WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN MOVING
Imagine you have been told that the supermarket is open 9 to 7pm everyday of the week and it has all the fruits and vegetables you might want to buy. You go there and wonder why all the vegetables were not fresh and why the stocks were low. This is because no one tipped you on what you shouldn’t do-which was NOT to go on Thursday mornings as it is only later that the fresh stocks arrive! So you don’t get a list of ‘What Not to do’, you just may end up in trouble!
Do not procrastinate or delay planning your move. Whether you are laid back or the proactive kinds, you have to get started at the right time so you don’t have any last minute issues. You would have got all the advice on what you can do to make the move an easy affair. And to make your life easier, we have a few points on what you definitely should not do!
Do not rely completely on your friends or family to pack if they have offered to pitch in. Be sure it is not a random statement and they mean it. Always have a back-up plan ready in case they cannot keep up to their commitment.
Do not keep your basic, important and handy stuff packed away into boxes which you can’t remember when you have moved in. These include first aid kits, medicines, your child’s favorite toys, toiletries and cosmetics, and few pairs of clothes. Always have an ‘essentials box’ handy and labeled such that you can distinguish it from the rest. It may be one large or two medium size boxes but all essential items should be found in the boxes when you need them as soon as you have moved in to the new house.
Do not leave the fridge operational till the packers arrive. You need to defrost it a day in advance and dry it out. This would mean you have to put all the food stuff into a cooler or find another way out to store it till the move is complete. If the fridge is not dried out when you unpack there are chances you will find a bad odor or fungus growth in worst cases.
Do not hide from your children, the fact that you are moving to a new location. On the contrary involve your children in the moving process and allow them to express what they feel. Find ways to help them cope with the idea of change and bring in a lot of fun and activities along with the move.
Do not fall for the ‘Bad Mover’ or the one who gives the lowest estimates. This could be a ploy to get a deal which would have many hidden charges that would surface after the move. Try to do as much research so you can spot the signs of a bad moving company.
Do not move everything that you have in your present home without segregating items you may want to trash and those which you may want to donate. You will have to make time to segregate so that you can save on boxes, wrapping paper and bring down the estimate.