Moving across the country is never a simple task, but there are a few things that can make it even more of a chore than before. So if are getting ready to move into your new house or apartment, here are a few moving mistakes and things to put on your ‘do not do’ list.
Moving Mistake 1: Winging it!
Too many people make the mistake of thinking they can just improvise on the day of their move. They put off the packing, hesitate to call a cross country moving company, aren’t organized and haven’t even cleaned. Ironically, this often happens because they are nervous about the move. Do not just try and wing it at the last minute! If you are worried about the move, the best thing you can do is plan ahead and get things done as soon as you can.
Moving Mistake 2: Not getting rid of things beforehand!
Moving is a wonderful opportunity to purge yourself of things you don’t need anymore. Since you have to pull everything out anyway, there really is no better time to do so and it really doesn’t take too much more time from your packing either. From clothes to furniture to old DVDs, go through and get rid of what you can. The less you have to travel with, the easier this whole move will be.
Moving Mistake 3: Not packing your ‘open-first’ box!
Imagine that you have finally reached your new home with all of your packaged belongings. You are pretty tired from the drive and all the moving of boxes so you just want to hit the hay. However, you don’t know which box your blanket, sheets, and pillow are. In fact, you have to do quite a bit of digging to find anything at this point including for the toilet paper! That’s why you should reserve an ‘open-first’ box that will be easy to find or a suitcase that you personally take yourself.
Moving Mistake 4: Ignoring the weather!
Wind, rain, snow, and hail are all real issues that can harm your ability to move with ease. So before you schedule your move, make sure to check the weather forecast a few days beforehand and plan accordingly. For example, you could prepare tarps and plastic sheets to cover your belongings to prevent rainwater from seeping into your things.