Moving into a new place is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. However, sometimes, things just don’t work out as planned and you find yourself living in a nightmare moving scenario. Thankfully, you can take some steps to avoid these situations beforehand if you plan ahead…

Nightmare Moving Situations & How to Avoid Them

Nightmare Scenario: How Can You Possibly Pack Up All This Stuff?

You are overwhelmed with your stuff. How can you possibly get it all packed up and moved in a timely manner? You are, in essence, paralyzed because you don’t know what to do first.

Solution: Start small. Pack a duffel bag as if you are going out of town for a weekend. This will give you the necessities that you don’t want to pack away. Then, begin to gather materials you will need to pack up the rest of your belongings. This includes the following:

  • Padding or bubble wrap.
  • Scissors.
  • Labels
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Boxes

After you have gathered everything you need, start with one room. Place items in boxes or bins within groups. Then, move to the next room and slowly make your way through your whole house. Remember, “the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”. Don’t look at your house as a whole, just look at it as small sections.

Nightmare Scenario: Your Lease is Up Before Your New House is Ready

You find out your lease is up before your new place is ready. What can you do? Where do you go?

Solution: Talk to your landlord. Ask them is you can stay where you are and pay for a portion of the next month. Take the amount you pay monthly and divide it to see what you pay daily. Offer to pay for the days you need to stay. If this won’t work, you can stay with a friend or family member and move your stuff into a storage unit, moving pod or even someone’s garage. Just know this isn’t ideal as you will have to move everything twice. So, try to plan ahead and get your landlord to agree to let you stay the few extra days necessary.

Nightmare Scenario: Your Current Stuff Doesn’t Fit in Your New Place

You are so excited to get unpacked and in your new place. Unfortunately, you realize to your horror that your current furniture doesn’t fit in your new space, it won’t fit in the doorway or down a hallway. What can you do?

Solution: Before moving, measure the hallways and entries of your new place. Then, take the measurements of your largest pieces of furniture to ensure they will fit through the doorways and hallways. If possible, break your furniture down into smaller pieces to make them fit and then reassemble. If the worst happens and you still can’t get your furniture into your new place, you can always remove the doors in your new place to give just a bit more space. Try a window or balcony entrance if this still doesn’t give you enough space.

Nightmare scenarios as listed above sometimes do come up during a move. Thankfully, by thinking outside the box and preparing ahead of time, you can counteract most of these scenarios.