Moving is one of the biggest adventures you will take on as a homeowner, and without the right planning, it can quickly become a stressful nightmare. Between packing, cleaning, caring for the kids and pets, finding a moving company, and actually moving into the new home, there are a lot of big mistakes that can be made.
That’s why we have compiled a list of the most common moving mistakes. Together, we can have a stress-free move without any mistakes or mishaps!
1. Forgetting to Plan Ahead
First and foremost, plan when the move will take place. Give yourself a concrete date. Then, schedule out your moving tasks in the weeks leading up to that date. The last thing anyone wants is a hectic week-and-a-half of throwing everything boxes and then into a too-small rental truck.
The days immediately leading up to the move should be spent double-checking and dealing with the unexpected. If you still have to pack your whole house a few days before the move, chances are many items will be overlooked and you won’t be able to handle the unexpected issues that will pop up. Most moving experts, and our team, recommends planning the move six to eight weeks in advance.
2. Not Researching Your Moving Company
Now that you have time to work with, you’ll be able to book a moving company well in advance. Sure, friends can be helpful, but professional movers have the training and experience you want for your belongings.
But before you hire just anyone, do your research. Read online reviews and references. Ask friends who have recently moved for a referral. Once you settle on a finalist, contact the company for a quote, and be sure you understand their terms of service.
3. Packing Without Organizing
One of the biggest mistakes in the moving process is to pack at random. Throwing everything you own into giant boxes may seem like a decent idea in the moment, but unpacking will be a nightmare. Here are a few organizational tips:
Pack by room. Keep the kitchen supplies in distinct boxes, keep each bedroom separate from other bedrooms, and so on. Make it your goal to ease the unpacking process as much as possible. By following this step, you can move the boxes from the truck to their respective rooms, and unpacking will be a matter of tackling one room at a time.
Label each box. This may seem obvious, but simple labelling can go a long way. If you hire professional movers, or if you have friends helping out, letting them know where to place each box saves a lot of time.
Pack heavy items in small boxes. This will make the moving process easier, and will actually protect your belongings.
Take stock of what you have, what you need first when you move in, and what items need more careful packaging.
At On The Go Moving and Storage, we offer packing services for all of our customers. Our team will bring all the necessary supplies, pack each room following all the best practices for labelling, sorting, and ensure safety for all your items.
4. Moving Unnecessary Items
Finally, avoid moving items that you don’t want or need. We all have that junk drawer or forgotten bin in the garage—take some time to throw out the clutter. As we discussed above, organizing and knowing what is in each box will be extremely helpful in the long run. So ask yourself if that Christmas mug collection is really worth keeping around. You’ll thank yourself come moving day.
If you’re looking for a licensed moving company in the Seattle area, On The Go is ready to move you into your new home. Our trained professionals will handle your belongings with care, transporting and moving each item efficiently and safely.
We also provide storage services for those who need to place items in temporary or long-term storage. Rent any number of storage vaults inside our climate controlled warehouse. Your belongings will be protected by expertly wrapped padding, ADT security systems, and video surveillance. As with our moving services, your peace of mind and the safety of your belongings is our highest priority.