Carolyn Frith
family moving

If you're planning to relocate to a new apartment or you've ever done it in the past, you know how stressful moving can be. You have more to do than seems possible, there are so many unknowns and you worry that something will inevitably go wrong. And it probably will.

Here are nine possible issues that could crop up so you can be prepared.

1. You forget how that was set up

A common mistake, particularly with technology and TVs, unless you're a techie, is forgetting how parts or wires were set up. If you're dismantling a TV, and you're happy with how things work, take a picture of it so you'll remember where the cords go.

To avoid losing the cords and to help you remember what goes with what, consider taping any cords or screws in clear plastic bags and then adhering them to the back of the product itself (just be careful you don't damage your electronics).

2. It's damaged

You move all your stuff in and then find out three weeks later your lamp cracked. If you hired a professional mover, there's usually a limited amount of time to file a claim. Consider inspecting all your items as soon as you can, including turning them on and off, to help ensure you can get any broken or damaged items replaced quickly.

3. It's stuck

You've designed where you're going to put every piece of furniture in your new apartment. In your mind, it looks incredible.

But there's one thing you didn't consider. That humongous desk that you love won't fit through the skinny door to your new office.

There's not much you can do about this on moving day, so before you relocate, assess the door widths at your new abode versus the size of your furniture.

4. It won't fit in the truck

If you're renting a U-Haul or other moving truck, you'll likely decide which size to reserve based on their guidelines. These recommendations usually correspond to the square footage or the number of bedrooms in your current home.

The problem, however, is that not all homes have the same furniture. Be sure to do your own research or hire a reputable professional moving company to help.

Also, as a best practice, label all boxes with the corresponding room, and further, consider creating a digital inventory list in a computer program like Microsoft excel or Word for each item. For example, the first box may be labeled 01 Kitchen and then on your digital inventory list, you would list the contents that are in the 01 Kitchen box. That way, if the box gets lost in the move or you can't find it, you know what's missing.

Similarly, you can also search for an individual item on your digital inventory list. For example, if you're still in the process of unloading boxes but want to cook a meal, simply search your digital document for your pots and pans, and then find that box.

5. There's no room for the truck

Continuing on the theme of “things not fitting," another disaster occurs when you're unable to unload the moving truck. That happens when there's no room to park it, perhaps in an urban setting, or it can't squeeze itself down a narrow access road.

Make sure you understand what's involved in reaching and parking at your new apartment. If you're renting a truck, factor these limitations into your size calculations. Alternatively, convey as much information as possible to your movers.

6. You can't get in

You get all the way to your new home, and your movers arrive shortly thereafter. Only then do you discover you don't have a key and don't know where to tell the truck to go. There's nothing worse than scurrying around at the last minute trying to find the landlord to get access to your apartment. All the while, your movers will be twiddling their thumbs.

Avoid this by planning when and where to pick up the key, and understanding all the requirements and best locations for the moving truck to unload.

7. You didn't allow enough time

The movers arrive to your new apartment only to find the building closes at 5 p.m. You've run out of time and the new building is closing down. Make sure to coordinate in advance what time the moving truck will arrive and find out how long it will take. Allow cushion time and come up with a back up plan. It can be very stressful to run out of time on the day of the move.

8. You don't have what you need

There's so much involved in moving that it's sometimes hard to think beyond relocating all your possessions from one place to the next. The problem is, once you get there, life goes on.

If you arrive and can't find your charger, toothbrush, something to eat or any other item that you suddenly need more than anything else, it will add stress to your day. Even as you go through the next few weeks when your belongings are still in boxes, you can waste a lot of time looking for the necessities of life. You could search your digital inventory list, but these essentials are likely in many boxes that would all require opening.

To reduce your anxiety, plan ahead and write down all the essentials that you'll need the first week. Pack those separately that you keep with you during the move. This will help your essentials from getting lost and you'll have easy access to them when you need them.

9. You didn't plan for the out of state move

You're moving out of state. Your lease begins on the 1st so you plan to have your stuff picked up on the 25th thinking that's plenty of time to arrive. What you may not realize, though, is perhaps your delivery spread is 5 to 15 days, meaning you may not get your stuff until the 10th.

So, where will you live from the 1st to the 10th? Out of state moves and particularly long out of state moves can be very different so be sure to plan accordingly.

While there are some things you can't prepare for, you can help avoid many moving day disasters by carefully planning.



About The Author

Carolyn Frith

Carolyn Frith, a content consultant who owns Carolyn Frith Marketing, aims to rid the world of snore-and-bore writing on the web. Topics she covers range from Philadelphia events and real estate options to a variety of other content.