The mis­takes peo­ple make when mov­ing

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE MOVING -

THE task of mov­ing home is daunting and te­dious, es­pe­cially for renters who are con­stantly on the move.

Re­lo­cat­ing is a mam­moth task, yet so many peo­ple don’t fully pre­pare for a move.

This can make the process even more stress­ful.

So what do most peo­ple get wrong on mov­ing day?

Here are some tips that will help you avert disas­ter.

1. Pack­ing boxes in­ef­fi­ciently

One of the big­gest mis­takes is some­thing that might seem mun­dane but will pay re­wards if done prop­erly: pack­ing boxes ef­fi­ciently.

As the mov­ing truck’s ar­rival looms peo­ple tend to cram their be­long­ings into any place that will fit.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween hav­ing neatly packed boxes and a jum­ble of your pos­ses­sions is huge.

It’s worth tak­ing the time and ef­fort to ar­range your things.

La­bel your boxes in­stead of re­ly­ing on your mem­ory. Us­ing the cor­rect la­bels will make a world of dif­fer­ence when you un­pack in your new home.

Have cat­e­gories for dif­fer­ent boxes and put sim­i­lar items to­gether so you don’t have to pull apart ev­ery box in or­der to find ev­ery­day items.

Pack things neatly. This will en­sure max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency of space and can help en­sure your things ar­rive in one piece.

2. Be­ing dis­or­gan­ised

Start mov­ing weeks in ad­vance. Be­gin pack­ing as early and con­sis­tently as pos­si­ble. This way, you won’t leave it un­til the last minute.

Things you don’t need ev­ery day, such as tow­els, sports equip­ment and doc­u­ments, can be packed ahead of time.

Make sure you al­low for enough time for pack­ing in ad­vance.

3. Not pack­ing an essentials kit

Keep ev­ery­day items sep­a­rate from the rest of the gear for easy ac­cess later. This might in­clude toi­letries, blan­kets, pil­lows, med­i­ca­tion, phones and charg­ers and clothes.

4. Keep­ing junk

This is a com­monly over- looked process in a move. Do you re­ally need to take ev­ery­thing you may have col­lected over the years to your next prop­erty?

The gen­eral rule is, when in doubt, throw it out. This is a sim­ple phrase which can have a huge im­pact on what goes on the mov­ing van.

Be­fore you throw it in the bin, think about ways to sus­tain­ably dis­pose of your un­wanted goods. Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as St Vin­cent de Paul, the Sal­va­tion Army and many more will hap­pily take your pre-loved cloth­ing, crock­ery and toys.

It pays to check with your cho­sen char­ity or group be­fore you drop off un­used items.

Some re­cy­cling or­gan­i­sa­tions can dis­pose of your ewaste, com­put­ers, tele­vi­sions, elec­tron­ics and mo­bile phones.

If you have a lot of valu­able things, garage sales are an ef­fi­cient way of get­ting rid of them while mak­ing money.

For on­line sales, Face­book buy/sell and swap groups and clas­si­fied sites like Gumtree, are home to thou­sands wait­ing to snap up a bar­gain.

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