If you’re moving for the first time, you’re probably full of excitement and plans for the future—and, of course, a long list of questions. Moving on your own for the first time can sometimes be a confusing process. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the five mistakes first time movers typically make… and how you can avoid them!
Underestimating how many supplies you’ll need.
One of the biggest mistakes a first time mover can make is underestimating the amount of supplies needed for the job. Did you know that a home that’s between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet will need anywhere from 45 to 75 boxes (in varying sizes) to get everything packed? So bringing old boxes home from the grocery store may help you at first, but they’re only a drop in the bucket in terms of what you really need. Add to that plenty of tape, permanent markers, packing paper and other supplies—you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared! You can call us for your supply needs and any questions you may have about the process.
Not planning ahead.
Your favorite TV and stand won’t fit in your new living room? There isn’t enough closet space for all of your clothes? These problems may seem like big ones, but they don’t have to be if you know about them and plan for them ahead of time. Think about what will fit on your moving truck (and personal car or van), the measurements of your new home, and all the little details.
Overestimating your abilities.
You can’t do it all on your own… and no one expects you to! Don’t stretch yourself thin by trying to get too much done in a short amount of time, or by not asking for help from friends, family or professional movers. They can help make the job easier on you so it can be a more enjoyable process for everybody.
Thinking the move will take less time than it will.
Like we’ve said before, moving can be a long process. Add to that the unpredictability of certain events like weather or holdups at your new home, and it may take longer than you’d expect! Don’t try to squeeze a weeklong job into a weekend. Trying to cut corners by rushing the process can lead to bigger issues down the line.
Unpacking without a plan.
So you’ve finally settled into your new home. You’re relieved to be done with the move and just want to be all unpacked already! But don’t rush the unpacking process, or go in without a plan. Too often, first time movers will unpack things that aren’t really necessary for a first couple of nights, making a clutter problem in the process. For the first night and the few following it, you’ll only need to unpack the essentials: your bed, some clothes, small kitchen appliances, toiletries, etc. By getting these necessities to their proper place, you’ll be freeing up more room to unpack the extra stuff later on.
We know that moving’s a big task—but we can help! Call us today at (855) 222-6128 for questions about moving, supplies, professional services, and everything in between.