Things to Avoid When Getting Ready for the Move
Congratulations on buying a new house, but wait… aren’t you supposed to be packing right now? Moving can take a lot out of you and the constant stress of “Is everything packed” or “I hope everything arrives safely” or the much dreaded “Why do I feel like I’ve forgotten something?” can make you lose sleep at night. It’s a hectic process that can cause you to make mistakes. You are on a budget, you need to get things done fast, you can’t wait to move into your new house. This state of worrying and excitement combined can make you forget a few important things.
If you are moving for the first time, then know that the process is not that easy. To get a move done fast and efficiently, you need to create a plan with a definite time schedule. This will help you avoid mistakes and get the moving done under the budget. Following are a few things that you need to avoid when getting ready for a move:
Not Checking the Company’s References
Moving tip 101 says that you need to make sure that the moving company you are hiring is reliable. You cannot just entrust your valuables to anyone. Do not pick the first service that tops your search results. Yes, this company might be the top in your area, but how do you know that they are trustworthy? Take your research a little further and look for reviews. Reviews tell a lot about the quality of a service. Make sure that people have nothing but good to say about the company, and only then choose its services.
Do Not Pack in Old Cardboard Boxes
Over time, the quality of cardboard boxes starts to deteriorate. They become soft and tear easily under pressure. In fact, cardboard boxes are now seldom used by moving companies. Today, you will find that everything is stored in plastic boxes with lids that can be popped easily. These plastic boxes protect delicate objects such as fine china.
Throwing Everything Together
The reason why you procrastinate in unpacking in your new home is that you didn’t pack everything with a proper scheme. This makes sorting out things later difficult and hence, the reason for your laziness. Create a list of all the items that need to be packed and then number them from the most important to the least. Create categories and pack the same items together, room wise.
Not Labeling Everything
It might seem a bit too much for labeling everything, but this way, you will be able to find the things you are looking for immediately. There are now even apps that allow you to do the smart packing. Just take pictures of the items going into a box and then label the box. Later, when you are looking for something specific, you can browse the boxes on the app and find your item.
Placing Important Valuables with Other Things
Jewelry, money, house documents and other such valuable items should be placed in a lockbox. Do not send it away with the other boxes. Keep it by your side and take it in your car when you are finally leaving the place.
By avoiding these mistakes, you can take a little burden off yourself. This is why it is important to create a plan before you start packing. This plan will help you move as per your time schedule and with no extra costs.