If you decide to hire a moving company, you can save quite a lot of money by packing your belongings yourself. The movers will handle your furniture and large items, as well as the boxes you pack before they arrive.
However, if you don’t pack your items properly, you may find your belongings lost or broken in transit. Thankfully, the most common packing mistakes are easy to avoid.
5 Huge Packing Mistakes to Avoid
Packing Mistake #1: Procrastinating
Easily the most common mistake people make when moving is to wait until the last moment. Start packing as early as possible. Begin with seasonal items and little-used gear. Other things you can pack well ahead of time include:
- Wall art
- Knick knacks
- Guest bedding
Packing Mistake #2: Not Providing Enough Protection
When in doubt, overdo the padding. Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or several layers of newsprint. Be sure to stuff each box with enough padding to prevent items from shifting.
Packing Mistake #3: Not Tracking Inventory
Keep a detailed list of items you are entrusting to the movers. Use a notebook and give each room its own page. This will be very helpful if any disputes arise.
Packing Mistake #4: Not Labeling Boxes
Label each box—not just with the room it should go to, but with its contents as well. You’ll thank yourself when you begin unpacking. You’ll be even more grateful when you need a specific item before you’ve finished unpacking!
Packing Mistake #5: Not Packing Essentials to Keep With You
Make sure you pack—and keep with you—the things you’ll need to survive the first few days in your new home. You’ll want to be prepared in case of unforeseen delays, as well. At the very least, you should have a few boxes or suitcases to keep with you:
- Several changes of clothes
- Toiletries and personal care items
- Dish soap
- A few basic cooking and eating utensils
- Phone or tablet and charger
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