Moving is a huge process. The number of balls in the air and the never ending list of considerations means that people inevitably forget to do one or more things. These can range from the insignificant, to the extremely burdensome and costly. If you are going over, and over your to-do list and are still worried that you haven’t checked something important off, below is a list of five common things that people tend to forget when they move.
Labelling boxes. It is nearly impossible to move without putting everything into boxes. It is not, however, impossible to forget to label those boxes and discover, upon arriving to the new place, that they have no idea what is in which box. The headache caused by forgetting this value packing step is hard to understate. Label as you pack and know exactly where everything is when it comes time to unbox.
Packing away essentials. This includes things such as toiletries, electronics (laptops, etc.) and linens. The day you arrive at your new place, you are going to need certain items immediately. All-purpose kitchen supplies to make a quick meal, a laptop to do some work, toothbrushes, shampoo, towels and sheets to wash, clean and sleep with are a few of the items you might need. Many people, in the haze of packing, throw anything and everything into boxes, forgetting that there are some things they will need the day of.
Storing special items. There are some things which you know you are going to use eventually, but which are going to remain out of use for some time before you actually need them. You can file these things under “items that would be better suited for a self-storage unit.” Just because you are moving to a new location, doesn’t mean that you need to take absolutely everything with you immediately. Consider investing in a self-storage unit and remove some of the burden of moving (especially unnecessary items).
Moving on a Friday. Moving at the end of the week seems like the logical thing to do because you will have the entire weekend to start organizing your new place. People tend to forget that they are not the only genius with this idea. A lot of people, using the exact same logic as you, are going to be calling the exact same moving company you want to use. Fridays are, therefore, notoriously busy for moving companies, meaning that you will either be charged a premium, or worse, be left without a moving company to help you come moving day.
Collecting keys from previous owners. Even the perfectly executed move will be all for not if you don’t have the means to enter the place once you get there. The excitement and chaos of the move can cause your critical faculties to miss things (like asking for keys), and mean that you spend a few additional, painful hours, either waiting for the keys to be delivered, or having a locksmith come and provide them for you.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the stress and excitement of a move. Keep the above five commonly forgotten moving steps in mind before you start the process and make sure that these pitfalls are constantly at the back of your mind, letting you avoid them and get out of your old place, and into the new one as efficiently as possible.