Not Start With Enough Boxes
One of the most frequent mistakes we see is not having enough boxes. We even had an article to help you determine how many boxes you need. Click here to see it. It is tough to complete a move without having enough boxes. Generally speaking, buying more boxes than you think you need is safer because you can return the ones you don’t use. If you need all of them, you have saved yourself an extra trip to the home improvement store.
Trying to Do it All Yourself
It’s hard to know how much you can handle by yourself. When you figure out that you can’t move everything yourself, it’s typically too late in the game to hire help. If there is any doubt that you cannot handle everything on your own, it would probably be wise to hire professionals.
Packing Essential Items Too Soon
One of the most frustrating things during a move is packing up essential items too soon. You think you are getting ahead of the moving process by packing everything, but then you realize that you need to go back and unpack some boxes because the dishes are packed away, and you need to eat. What a hassle! Instead, leave out anything you might need the week before moving and the night before your move, and pack up those extra items. It will save you a headache.
Not Allowing Enough Time for Your Move
Estimating how long it will take to move from one home to another is challenging. Individuals often get optimistic about how long it will take to finish their move, but then they get discouraged because the move is longer than anticipated. Sometimes the optimistic estimates are accurate, but other times it takes much longer. Generally, it would be best to allow more time than you think you need because things that are out of your control can happen along the way.
Having a Plan for Pets
One thing that can slow you down on moving day is needing to make extra decisions. People often must decide what to do with their pets on moving day. Even well-behaved animals sometimes react poorly to strangers stealing the furniture! Knowing where the pets will be can significantly lower the stress level on moving day and help your movers.
Not Being Packed Up by Moving Day
Moving day is much less stressful when everything is ready to go. Another common mistake is leaving too much box packing for moving day. It usually takes a lot longer to fill boxes than you would think. If all the boxes are ready to go right away when the moving trucks arrive, it can make the entire move quicker and less stressful.
Not Marking Boxes
Organization is the key to a smooth moving process. It may slow you down a bit when packing boxes or loading the truck, but when you unload the truck and unpack, you will be so glad that you labeled the boxes well. (Don’t forget to mark your boxes as fragile or heavy if applicable.) It is recommended that you write the room that the box should go in and the types of items inside. If you need to find something fast, you don’t need to open a bunch of boxes.
Renting a Truck that is too Small
Sometimes, renting the smallest truck possible to save a little money on moving day is tempting. Still, if you don’t know what size truck to get, it may be better to go with the bigger option. Opting for the bigger truck may cost a bit more upfront, but you don’t want to be stuck making multiple trips in a small truck, especially if you are moving a long distance. (Check how this article is designed to help you decide what size truck to rent)
Those are just a handful of common mistakes people make on moving day. If you want further reading on the topic, check out this article!