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Why Do-It-Yourself Moving is a Mistake

If you watch any HGTV or home improvement shows, you know how deceptively easy many of these programs make the process of moving appear. Unfortunately, there are many pieces to the moving puzzle that need to fall into place for it to go smoothly without losing or breaking possessions or potentially harming oneself. 

On the surface, moving may look like the perfect DIY project. After all, how hard can it be to gather up your own belongings and move it to a new location? 

Unfortunately, this common thought process is flawed for many reasons. The difficulty level of moving from one home to another may actually surprise you! 

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Mistake #1 Pro- Movers Are Too Expensive 

Like everything else in life, cost is relative. It’s a fairly common misconception that hiring a professional mover is more expensive than getting a few of your buddies to help you move with a rented truck. 

Let’s let this scenario play out. 

Assume that on the day of your move you have everything perfectly packed and ready to go for your friends and family to transfer into the van that you scheduled for the day. 

Any number of things could go wrong that could cost you more in the long run. For instance, if expensive, hard-to-replace items are damaged or broken during the moving process, you need to replace or repair your items, costing you more. 

If your friends damage the walls, floors, or other components of the home you are leaving you will need to repair before the new owners move in. Not only is that a hassle, but a cost that you would want to avoid on your moving day. 

Professional moving companies are experienced in how to move high-end, high value, and awkward items in tight places. Mastodon Moving prides itself on its moving excellence and has insurance to cover incidentals that rarely occur. 

Mistake #2 Packing Mistakes 

Mistakes having to do with packing usually fall into two major categories. 

The first mistake many homeowners commit is improperly packing boxes. These types of mistakes could range from overpacking boxes or bins that make them too heavy and unsafe to lift, or forgetting to label or mark each box so you can find your stuff at the new location. 

The second mistake is a bit more dangerous and involves packing the truck improperly so that items might shift, fall, or potentially become damaged during the drive from one location to the next or even unsafe for driving. 

Professional movers are experienced in how to not only pack individual boxes so they are manageable to move but also the right order to pack the moving truck so that items remain safe and secure throughout the trip whether it is across the country or across town. 

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Mistake #3 Planning & Time Management Blunders

If you have ever moved, you know that it takes weeks of planning and gathering of supplies to make moving day go smoothly. 

The clock starts ticking once you have confirmed that the move is imminent. That may mean weeks in advance finding packing boxes and materials, starting the process of downsizing your belongings to remove extraneous items, and packing boxes, crates, and bags so that they are manageable. Even the “last minute” items should be packed and ready to go in the days before the move so you have plenty of time to oversee the process rather than be madly packing in one room whilst they move another. 

Professional moving companies like ours can help you plan what needs to be done and when.We can not only help you with the actual packing but can give you endless tips on strategies that can help you make your moving day one that is as stress-free as possible. 

Don’t make the costly mistake of DIY your next move. Talk to our team at Mastodon Moving about how we can help facilitate your move. 

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