No matter how hard we try it is impossible to avoid making mistakes when moving. With so many obligations, tight on time and money, many decisions will have to be made on the spot and the margin for error is a pretty big one. So, how do you relieve stress from a stressful situation? How do you avoid making mistakes while moving if you know for sure that you are going to make them? Well, first of all, you need to accept that moving day, or even days, are going to be very chaotic, filled with tension and outbursts, discussions and stress. Having that in mind, preparing yourself for the worst, you won’t be surprised and you will be able to respond accordingly. Also, make sure that you have checked this article, in order to be prepared and avoid problems. Secondly, if this isn’t the first time that you are moving then revisit your old memories and try to think of everything that went wrong when you moved last time. There is nothing like a bad experience to teach you how to do better next time. Another thing you could do is consult with your friends and family and see what kind of mistakes they made on their moving day. Every situation is different but there is something to be learned from every experience. In addition, you can consult with your moving company and see if they have any advice to give you, based on all of the previous moving days they have attended. So, to sum up, in order to be better prepared on moving day and avoid making mistakes you should:
- Prepare yourself for a stressful day and try to be patient and organized
- Remember your previous experiences with moving days and try to figure out what was bad
- Consult your friends and family and see if they have some advice for moving day
- Ask your moving company for some tips and tricks, free of charge
In order to make this process even easier, we have created a list with the most common mistakes people make when moving, so we can warn you. It would be much easier to avoid them if you know what they are and there is comfort in knowing that many people were in the same situation as you. So, learn from their mistakes, before you go to make a couple of your own.
On moving day remember to pack a bag with the most important items
Unless you are moving down the hall (and perhaps even then) you won’t be able to finish the entire moving process in a day. Or a week. Or a month. Nevertheless, the important thing for you is to decide what are the most important items you are going to need and then put in a separate bag that will be with you at all times. You know best what are you going to need the most, but think in terms of:
- Underwear and a change of clothes
- Toiletries (toothbrush, towels, soap)
- Important documents and IDs
If there are some things you know you use every day, put them in the bag. You don’t want to go through 3boxes to remember where on earth did you pack your razor or your perfume. If you are still not sure, you can check out some more ideas here.
Safety on moving day has to be your top priority
Nobody is inclined to think about safety until something bad happens. But by then it is too late, and the damage is done already. Although it ca be boring and time-consuming safety has to be the first thing on your list of priorities. During the 24h where the most important part of your move is going to take place. there will be many events, chaotic environment, and any lack of judgment can have serious consequence. So, in order to avoid such things from happening and making that day a total disaster, take care of at least a few essential things. First, make sure that small children and pets are away from the center of the event and that they are somewhere safe. Children on the moving day are a disaster waiting to happen since it is quite impossible to take care of them at all times, and they are surrounded with things that can easily harm them. Now that you have only adults presents make sure they know all safety procedure and won’t be inclined to do stupid things only to save time. These things include lifting heavy objects, using the ladder, not having into the account space around you… Avoid mistakes on moving day by having safety more important that time spent doing a specific task. Another thing you can do to avoid any mishaps is to dress accordingly, in clothes that isn’t just comfortable but will also prevent you from slipping or getting yourself hooked on a nail or a doorknob. In addition to this safety can be compromised if people aren’t concentrated which happens if they haven’t eaten or drank enough water. It might seem like a waste of time but not eating is a very common moving mistake and it can cause serious problems during a day that has enough stress as it is.
Make sure that you are following your plan in order to avoid any moving mistakes
Making plans and sticking to them doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, and it isn’t, but in this case, it is absolutely necessary. There is no way you can keep track of all of the activities and that can cause serious delays that cause problems with companies, drain your bill and generate even more delays in the future. And how can you know if you are sticking to a schedule if you don’t even have one. Make a plan and do your best to respect it, that is the safest and surest way to avoid mistakes while moving. Making a plan will also help you to anticipate anything that might come up and be proactive in creating solutions.