Mistakes To Avoid When Unpacking

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Mistakes To Avoid When Unpacking
Mistakes To Avoid When Unpacking

What are the Mistakes To Avoid When Unpacking?

Your mover has just offloaded your items into the house and you are wondering where to start as far as the unpacking process is concerned. Usually, unpacking after a move to a new house can be stressful and hectic if you do not have a proper plan. Which items should you unpack last and which ones should you give the first priority? While these are important questions to ask, it is advisable to note that your approach to unpacking matters a lot. A poor unpacking strategy can cost you greatly. It is natural to get anxiety when the moving company carrying your belongings arrives and unloads them. Such anxiety can lead to several mistakes. Here are some of the mistakes to avoid when unpacking.

  • Failure to inspect the boxes while offloading: Every individual moving to a new home hopes that all their items will get there safely and intact. It is advisable to inspect all the moving boxes first as the mover unloads them to ascertain that all your belongings are in good condition before you can think of unpacking. Here, your inventory list comes in handy –use it to check all the moving boxes thoroughly. You do not want to case where you realize that a number of your items are missing or are in bad shape way after the moving crew has left.

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  • Trying to finish the unpacking process on the day of the move: As you plan your moving activities, it is natural that you slot the unpacking process in the list of the things to do after you arrive in your new home. However, starting and finishing the process on the day of the move can be challenging. This is attributed to the fact that you will be utterly exhausted. Not even the most determined homeowner can finish the unpacking process on the same day, unless they get professional help.
  • Forgetting to separate the boxes: The best way to make the packing and unpacking process easy is to have labels for all the moving boxes and containers. This makes it easy to separate the boxes containing essentials from the others. As such, while unpacking, it is important to consider that you have different boxes all containing different items. It is important to unpack the boxes with the essentials first, since you will need these items immediately after you arrive in your home.
  • Failure to sort the items before unpacking: The unpacking process can be hectic if you do not follow a clear and effective plan. It is important to sort all your items before you start unpacking. Such a move gives you a hint where to take each of the items. Be sure to take each box to its respective room so as to avoid confusion and mix-ups

It is important to be careful when unpacking your belongings lest you make any of the above mistakes. Hiring a qualified moving company  can guarantee you faster and safer unpacking since they are experienced in the process.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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