Whether you are moving to a house down the street or moving clear across the country, changing your residence is not meant to be easy. Fortunately, you can make the process less physically and emotionally stressful. With proper planning and avoiding these common moving mistakes, your move will be less stressful and more efficient.
Waiting to Pack
If you are like most people, you have a lot of stuff. From books and games to toys and clothes, there will be a good amount of stuff to pack before your move.
Most people will procrastinate when it comes to the packing process, but this can cause a lot of stress on the actual day of your move. Not only will you, your friends, and your movers be waiting around for boxes that are ready to transport, but your need to pack will get in the way of others transporting heavy, bulky items, such as furniture and appliances.
As soon as you learn you will be moving, start packing. Pack up items you know you will not need until after your move, such as winter clothes when you are moving in the summer season, and holiday décor that will not be used until many months later. Work your way through your home, packing up the items you do not currently use or will not need until later.
Not Disassembling Items
Certain items may be too difficult to transport when they are assembled. If you wait to disassemble these items until moving day, you will increase the time it takes to move, which can make the process more costly and stressful.
Consider disassembling beds, sectional sofas, outdoor play equipment, patio furniture, and lawn care equipment before moving day. You should also clean out and disconnect appliances before the moving day.
By completing this work beforehand, you will be more organized and ready for an efficient moving day experience.
Assuming Movers Will Do It
Another common mistake many people make is assuming the movers they are hiring will handle certain tasks. For example, you may think the movers will disconnect your appliances and electronics and disassemble furniture. Unfortunately, not all moving professionals offer these services or complete these tasks.
Also, movers have restrictions on what they can and cannot transport. Certain items, such as flammables, firearms, and even some chemicals cannot be transported by the movers.
Before moving day, consult the residential moving company to determine what they will complete and what they can legally and safely transport.