As with any time of significant transition, moving can be stressful. Even if everything goes exactly to plan, moving is time consuming and can be taxing on your family and your finances. Being prepared for some of the most common issues you might face is an essential part of making your move as smooth as possible. Take a look at our top 7 moving issues to avoid.
- Time Crunch: Although it sounds fairly obvious, one of the most common pitfalls in any move is not allotting enough time. Whether it is in packing and preparation, or your actual moving day, just assume that your move is going to take more time than your estimate and plan for it. Make sure that you get up early on the day of your move and consider hiring professional help in the packing and moving process to make your move run on schedule. Also, take advantage of things like free estimations offered by moving companies to get a good idea of the time you need to execute your next move properly.
- Packing Too Much: Another common pitfall is packing too much. Every time that you move, you should take the opportunity to evaluate your belongings and downsize what you haven’t used in a long time or will not use in your new home. We know that separating from certain possessions can be tough, but it will also help to streamline your moving process and even save you money! If you are moving cross country, factor in the climate of your new home and pare down your wardrobe to meet the needs of your new climate.
- Furniture That Doesn’t Fit: Few things can slow down your move on the big day like finding out that you have furniture pieces that don’t fit out of your doorways. Prepare accordingly and measure your furniture and your frames. Many furniture items have things like legs can be removed that will give you the extra inches that you need to have clean clearance out of all your doorways and hallways and into your moving truck.
- Hurting Yourself On The Job: Your things are not the only things that are at risk when you move. Many furniture pieces are heavy and awkward and will have even the most fit people using muscles that they do not regularly exercise, which increases the chance of injury. Make sure to invest in PPE such as a back brace and gloves to protect yourself from any moving day injuries.
- Getting Scammed: Especially if you are hiring a moving company, make sure that you do your research and pick the right company. Take a look at reviews, talk to someone in the office, make sure that you are as comfortable as possible with the people that are moving your valuables.
- Property Damage: Regardless of if its to your furniture or to the home you are leaving, property damage is a major risk in any move. The best way to avoid this and the potential expenses of losing your security deposit or having to replace furniture is to have the right protective equipment.
- Breaking Your Budget: Moving can be expensive, unfortunately, since time is a big factor, this expense can often be variable as well. Get estimations of your move cost and make sure you take the time to pack effectively so that your move doesn’t end up surprising you with costs that you weren’t anticipating.