Whether it’s a small apartment or a big house, there are a lot of do’s and don’ts when it’s time to move from your old place to a new one. Do you borrow a friend’s truck or rent one? Do you bring everything, including all your big furniture, or do you order some couch removal? If moving day is all DIY, are you ready for the heavy lifting and potential breakage if you don’t get some professionals in to do the job?
Common Moving Problems
Getting organized: The number one problem that covers most aspects of moving is a lack of organization. If your move isn’t well-organized, you’re going to have problems. This is mainly because moving always takes longer than you think it will. Planning well in advance will help you avoid the rest of the problems on this list.
Don’t box yourself in: Putting everything in boxes and especially separating the boxes from the furniture so everything can be carried out the door in an efficient manner, is one thing that many people don’t consider until it’s too late. They end up with all sorts of obstacles on their moving day.
No Room: Sometimes you can end up with too much stuff once you get to your new place because you didn’t realize that all the furniture from your old place doesn’t fit into the new place.
Forgetting about the clean up: Remember that after all your stuff is gone, you’ll have to spend some time cleaning up your old place. This is especially important if you’re a renter and you want your damage deposit back from your landlord.
Physical dangers: Back strains, pulled muscles and even more serious injuries are common on moving day. People often underestimate how physically demanding it is to move house. You’re often tired even before moving day from all the boxing you had to do in advance, especially since you have to move and stack the boxes after you pack them up. Then on moving day the real hard part begins when you not only have to pick up and carry all the boxes, but you have to carry out heavy furniture. Don’t get injured or have an accident on moving day.
Turning off your utilities: This is another thing that you have to plan well in advance. You don’t want to end up paying the electric bill for the next occupant of the house or apartment, and you want your utilities to be in your name at your new home on the day you move in, if not before.
One trick that will help make #1-5 above a lot easier is to get rid of a lot of stuff before you move. Moving day is a good time to decide to finally get rid of that old couch. This is especially important when one considers that really old and dirty sofas can be a health hazard. Many people decide that it’s a wise choice to order some professional couch removal to get rid of unwanted furniture a few days before moving day.
Let’s face it, bringing stuff to the dump is a real drag as well as being time-consuming and difficult. Getting the pros to come and take away that unwanted junk and furniture will really save you time and will help avoid headaches. Many people take too long to realize that their old furniture and other stuff around the house is not worth keeping and they would be better off having it removed by pros who know what they’re doing and can just make the problem go away in a fast and efficient manner.
The risk of physical injury and accidents is also minimized when you get a service to come and take away your old furniture. Taking care of boxes is doable for most people, but you can really hurt yourself by hauling away a sectional sofa on your own.
Many people think only about the first part of moving day, getting their stuff out of the old place, and forget that moving into the new place also takes a lot of time and effort. Unpacking the boxes, putting everything in its new place, making sure you have a nice place to lay down your weary body at the end of moving day—all this takes hours and a ton of sweat. That’s another reason that making sure you don’t bring too much stuff to the new place by getting rid of junk before moving day is so important.
You can also avoid damage to your apartment by getting rid of the big old furniture before you move. Sometimes people try to go DIY when removing old furniture and they end up putting holes in the walls and breaking door frames and windows. That means they lose the damage deposit or end up having to pay to do repairs. It ends up being cheaper and of course a lot easier to just order some junk and couch removal.