Due to some unforeseen circumstances or unpleasant surprises, moving sometimes happens to be a bit more complicated than you have previously imagined or planned. The best way to perform a smooth move is to reduce the number of mistakes made while preparing for the relocation. Packing is often the most laborious task when it comes to moving preparation, so no wonder why a single mistake can cause a lot of stress, troubles and additional expenses.
Being aware of the most common packing mistakes will help you prevent them from happening. The following list of possible packing mistakes is made according to Dumbo moving and storage movers and their experience in the moving industry.
– Packing on your own without an efficient plan
It might be doable if you are moving a couple of household appliances and a few suitcases. But a household move is much more complicated matter. If you want it performed smoothly, you should have a serious approach to the task. Create a moving checklist and timeline and try to stick to them. Also, you are not supposed to pack the entire house all alone. Get some help and assign the tasks properly. You can either ask your friends to help you with packing or opt for professional packing services. Professional packers will make sure that your household items are packed quickly and efficiently.
– Leaving packing until the last moment
One of the most important tips for a smooth move is to start early. Putting off what has to be done will lead to a major stress and frustration at one point. So, make sure everything’s ready for the moving day.
– Sorting the items only after the move
If you fail to go through your items before the move you are likely to undergo some further difficulties during the moving process. Purging your home before the moving day is highly recommended, because there are probably many items that shouldn’t be moved to the new place. If you are downsizing, a logical solution would be to get rid of all unwanted items. But, even if you are upsizing, there’s no point in filling up your new home with unnecessary items from the very beginning. Furthermore, moving everything you have may drain your wallet, since the total cost of the move depends on the weight of the load, so reduce the load as much as you can.
– Failing to understand the importance of the packing material
Assuming that a safe move is possible without quality packing material is one of the biggest moving delusions. Lack of proper packing material may cause some major damage and costs during the relocation process. Trying to save money on packing material could lead to some additional expenses, so make sure to take every necessary step to keep your belongings safe while in transit. Purchase or rent enough cardboard boxes, plastic stackable containers, bubble wrap, padding, packing paper, packing tape so as to ensure a safe and smooth move.
– Packing non-allowables
Hazardous items can be a real threat to your shipment and movers will certainly refuse to transport them. Some of the items that cannot be packed are: perishables, explosives, flammable gases, corrosive and toxic substances, along with plants and pets. Separate non-allowables from the rest of your goods and dispose of all hazardous material properly.
– Packing the boxes without labeling them
Although you might have an impression that you will remember the content of every moving box, it would be a good idea to label each box so that you or your movers know where each of them belongs.
– Overfilling the moving boxes
Bare in mind a few packing tips:
– do not overfill the boxes, because someone will have to lift them. Use small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for light items.
– use padding and cushioning material to fill the empty space in the packed boxes, especially when packing breakable items.