The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Moving

the worst moving advice we've ever heard

The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Moving

Moving can be overwhelming. Between packing up your belongings, organizing endless boxes and hoping your entire life seamlessly gets from point A to point B, you have lots to keep in mind—and also lots you shouldn’t keep in mind.

Consider this your fair warning: not all advice is good advice. We’ll tell you why.

Life Hack: Wrap breakables in your clothes instead of bubble wrap.

At the end of the day, you just need to make sure that your breakable items are protected during your move. So why go through the trouble of buying bubble wrap when you can just use the clothes that you’re taking out of your closet anyway? Right?

Properly wrapping breakable items like dishes and glassware in bubble wrap ensures safety. If you decide to wrap these items in clothing, the only thing that you’re ensuring is a higher chance of injury—to the items AND yourself. After all, there’s no way to know a glass is broken until you open up your folded clothing with your bare hands.

So, spend the extra time (and cash) on proper boxes, packing paper and bubble wrap. Your fragile items will thank you later.

Don’t waste time cleaning your home before you move out.

You’ve put your blood, sweat and tears into packing up your entire life. And frankly, you’ve got nothing left. So why spend time and energy cleaning up the home that you’re going to be leaving forever?

We’ll tell you why. It’s not about failing to vacuum, forgetting to sweep under the stove or leaving a few dust particles under your bed. You just might want to check your contract for some serious offenses.

It turns out that some sellers can stipulate that your home be spotless by the time you move out. If you happen to agree to this at any point (and don’t live up to your end of the bargain), you could be at risk for a lawsuit. Yikes.

While you may not want to waste your time cleaning, it’s certainly not time “wasted” if your closing could be delayed (or canceled altogether). So put on the rubber gloves and get to work.

You don’t need moving insurance.

After spending a hefty chunk of money on a new home, moving supplies and professional help, why spend even more on insurance?

Let’s back up a little. Even if your moving company covers some damages, you’d still be stuck with the extra costs—and the last thing you want to deal with is shattered glass and broken furniture (that will actually cost you much more than a little insurance).

You don’t need to prep in advance.

You’ve done a few loads of laundry, purchased your boxes and hired a moving company. You still have a few days. The rest will take care of itself.

If you think procrastination is your friend when it comes to moving, let’s just say you’re in for a rude awakening.

Even with a moving company to help you pack and load, most of the work needs to be done beforehand. Some good advice? You DO need to prep ahead of time. Far ahead. Start with a room-by-room checklist. Organize your belongings, pack and seal your boxes, label everything, and book a mover as soon as possible. Plan ahead to avoid mass chaos (and severe mental breakdowns) on moving day.

To save money, don’t hire a moving company.

We all try to find ways to save money while moving. You tell yourself that maybe you don’t need a moving company after all. Maybe you can finish your packing, strap your mattress to the top of your Honda Civic and take as many trips as necessary to your new home.

LOL. Let us know how that goes, will you?

People dread the moving process as it is. From the organizing to the packing, the loading to the unloading, it’s on many of our least-favorite-things-to-do lists. Now, picture that process without the help of professional movers, equipment, insurance and of course, the expertise. What happens when you break your TV (or your back)? When you rent the wrong size truck? When you realize you don’t have the Allen wrench you need? Yeah… we’re cringing too.

As ambitious as you may be feeling, we can assure you that trying to move on your own is not worth the time (or the stress). Save yourself the hassle and hire a moving company. We promise you’ll notice the difference.

When it comes to moving, there’s clearly plenty of bad advice about cutting corners and saving money. Our advice? Be cautious. Take it all with a grain (well, several grains) of salt. At the end of the day, it’s your decisions, planning and actions that ultimately determine the success of your move.

You’ve got this.

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About the Author

Molli Spear is the content manager for the Life Storage Blog. Life Storage is the fifth-largest self-storage company in the world with over 700 locations in the US. Find self-storage near you to prep for your next move, or visit the Life Storage Blog for DIY storage and organization ideas for your home.

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