Moving day is extremely stressful, and the busy days that lead up to it certainly do not help the process get any easier. However, making mistakes on moving day can only compound the problems, costing you valuable time, money, and even risking damaging valuable property. If you want your move to proceed as smoothly as possible, then it’s important to not only prepare for the day you move ahead of time, but to know what not to do on that day as well. Here are five mistakes that could set you back significantly and cause you more stress on the day of your big move.
Falling Behind on Your Packing Schedule
When you know you’re going to be moving and find that you don’t really have a ton of time on your hands, packing is going to be difficult. However, one thing you don’t want to do is fall way behind and be scrambling to pack the day of your move. Packing in a rush is how things get left behind, storage places get missed, and possessions get lost or damaged. If you know you’re going to be busy, break the job down into single-day goals and stick to them, no matter what. That way, when the day of your move arrives, you’re ready to go and won’t have to worry about scrambling at the last moment.
Forgetting to Pack an Essentials Box
An “essentials box” is a box reserved exclusively for things that you want to pack last and unpack first. This includes things like hygiene products, cooking equipment, medications, phone chargers, or valuables you frequently use. Because you might need these things on the day of your move, as well as the night of, you will be packing these things last. Make sure you know where this box is and that it’s the last one loaded and first unloaded at your new location. Failing to use one of these boxes means you’ll be digging for possibly hours to find your coffee maker when you need it in the morning, possibly ruining a lot of the packing work you’ve put so much effort into.
Leaving Tasks for the Morning
One of the worst things people tell themselves the night before a big move is “Oh that won’t take long, so I’ll just take care of it in the morning before the movers arrive.” Moving day is extremely unpredictable. You could over-sleep and miss your chance, something could break, or another emergency could happen, ripping your plans for a “quick” task to pieces. If you can take care of something ahead of time, do it. You’ll leave yourself far less prone to emergencies and “small” tasks suddenly becoming big ordeals when you’re already under a lot of pressure and stress.
Ignoring Best Safety Practices
Moving involves a lot of heavy lifting, which means you need to pay attention to what you’re doing and reduce injury risks wherever possible. Not sure if you can lift something heavy? Don’t try. If you can’t lift something, get a tool or a friend to help. Use dollies when needed, and definitely never use your back to do the majority of the lifting, as you could throw it out, leaving yourself in a ton of pain and unable to help at all. Also, be sure to dress for the day—know that you’ll want to be comfortable and cool (moving is sweaty work, after all) but not be afraid to get dirty or dusty. Also, wear close-toed shoes. Moving could involve heavy objects landing on feet.
Trusting Your Valuable to Movers
Do you have something super delicate that you are extremely concerned about while moving? Take personal responsibility for it. While your movers are trained to move nearly any object, and will take great care of your things to the best of their ability, they are still human and could make a mistake. So that valuable piece of antique art or the 100-year-old porcelain vase that was a gift from your beloved grandmother and you treasure beyond all else should absolutely remain your responsibility. Your movers are even more than happy to accommodate this as well; just let them know what items you don’t want them to touch and they’ll happily leave them for you to care for.
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