1. Failing to research your moving company
Don’t you love hearing of horror stories of friends or family getting scammed by a moving company or hiring out the inexperienced crew that broke tons of items? This is the number one biggest mistake that first-time movers make when hiring out a company. ALWAYS thoroughly check your moving company before committing. Are your movers experienced and reputable? Did you check their reviews? We listed this tip first because it’s easily avoidable and can be done in just a few minutes of research. Do not go out seeking the cheapest company on the internet assuming they will get the job done as well as any other company. When it comes to handling your personal belongings, moving is truly an industry where you get what you pay for.
2. Spending too much on packing and not using your resources
Foam, cardboard, and plastic cost fractions of pennies to make, so don’t be scammed into paying too much for these items (or paying at all). Boxes and newspapers are easy to come by, and often free of charge. Spend a little extra time scrounging to save money on packaging supplies and don’t be fooled into thinking you need to set aside a budget for these items. A month of so in advance, simply start saving your boxes and packing supplies from deliveries. Don’t throw out your newspapers for a few weeks. And ask neighbors and friends for any packing and moving materials they have laying around. You’d be surprised just how much people hold on to these things!
3. Packing your heaviest items in large boxes
The nice, dense, gorgeous vase that sits perfectly in your windowsill doesn’t need a box double its size just because you paid double the average for it. Heaviest items should always go in the smallest possible boxes. Yes, read that again! Your back, shoulders and legs will thank you later. Find the smallest box and use those packing supplies you saved from the previous tip to keep any loose area condensed and filled to avoid damage. Shirts and socks are also a great alternative for more “stuffing” for valuable items.
4. Forgetting to take measurements
“Eyeballing it” has never worked for anyone and never will! Make sure to measure the clearance space in your new residence prior to moving day. You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to find that your furniture won’t fit through the gosh darn front door. Save yourself the stress (and time) and double-triple check all large measurements. Some common items we see most first-time moving folk forget are: couches, sofas, tables, desks, mattresses, bed frames, entertainment centers, and televisions. Make a list of what needs to be measured, measure out the dimensions, and checkmark your list after you confirm that they will fit through the doorways of the designated room(s) at your new home.
5. Packing flammable, explosive or otherwise corrosive materials
Please don’t make this mistake, for your safety and the safety of your movers. You’ll be in violation of the law and put yourself and your movers in some serious danger. Enough said on this one!
6. Leaving boxes blank
If your move is small(er), you’ll be able to get away with this more. Full home or apartment moves however, not the same story. You’ll have plenty of items to keep track of and it is essential that you maintain organization from start to finish. It’ll save you time and stress knowing that all your boxes are placed in the correct rooms so you only have to worry about unpacking after getting all your items over. Label your boxes thoroughly before moving day. Include handling instructions, information on the box’s contents, and the room it’s destined for in your new home. Color coordinate if you so-please! Also note that sticky notes are not the best; they can easily fall off while being transported in the truck. Use a dark sharpie and right on the sides and top of all boxes.
7. Not hiring a moving company
Being tight with your dime is completely understandable. However, having items broken, injuring oneself, or dragging on a move for days surely could cost more than it would have to just hire a professional moving company. Failure to hire a professional moving company when necessary leads do headaches beyond belief. Even for smaller moves, hauling away boxes and furniture is no easy task. A crew of experienced movers can easily cut your moving time in half if not more. You’ll save yourself the stress and aches and pains of moving on your own. If you’re indecisive about hiring a company, we recommend reading our last blog post about how to know if you should hire movers or not.