Moving home is a major life event. It’s the time in your life when you have to pack up all of your belongings, load them onto trucks or vans, and drive across town or across the country to move into a new home. You might think that this would be an easy process, but it’s not always that simple. A lot can go wrong along the way; you could get injured, damage your belongings, or fail to successfully complete the move at all. That’s why it pays to do some advance planning before packing up anything and everything you own for this big adventure!
Don’t Do it Alone
Trying to move home on your own is asking for trouble. Doing so means that you have to carry heavy items up and downstairs, load them into the truck yourself, then unload them at your new home. Undertaking this task is exhausting and potentially dangerous – so why not enlist the help of family members or friends?
But not only your close ones, but you can also look further too. With the help of the best moving companies, the whole ordeal can be easy as a breeze, especially if they have experience with moving large furniture, the most troublesome part of any move. If, for example, you have a traditional piano – not only is it extremely heavy and requires several people to move around, but it is also fragile and usually very expensive, meaning it needs a lot of care around it too.
One of the most common mistakes people make during home-moving is neglecting to label their boxes or leave any indication of where they are headed. New homeowners don’t always get a chance to explore every corner of their home, meaning that if you pack up all your belongings in one room and then stack them all throughout another room – it can take days before anyone realizes something has gone missing.
Label each individual box with some temporary labels that indicate what’s inside it. If there’s nothing fragile in there, sure you can just jot down ‘kitchen utensils’ – but if you have anything breakable or expensive packed inside, consider writing this information on both sides of the box so that you know exactly what not to stack too high.
Protect Your Belongings
Although home-moving is a stressful and often lengthy process, it’s not worth risking your life to save yourself any time or effort. If you’re moving across town and the weather is expected to be bad – it’s probably best to reschedule your home move for when conditions will be safer and easier. While everyone hopes that home-moving days never come with extreme weather, nobody can make this promise – so make sure you pack and load up every item in a safe and appropriate manner.
When packing fragile things like glass, pay special attention to how those things are wrapped and put some bubble wrap around them too for extra protection. It is also important to pack in correctly sized boxes – if the box is too big, then you run the risk of having items tumbling inside and getting damaged.
Throw Away All Rubbish Beforehand
As you pack your home, remember that it’s much better to throw away all excess rubbish before the home-moving day even arrives. Even if this stuff doesn’t take up too much room in your home, bringing it along for a home move is asking for trouble, as it will only make your home look cluttered and dirty.
There’s no point in hiring a big moving company to do all this work for you just so they can leave behind a tip of leftover junk. Instead, have them collect all the rubbish items from around your home and then dispose of these things properly – ideally by dumping them inside a skip or renting a dumpster beforehand. Paying someone to dispose of garbage is far safer than trying to remove it yourself.
Have First-Aid at Hand
Moving home can be a dangerous job. It’s not just because you’re moving in a big vehicle and driving across town, either – there are also high risks of injury that come along with it. If, for example, you have to lift up heavy objects to move them into the truck, you could injure yourself if your back isn’t strong enough to support the weight. In order to avoid injury during home-moving, make sure you have ice packs on hand in case anyone gets hurt, don’t overdo it when lifting heavy objects or climbing stairs – and remember to always stretch before doing so!
Your home is a place you should always want to keep safe and sound. With so many different dangers associated with home-moving, it’s important that you take the right precautions before moving day arrives. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for you to protect yourself from injury or damage during a home move – just make sure you pack everything up correctly and label your boxes beforehand!