Moving is tough even when everything goes right. Let’s face it though, that’s not very often.
Here are six problems that may arise during the moving process. We’ve left out bad weather conditions, as we’ve already covered how to move during cold and hot weather in other articles. Though the following issues are common, you may not have thought about them until now.
Let’s say you’ve purchased moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, sharpies, and more from a local self storage facility. You’re in the middle of packing and suddenly you run out of something.
Avoid this situation by starting your moving preparations early. Within days of deciding to move, get your first batch of supplies and start packing. Begin with items you need at home, but won’t need for a while, like many of your books or out-of-season clothes. Consider getting a self storage unit where you can stash those boxes until moving day. This will free up room in your home for additional packing.
Hard work is stressful. Change is stressful. Put those together and it’s easy to become stressed and overwhelmed. As you make your preparations for moving day, take time for yourself, even if you have to schedule it. Go see a movie with a friend. Take a nap in the middle of the day. Read a book. In short, take breaks so you can feel rested and focused.
If the professional movers you hired, or the friends who promised to come over to help, are late, this can lead to frustration that lasts the entire day. While you’re waiting for your helpers to show up, there are a few things you can do. Make sure pathways, both inside the house and outside, on the way to the truck, are clear. You want to make sure there’s enough room to maneuver furniture and large appliances. Move boxes so that they’re out of the way of big items, but easy to get to and carry out. Call the movers and gently remind them that you’re waiting for them.
Driving a moving truck can be intimidating, but if you can drive a car, you can drive this type of vehicle too. Make sure to adjust the side-view mirrors so you can see the lane to your left and the lane to your right clearly, and check these often when driving, as you probably won’t have a rear-view mirror. Drive the speed limit, signal, and make sure you’re awake and alert. When backing up, get someone to spot you if necessary. You can do it; just drive carefully.
What if you come down with a bad cold or flu on moving day? What if one or more of your kids are sick?
Whether you or someone else in your family is sick, that person is going to need to rest. Lifting and hauling boxes will only make an illness worse. If necessary, see a doctor. Stock up on whatever medicine you or your family members need.
Try to avoid driving. Instead, see if you can enlist a helpful friend or family member to do the driving. If you can afford it, hire movers, even if it’s last minute.
If you don’t have any other options, you may have to postpone the move. Contact your landlord and any other concerned parties immediately. Let them know your health situation, and give them a specific day that you believe you’ll be able to complete the move. Then, get plenty of rest.