If the date of your moving day is drawing near, it can bring about a mix of emotions. Depending on how ready you are, moving can be a stressful experience, but avoiding a few mistakes can minimize stress.
Although it can be thrilling to move into a new home, blunders along the way are likely to happen no matter how ready you are. If you want to ensure your moving day flows smoothly, continue reading for several common mistakes that you must avoid for a good experience.
Be Aware Of These Common Mistakes On Your Moving Day
1. Hiring a mover at the last minute.
One way to make your move hassle-free is to call a moving company at least six to eight weeks ahead of your move day, especially if you’re planning to move during the peak season. If you want the best rates and flexibility with the moving date, the rule is to schedule your move at least four weeks in advance. If you’re moving locally, checking out reliable companies would greatly help.
2. Overlooking safety procedures.
Back injury can occur during the moving day. Depending on your items, most households can reach up to thousands of pounds worth of items. Packing all your items in boxes involves a large amount of carrying, so it’s crucial to observe proper lifting techniques if you want to prevent injuries.
During the moving day, various hazards are present, especially for families with small children and pets. It might be best to place your pets in a cage or out-of-the-way areas or schedule a babysitter. Also, as much as possible, let the adults do the lifting.
Other considerations to help avoid mishaps during the moving day include the following:
- Wear proper footwear.
- Keep essential medications where you can easily access them.
- Bring water bottles for rehydration.
- Gather and secure any cords to avoid tripping or falling.
Finally, when the movers arrive, it’s best to stay out of their way and let them handle the loading of your items.
3. Hiring a moving company with the lowest price.
Hiring a moving company that offers the lowest price isn’t a good choice, especially if they don’t have insurance. Before your moving day, you should do your research to find a reliable moving company. Remember to look for a trustworthy company since you’ll be entrusting all your belongings to them.
During your search, you should carefully check review websites and look around for quotes. If you choose a cheap company or the first you find, you might be taking a risk with your valuable belongings. Only hire an insured and certified moving company with an established reputation.
4. Procrastinating about packing.
If you’re going to move, the process requires a long planning time, typically taking weeks. Remember that it doesn’t happen overnight. You can start early with your packing plan and begin with items you don’t need right now such as holiday décor, decorative dishes, and others.
As moving day draws near, pack up the rest of the items in your home. Avoid delaying the packing task, or you’ll only stress yourself by staying up late at night packing or having trips to the store for packing supplies.
5. Forgetting to pack a first-night box.
Moving to a new house is a lengthy process, and the unpacking of the boxes will take time, usually lasting weeks even if you do it regularly. On your moving day, make sure you have a first-night box that contains all the essentials you need on your first night in your new home.
If you forget to bring a first-night box, you might end up running to the store for supplies such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, and other essentials.
6. Leaving the appliances for last.
When you bring along your appliances, there are several considerations to remember to avoid any issues during the big move. Call an electrician or plumber to disconnect and ready your appliances for transport. Remember that the movers won’t disconnect the gas lines or hoses. If those lines aren’t disconnected, the movers couldn’t move your appliances.
Defrost the refrigerator and dry thoroughly. Remember that moisture will allow mold growth. It’s best to unplug your refrigerator a week before the move to defrost. Make sure you place boxes of baking soda and close the doors securely so it’ll absorb the odor.
Having everything ready before the moving day will ensure a manageable and stress-free experience. Make the necessary preparations weeks ahead of your move date, especially with packing. Don’t hurry the process as you might forget a lot of things. Avoid these common mistakes so everyone will be ready to unpack upon arriving in your new house.
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