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So You're Moving. Beware of These Packing Faux Pas

June 10, 2016

You’ve found the perfect home, and now it’s time to begin packing up your old place. Whether you’re planning to hire professional movers or do it yourself, moving can be a complicated process. Avoid making these 10 packing and moving mistakes, and find out how to pack up for your move in the easiest way!

Not Having a Plan 

Even if you’re just moving across town, the process of moving requires a lot of planning. Fortunately, by reading this list, you’re already on the right track! If possible, schedule your move months or at least weeks in advance. The last thing you need is to be scrambling to find a mover days before you need one.

Create a packing to-do list and inventory checklist, and block out time on your calendar in the weeks leading up to your move to begin to tackle this project. It’s best to pack up one area or room at a time which helps keep everything organized, and the task won’t seem as overwhelming.

As you create your plan of action, use a notebook or binder to keep all of your moving records in one spot. You’ll have easy access to moving estimates and contact information for utility companies and more.

Failing to Research Movers

Compare estimates from multiple moving companies and make sure you hire licensed and insured movers you can trust. Ask for recommendations from friends and family, read moving reviews, and find out about past complaints.

Carefully review all paperwork and read the fine print, which might include possible charges and hidden fees. 

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Packing at the Last Minute

Procrastination can be your worst enemy when it comes to packing. You need time to pack properly and organize, so start as soon as possible. Packing isn’t a fun process, so make it a little easier by packing well before moving day. Start by boxing up items you won’t need right away, such as seasonal clothing.

Packing Old Junk

Everyone has stuff in their homes they haven’t used in years. Whether you’re hiring movers or doing it yourself, you don’t want to spend the time and money packing and moving things that you won’t use.

Moving is a great time to get rid of items you no longer need. Whether you give items to charity or hold a garage sale, you’ll save time and space in the long run.

Using Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts may seem like a good idea, but they can turn out to be more of a hassle than they’re worth. If you’ve used packing peanuts before, you’ve probably experienced firsthand that they end up all over the house. 

If you’re looking for secure packaging, try bubble wrap instead. As a bonus, bubble wrap is easy to store and can usually be used multiple times. You can also use newspaper, rolled up socks and stuffed toys to protect fragile items.

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Forgetting to Label

Labels are a lifesaver when it comes time to unpack. Keep a couple of permanent markers handy, and write which room each box belongs in, along with the major items it contains. 

Not Packing a Survival Suitcase

You don’t want to spend the first day and night in your new home searching for the daily essentials. Fill a box with what you’ll need to survive the first couple of days in your new home until all of your belongings arrive and get unpacked.

This might include must-haves such as:

• Scissors
• Small tools such as a screwdriver and a flashlight
• Toiletries and soap
• Stuffed animals that your children need to fall asleep
• Pet food
• Kitchen essentials
• Coffee
• Necessary medications

Not Having Your New Home Ready 

If your new home isn’t clean and ready for your belongings, it will complicate your unloading process. Schedule a day to go to your new home before the move to clean the home to make sure you’re ready to move in.

Forgetting to Transfer Utilities

It can take weeks for your cable, internet and electricity utilities to transfer. Make a note on your calendar to call your utility company as soon as possible to ensure your home is ready to go on move-in day.

Not Understanding Your Insurance Options

There are many different options when it comes to insuring your belongings during a move. Check with your home insurance provider to see what, when and where you’re covered. 

Your home is where life happens. Talk to a Farm Bureau agent today to make sure you protect what matters most.