot of time to pack correctly, like your kitchen. So give yourself plenty of time to pack your things up, especially if you have delicate items or tend to get distracted.
Using the Wrong Moving Materials
You might think your leftover boxes will do the job for your move, but think again. Being prepared with the right kind of sturdy packing containers and gear will go a long way to ensure a smooth move.
Using leftover boxes you saved from packages and products won’t stack or fit together well inside the moving truck. And while throwing things into trash bags sounds tempting, don’t use them for everything. Not only do they provide practically no protection for your items, but when bulky furniture is packed among many bags in a truck, the furniture has more room to shift around. This could cause damage to your furniture and other belongings.
Make sure you use new, sturdy cardboard boxes when packing, as well as the correct protective coverings, filling materials, and tape.
Not Taking Measurements
If you figure your stuff will fit inside your new place without taking any measurements, you might be in for a bad surprise. Always take measurements of your new place so you know for sure if your furniture will fit. You don’t want to move in and figure out your bed frame is too big for your room.
Forgetting to Label Your Boxes
Seriously, don’t skip this step. Unless you want to move into your home and have no idea where anything is.
As you pack, take a permanent marker and label each box on multiple sides. Write the room it belongs in, a short description of what’s inside, and if the contents are fragile or not. This will help the movers know where to put the boxes on moving day, as well as help ease the packing process. Your unpacking time will be cut down as you won’t have to guess or be surprised at what each box contains.
Not Utilizing a Storage Unit
Moving is an overwhelming process. There are a lot of moving parts, and sometimes, you just don’t have a lot of time to figure it all out. But utilizing a storage unit during your move can help you out tremendously.
Renting a storage unit before you move into your new home can help with the packing and unpacking process, especially if you’re not going to be utilizing a moving company. As you pack, you can place boxes and furniture items in your unit to help keep the space clear and clutter-free. Then, as you begin the unpacking process, you can bring things in a bit at a time. This will help manage the stress that comes with unpacking.
Forgetting to Change Your Address
With all the hustle and bustle of moving, some things can slip through the cracks. One of the most important things you don’t want to forget is to change your address. You don’t want to miss a bill because it got sent to your old address! Remember to update your address so your mail, bills, and deliveries get dropped off at the right home.
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