5 Mistakes to Avoid During a Local Move

Moving is a big undertaking, but people often underestimate the complexity of a local move. Even if you're only moving across town, there is still a lot involved in moving your household. If there is a local move in your near future, avoid the following common mistakes:

Not Hiring a Moving Company

People often assume that a short-distance move is easy to do by themselves. But packing everything onto a moving truck and then unloading it is very physically demanding, and many people regret not hiring professionals on their moving day. You will have enough going on when you're moving—do yourself a favor and hire a local moving company to assist you with the heavy lifting.

Waiting Until the Last Minute to Pack

It is not uncommon for people to not realize how much stuff they own, which leads to frantically trying to pack up a whole house right before moving day. Don't stress yourself out-- start the packing process as soon as you know the date of your move. Begin going through drawers and closets and get rid of belongings that you no longer want or need. Then begin packing items that you won't need before the move. Packing a few boxes a day is much easier than trying to pack everything over a weekend.

Forgetting to Label Boxes

Unpacking in a new home can be a time-consuming process. You can speed up the process by clearly labeling each box so the movers know what room each one belongs in. This will allow you to unpack each room one at a time and help you find anything that you may need shortly after moving in. 

Not Packing Properly

A short-distance move doesn't mean that you don't have to pack properly in order to protect your belongings. Take the time to ensure that breakable items are carefully wrapped and protected by bubble wrap or packing paper. If you have items that have a very high sentimental or monetary value, it is best to move them yourself instead of putting them on the moving truck. 

Failing to Set Up Utilities

In the frenzy of planning a move, it is important to remember to set up new utility accounts at your new address and arrange for them to be turned on prior to moving day. Electricity and water is essential, but you may also want to arrange to have internet and cable service established before moving in as well.

For more information and to be better prepared, contact services like Modern Movers, Inc. to learn more.