The last thing you want to do is make mistakes while you move. Let us help you save time and effort by going over a few common moving mistakes and ways you can avoid them.

Not Paring Down Possessions

It can seem easier to shove everything you own into boxes and move them into your new place, but that will only end up causing you more work and stress in the end. Loading everything into boxes adds extra time to packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking.

By pairing down your items, you can save time, money, and effort. Not to mention you won’t have to waste resources like boxes, padding, and fuel. Before you put things away in boxes, sort through your items and donate the items still in good condition that you don’t use, and throw away anything that you no longer need.

Having an Unrealistic Timeline

If you’re living in an apartment or small home, you may think packing will be a piece of cake. You likely have to pack your kitchen, your living room, bedroom, and bathroom. That’s it!

Don’t be fooled into thinking packing will be easy and set yourself up for failure with an unrealistic timeline. There are lots of little items in each of these rooms that fill up boxes fast. So, plan to spend one full day packing each room in the house. The reality is people don’t have the time or energy to spend the whole day packing. As such, it makes more sense to break up the full day of packing into a few days. When you make it a goal to fill a few boxes every day, you can avoid getting overwhelmed.

Booking the Moving Company at the Wrong Time

Just like other service-based companies, moving companies have busy seasons. If you think you can book movers at the last minute, think again. When you fail to schedule moving services well in advance, you may find out there is no open time for your chosen date.

It’s a good idea to book your movers at least a month or two in advance. And booking in the middle of the month rather than at the end, or mid-week rather than a weekend, can minimize availability problems.

Using the Wrong Moving Materials

Being prepared with the right sturdy packing materials and gear will go a long way to ensure a smooth move.

Leftover boxes may seem like the easiest option, but they can be weak and rip easily, damaging your items. They also won’t stack or fit together well inside the moving truck, which can take up more space. And while throwing things into trash bags is easy, don’t use them for everything. They don’t provide enough protection for your items, and in moving trucks, your furniture can move around and damage what you’ve placed into the trash bags. You can use them to move clothes, but make sure you don’t let anyone mistake them for an actual bag of trash and throw them away!

For your move, it’s best to use new, sturdy cardboard boxes as well as the correct protective fill materials, coverings, and tape.

Not Taking Measurements

The worst mistake is moving into your new place and realizing your stuff doesn’t actually fit through the front door. Before moving day, make sure to measure the clearance space in your new residence. You don’t want to show up on moving day and realize your headboard can’t make it through any doors.

Not Utilizing a Storage Unit

Moving is an overwhelming process. There is a lot going on that you need to think about. But sometimes, you just don’t have a lot of time to figure it all out. That’s where a storage unit can come in. Utilizing one can really help you out during your move.

If your move-out and move-in dates don’t match up nicely, you can keep all your things safely in a unit until you move in. A storage unit can also help with the packing and unpacking process. Especially if you’re DIYing your move. As you pack up boxes in your current place, you can place boxes and furniture in your storage unit to help clear out the space. Then, as you begin the unpacking process, you can bring boxes and furniture in as you have space for them, helping you manage the stress that comes with unpacking.

The Bay Street Storage Logo on a white background.

Our storage units are here to assist you with your move!

Let Bay Street Storage Lend a Hand

At Bay Street Storage, we know moving can be stressful. So let us lend you a hand! We have storage unit rentals to help ease the moving process for you. We have two convenient locations in Post Falls for you to choose from, and we’ve got all your storage needs covered. We’re here to make your storage experience easy. If you need any help, let us know!