4 Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid

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I empathize with that feeling of dread that can come from needing to move, especially if you’re going from a larger living area to a smaller one. The stress never quite goes away, no matter how often you’ve made the move before. So how will you know if you should try packing the boxes in the new closets or simply bite the bullet on a quality storage unit?

This can be a tough decision to make, but it’s an important one. You might decide to load the new closets with boxes, or you might make the smart move of getting a quality storage unit to make sure you have enough space and more time to move in. Whichever decision you go with, make sure to avoid the following 4 rookie mistakes while moving.

1) Not having enough bubble wrap/wrap to pack up all your dishes

This is one of those little details that is so easy to forget, but is suddenly a massive cause of stress when you get to packing up and putting away the dishes. Make sure you overbuy on whatever you’re using whether it’s bubble wrap or page torn out from magazines – you can always store or get rid of the excess. Don’t risk your best plates or decorative glass because you ran short.

2) Waiting until the last minute to grab storage

Make the decision early on whether you’re going to try to move everything, or go with a storage unit for support. If you’re going to get storage for your excess stuff, making this decision early will allow you to find the best deals available on storage units and begin moving sooner since you can take care of storage before making the big move. This definitely helps with the stress since it gives you more time and flexibility.

3) Don’t cheap out on moving supplies

If you have the same boxes you used to move to college while your environmentalism is admirable, it’s time to upgrade. Moving is stressful. Don’t use weak or old boxes with fraying hand holds or that need to be completely reinforced with duck tape. Saving a few bucks on not getting new boxes or plastic shipping containers really is not worth the extra stress and hassle that comes from worrying if the box will hold or not.

4) Mind the details

Details like working gloves, scotch tape or labels, and other “small details” actually make a huge difference. Don’t ignore the small things that make a big difference. Make sure to label all your boxes so you know what’s in them and can get into the ones you really need immediately after the move.

These are four mistakes that even a veteran mover can make, but if you make sure to dodge these four common moving mistakes I won’t promise your move will be easy, but it will be a lot less painful than it would otherwise be.

Shane

Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.
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About Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.