There are so many things to remember to pack, from the biggest pieces to the tiniest ones. The moving anxiety is slowly kicking in, and with so many things to think about it is only human for you to forget about something. This article will try to help a little bit by creating a list of top 7 things people forget when moving. Hopefully, if you forgot at least one thing from the list – and remember to do it because you read it here, we were able to be helpful!
Things People Forget When Moving 101: Box Labeling
One of the largest issues face when moving is the consequence of not labeling boxes! You packed over 40 boxes of similar dimensions and now you need to start unpacking in a predetermined order? It will be an absolute nightmare if you don’t know what box contains what. You’ll lose hours by opening each box and checking what’s inside. A simple fix is to label your boxes! The hard part is to remember to do it.
Hopefully by reading this you’ll have that “Oh right!” moment, when you remembered to do it. Otherwise, you’re still free to unpack everything and scatter all you have across the floor and then see what goes where.
Packing Things You Might Need
Starting your packing can be so immersive that you somewhat lose track of what you’re doing. In this sense, you might sometimes get so carried away that you end up packing documents, ID’s, checkbooks or even essentials such as toothpaste and backup clothing. Add to this the first issue we mentioned and you’re in a real pickle.
The best remedy for this would be to first pack your essentials box. This box will contain all of your most important possessions and the first set of clothes you’ll wear until you unpack. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to go out and buy some deodorant and toothpaste and wear the same clothes for several days. This indeed one of the silliest things people forget when moving that causes a lot of trouble.
Don’t Move on a Friday!
I know it sounds ever so convenient to move in on a Friday so that you have the rest of your weekend to unpack and settle in. But this idea that occurred to you also occurred to many more. First of all, Friday’s are busy days in terms of traffic and people moving about ready to tackle their weekends.
Second, there’s a lot of people with the same idea as you – wanting to have the weekend free to unpack. So the moving companies will be slammed with requests, and you might end up waiting for too long for your stuff to be moved. Plus, if you do end up being able to finish your move by Friday night, if anything goes wrong there won’t be any service available to help you until Monday – leaving you stuck with whatever current situation you come across.
To avoid any unpleasantness just make sure you plan way ahead and create backups for every possible scenario that could go wrong.
Notify Institutions and People About Your Move
One of the most frequent things people forget when moving is to notify everyone about the changing of the address. And I’m not talking about only people and relatives, but all the appropriate institutions as well. With all the moving panic and anxiety you forget to notify your banks, doctors, work-related info and any other relevant sources of information that would normally arrive at your doorstep. On the grand scale of things – there is a lot of more important things to do! But once you’ve settled at your new place and realize you’ve forgotten this ‘little’ detail – it might turn into quite a hassle.
Get All The Right Keys From The Previous Owners
As silly as it may sound, you don’t want to get stuck over the weekend without the keys to the basement or any other previously locked door in the house. This is why you should make sure you double check with the previous owners about what’s locked and what isn’t. Moreover, make sure that they haven’t forgotten to pass along any other keys. Make sure you never forget about helping objects such as garages, sheds, gardening houses, etc.
Also, it would be our best advice to simply change every single lock in the house once you’ve moved in. The previous owners might not have the keys anymore, but it’s for your own peace of mind.
Defrost Your Fridge/Freezer
I know this seems silly but this is one of the most frequent things people forget when moving. It is probably due to its irrelevant nature that people tend to think of everything else but that. The problem starts when you’re on your last day of moving and you realize you’re freezer is stacked and frozen. You won’t have time to unfreeze it in a day. The best thing you could do is defrost everything several days before you move. This is simply because it might take days before someone moves into the place, hence the fridge/freezer might not be used at all.