Moving can be a difficult and stressful experience even under the best of circumstances. When mistakes are made, it only makes the process of moving to a new home harder on everyone involved.
Luckily, it’s easy to avoid some of the biggest and most common mistakes – if you know what to look out for. Here are the top five moving mistakes, as well as a few tips on how to avoid making them.
- Not Budgeting Enough Time for Packing: It can be tempting to think you can pack all of your belongings in just a day or two, but for most people, this is wishful thinking. Even if you can pack in such a short time, you’ll have to rush to do so, making the packing process stressful and increasing the likelihood of causing damage to your belongings or making other errors. Instead, most experts recommend beginning to pack weeks before you plan to move.
- Not Organizing Your Boxes: When you arrive at your new home, you don’t want to have to dig through all of your boxes to find your essential items that you’ll need immediately. It’s usually a smart idea to pack a suitcase with clothes and other immediate needs that you can access right away. In addition, make sure to mark certain boxes to be opened first in order to quickly set up the essentials in each room of your home.
- Packing Heavy Boxes: As much as possible, try to keep your boxes light. A good rule of thumb is to keep the majority of your boxes under 30 pounds. Light boxes have several advantages; they are less likely to fall apart, less likely to cause injury, and won’t cause damage to other items or boxes.
- Forgetting to Update Your Address: Here’s a mistake that can create endless headaches. Make sure you go to your post office about a month before you move to fill out a change of address form. In addition, make sure you update your address with any company or individual you regularly receive mail from to ensure you don’t miss any important bills or packages.
- Not Accounting for Children and/or Pets: If you have children or pets, your move is likely to be stressful for them in their own, unique ways. They may also get in the way of the actual moving process (especially pets, which will have no concept of what’s going on). One good idea is to find a babysitter or pet sitter who can watch your little ones while you take care of the business of moving.