Top 6 Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Moving is a process that entails a lot of detail. Any move, no matter how small or large, must be carried out with great care. Just like anything, mistakes can and will happen. For anyone who is planning any kind of move, it is important to understand what others have done wrong in the past and look for ways to avoid the same problems.

A Complete Check

One of the first things anyone planning a move of any kind should do is check the mover's references. Places like the Better Business Bureau take a list of complaints. This is a good place to begin any check on any moving company. Lots of other sites may have input as well on the reliability of the company. Look for a nice list of happy clients who have shared their appreciation of the company's services. If there are complaints, read them carefully. A series of detailed complaints may indicate it is best to look somewhere else for a moving company.


Forgetting About Measurements


Measurements are crucial when it comes to getting things in place properly. Before you do anything else, if possible, make sure you measure everything at your new home. If you are working with a reputable moving company, they can help. It's imperative to make sure that everything you are moving can fit in the places where they are going. For example, you want to make sure the elevator to that new apartment allows you to bring up your favorite couch. The same is true of other items, you don't want to worry that the bed you have on hand isn't going to fit in your new bedroom.


Heavy Boxes in Heavy Items


Boxes are a necessary part of moving things. At the same time, it is imperative to make sure you're filling them the right way. Keep in mind the weight of the items you're bringing to that new space. Leave heavier items in much smaller boxes. This way, they are far easier to move. You can pair much lighter items with them in the same boxes. For example, if you are moving things to your child's new bedroom, you can put their books and their clothing in the same box. This makes it easier for your mover to carry them.


Moving Unnecessary Items


When you're moving even a small apartment, you have a lot of things on hand with you. It's best to think about how to reduce all you need to move during the process. Before you make any kind of move, now is the time to look through your things and see what you don't need. You may have older clothing that is just sitting around as well as items like cribs that your kids have grown out of for many years. Now is the time to consider donating them to a good cause. You'll save money and make it easier to move at the same time.


Rushing Last Minute


It's always best to allow as much time as possible when you are planning any kind of move. Sometimes, you might have no choice. Your landlord wants you out at the end of the month so a relative can have the property instead. In most cases, however, many people have at least a month to think about their plans for the move. Enough time allows anyone to get all the details in place before they do anything else. This makes it far easier to relax as the moving process gets in place.


Too Much Money on Packing


Preparing for move often means thinking about the kind packing supplies people need to have in place before they head off. While it is important to get those packing items in place, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money. Many kinds of packing supplies can be gotten for low cost or even free. For example, it is possible to get used boxes from places that are discarding them. Wine merchants often have lots of boxes they don't need. Other items like newspapers can be used to protect your items without dipping into your moving budget too much.



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