Are You Falling for These 5-Easily Avoidable Moving Mistakes?
Moving requires a lot of precise details, making it one of the most stressful times of the year. The reality with most moves is that a lot can go wrong, but this doesn’t have to be the case. That is why we are going to reveal five of the most easily avoidable moving mishaps that will have you saying “I wish I read this sooner!”.
1. Photograph electronic wires prior to disassembly:
Whether you’re a tech-guru or minimalist, everyone has some electronics lying around; and there is certainly a good and bad way of moving them. Nowadays, people usually remember to pad expensive electronics, label boxes, and safeguard them, but many forget to take images of how the electronics were set-up prior to packing them away.
For example, taking a photograph of how the sound system or wireless router was plugged-in, can save yourself a major headache when attempting to reassemble them again. This can be especially helpful for the elderly who may not be as technologically savvy as others.
2. Research movers and compare quotes:
Do travel fees, fine print, and hidden charges sound fun? Certainly not! The reality is a lot of amateur movers fail to plan ahead, and instead find themselves booking the first moving company they come across at the first sign of trouble. Save yourself the grief, and begin phoning companies to compare quotes, as this will allow you to make an informed decision.
Additionally, devise a hiring criteria based on: quality reviews, price, safety, and package flexibility. Ensure you receive a complete breakdown of upfront costs before signing anything. Lastly, a really good tip to avoid surprise rates is to find out how much the quoted price increases if the move takes longer than expected.
3. Bring snacks and gloves for you and your movers:
Heavy boxes and furniture require more than just muscle, they need good grip; and in-between numerous trips from the truck to the house, sweat can impede a movers grip and slow the move down. Fortunately, for only a couple dollars at any Dollar-store, you can purchase a pair of moving-gloves which can aid you greatly both during and after the move. Opting for this quick fix can actually reduce moving time and help prevent hands from unwanted scuffs and cuts. Lastly, a few dollars spent on doughnuts or coffee can go a long way for the morale of your movers; especially after long hours.
4. Use small to medium sized boxes instead of large boxes:
This may seem counter intuitive, as many believe carrying fewer boxes will lead to shorter moving-times. However, condensing all your belongings into large boxes often results in two major issues. Firstly, the added weight per box will be very difficult for one person to move, and will often require two or more people per box. Having smaller boxes solves this problem by reducing the dependence on multiple movers, and allowing each person to carry his own load.
Secondly, large boxes with heavy contents such as books or kitchenware will place the greatest strain on the center-piece of the box. This can be especially damaging to your belongings if your box tears mid-move. So if you are still insisting on packing large boxes, try to limit their use for light and bulky items such as clothing.
5. Let your movers know what is fragile:
Imagine the horrors of unpacking one box after another, only to discover your fragile items have been reduced to bits and pieces. This is far more common than you think, and is often a result of poor communication between movers. A simple solution is to use a bright marker or sticker to categorize fragile items. Another option is to place all the fragile items near the front of the truck, and notify your movers that these items need to be handled with extra caution. Fortunately, professional movers have thousands of hours of careful moving experience, and assume that all boxes are fragile. In doing so, professionals can better safeguard the contents of your boxes, resulting in a successful move!
If you have any other moving tips to share, we would love to hear it! Please leave a comment below, and have a happy move.