If you are packing for your new home, make a plan earlier to avoid common packing mistakes. These mistakes can cost you time and money when you move. Protect yourself and your belongings by avoiding those packing mistakes, when planning for a move.
Making a bad choice when you’re packing your house for a move could end up more damaging and costly than you expect. Not only do you run the risk of damaging your personal things, but you can also end up hurting yourself.
Take good care of your stuff—and yourself—by avoiding these common packing mistakes.
- Packing Heavy Items in Large Boxes: It makes sense, right? Small items go in small boxes, large items go in large ones. Unfortunately, this hardly works out well in the end. No box, no matter what its size, should weigh more than 25 kg. Any heavier, and you chance of breaking the box or damaging your effects.
- Not Purchasing New Boxes/Packing Supplies: You may be able to save money by using newspaper and old boxes but it will probably end up more expensive. Cardboard loses its durability with time and excessive use, and nothing will ever be more safe from the bubble wrap. Inquire with your mover on new, special moving supply kits that specifically fit your needs.
- Ignoring Specialty Items: A refrigerator isn’t packed the same way as a television. Books should be packed differently than kitchen utensils. Everything you move has its own requirements and restrictions, and it’s important to know what these are. Consult a packing guide before you start getting things ready. In addition, be sure you have the right materials for each items.
- Moving Items You Don’t Need: Nothing wastes your time and money more than packing stuff you don’t end up keeping. Decide before the time you move if you really want to keep that old couch or box of trophies. Hold a garage sale or give everything away to a local charity. Moving only the items you know you’ll end up using can save you quite a bit of time and money in the end.
- Putting it Off Until the Last Moment: It’s an almost universal rule—packing will take you about three times longer than you expect. Start early, work a little bit every day, and clean. Waiting for everything to be done at the last moment is likely to increase your chances of making a mistake, cutting corners or forgetting something.
Another good advice is to avoid doing all the moving yourself. This is okay to ask for help and to accept what is offered from others. If you don’t hire a moving company, think about asking friends and family members to help you. Moving an entire household takes quite a bit of time and planning, and doing it alone can make things overwhelming and lead to injuries.