The mistakes people make when 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.