By / OVM TEAM
5 Mistakes You Should Avoid Making on Moving Day
Moving day is stressful, but avoiding common mistakes can make the day significantly more manageable.
When you’re planning a move, there’s a long to-do list full of tasks and chores to get done before your moving day. Once the day comes, it can be easy to get caught up in the stress of it all. There is always a possibility of running into unexpected circumstances that can prevent your day from going as planned. By avoiding some common mistakes on moving day, you can avoid unpleasant surprises and make your move quick, efficient, and as seamless as possible.
#1 – Packing on moving day
When you’re going on a trip or vacation, you may be able to get away with successful last-minute packing. However, last-minute packing for a move is a recipe for chaos, and it can make your moving day long and very stressful. Get all of your packing done, disassemble any furniture that won’t fit through the door, and unplug or disconnect appliances ahead of time.
#2 – Neglecting self-care
Your moving day will be busy, and it can be very easy to forget to eat or hydrate. Moving can be very physically taxing; in order to maximize your energy and prevent dehydration, it’s good to plan out when and what you’ll be eating and drinking. Put some snacks aside, make some sandwiches, keep water bottles on hand, and maybe even a couple of Gatorade’s for yourself and your moving team. Set an alarm for lunchtime or whenever you’ll have a few minutes to sit down so you can refuel your body. Try to avoid drinking a lot of coffee and energy drinks because they can make you more dehydrated and anxious.
#3 – Forgetting to pack essentials separately
The last thing you’ll want to do after a long day of moving is to spend time rummaging through boxes to find your pyjamas and toothbrush. Anything you may need on moving day or necessities for the following couple of days should be packed separately and kept in your car. Additionally, be sure to keep important documents and other valuable items packed individually and in a safe place as well.
#4 – Not checking the weather
Weather can change quickly, so even if you checked the weather the night before, be sure to check it consistently throughout your moving day. This is especially important if there’s a possibility of snow or rain in the forecast. The weather conditions can affect your safety, traffic conditions, and some belongings may need extra protection from the elements – staying informed and prepared is crucial.
#5 – Not doing a final walkthrough
You’re eager to get settled into your new home and wrap up your moving day, but it’s essential to do a final walkthrough of your old home. If you chose to do the cleaning on your own, the final walkthrough is a great time to make sure everything is cleaned thoroughly and adequately. Be sure to check basements, attics, crawl spaces, closets, sheds, garages, storage spaces and cupboards for any small items you may have missed.
The final walkthrough also applies for new homeowners, this should be done before your move and before closing to ensure your home is ready for move-in.