Approximately 35.1 million Americans move every year. Moving is by no means a ‘fun’ experience, but it’s a necessary part of life. Unfortunately, many people moving to different areas don’t leave enough time for one of the most time-consuming parts of the entire process: packing. Those who’ve hired a last mile delivery service won’t have to worry about these mistakes, since professional movers can do all the work, but for those taking the DIY approach, one error could mean damage to your property, or worse. Here are just a few of the most critical mistakes to avoid during the packing process.
Categorizing Items Incorrectly
Many people think it’s easiest to pack their belongings into groups of similar items, e.g., dishes, books, bedding, etc. While this may seem logical, it’s not always the best in regards to unpacking. Experts say a better idea is to pack your belongings based on room. Having designated boxes for your bedroom, the living room, bathroom, etc. makes it exponentially easier to find the items you need and unpack easier once you arrive at your new abode.
Not Labeling Boxes Clearly
This may seem like a rookie mistake, but it does happen. When it comes to labeling, make sure to write clearly and descriptively. It helps to make sure all labels have certain basic information, like what room the contents belong in, whether or not the box is fragile, and a brief summary of the contents as well. This will save you a ton of frustration when you’re looking for essential items before you’re fully unpacked.
Moving All of Your Items
Finally, many people make this mistake when they’re rushing and short on time. But it’s important to organize your belongings before moving to your new place, simply because it gives you the chance to dispose of any items you no longer need. You can donate items you no longer need to family and friends, or simply take them to a local donation center. Taking this extra step directly helps people in need and ensures a faster organization time at your new home.
New York, Illinois, and New Jersey all have the highest percentage of people moving in from other states at 63% of total movers. But no matter where you’re moving to, avoiding these mistakes ensures a quick and easy transition to your new home. For more information about last mile delivery or moving company services, contact PDX Movers.