Moving to a new home or apartment for the first time can be very exciting. The thought of being on your own, having a new start is a great feeling. However, never going through the process can also be very stressful. You may be asking yourself, do I have enough boxes? Did I hire the right Orange Park moving company?

The entire process can be overwhelming. Below we have listed some of the more common mistakes, to help you avoid any issues with your first move.

Underestimating The Time You Need for Packing

If this is your first time moving, you may assume the entire moving process won’t take too long. So you may delay packing, cleaning, organizing, etc…until the last minute. Unfortunately, you cannot wait last minute to prepare for your move date, as you will soon discover waiting last minute will cost you valuable time and money.

A good rule of thumb is to give yourself a good 2-3-month window prior to your move date. This gives you time to pack up your items, declutter and potentially sell items you no longer need, clean and organize. The more time you give yourself, the better prepared you will be the day of your move.

Skipping the Decluttering Phase

Another common mistake for first-time movers is skipping he decluttering stage. This stage is extremely important as it can save you money on moving expenses, as you will have fewer items to transport. Also, it can earn you money and could subsidize your moving expenses depending on how much of your old items you are able to sell.

For many this step may seem unnecessary, however, packing up everything you own whether you want to keep it or not just means you are going to have to deal with it at another time. Not to mention this will take you more time to pack, and potentially more money in moving expenses. This holds true for all long-distance moves, as these costs are calculated based on miles and weight.

Underestimating The Amount of Packing Material Needed

As you begin the packing process, and you start loading all of your items into your moving boxes, you want to make sure you have planned for enough packing material. The last thing you want to do is to get into a rhythm and then have to stop packing to go hunt down more boxes. The best way to avoid this inconvenience it to plan ahead. A good formula to use is a standard 2-bedroom 2-bathroom home you will need at least 60 boxes. For each additional room, plan for another 20 boxes.

Trying To Move on Your Own

Probably the biggest mistake most first time movers make is to try and tackle the move on your own. We understand saving money is important, however, saving your back is even more important. Every individual we have surveyed who tackled a move on their own, from start to finish, the overwhelming majority wishes they hired a moving company to move their items for them. Let professional movers do all of the heavy lifting for you.

Why Choose Royal Moving and Storage

At Royal Moving and Storage we have been helping Orange Park residents move for over 30 years. If you are in the process of planning a move contact us today for a free consultation. One of our experienced moving consultants will assist you in planning your move, as well as provide you with tips to help make your move easier. We specialize in residential, commercial, local and long-distance moves. Contact us today for a free moving estimate (904) 724-6683.

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