Blog 10 Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid

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Moving represents a major life change that compounds the stress associated with the time, money and work needed to complete the job. Even with diligent planning, things can still go wrong during a move. Charged emotions and dwindling patience can turn a difficult process into a nightmare. Make your move go smoothly by learning about ten common moving mistakes to avoid.

1. Thinking You Have More Time Than You Do

Unwarranted optimism regarding the time and effort required to move often fuels procrastination. Moving already means that you have countless worries and mixed emotions, so avoid computing the pressure that you feel by trying to do too much in too little time. This mistake can lead to panic as well as damaged property and forgotten priorities.

Mark your calendar at least eight weeks before your move-out date to give yourself enough time to plan, schedule and execute every phase of the moving process. Remembering to keep your mind and your possessions organized will do much to minimize your stress.

Shopping for and hiring movers, and buying boxes and other packing materials will take a lot of time during the first weeks of preparation. Fragile items will require special care, and all boxes and items will need to be properly labeled to facilitate moving into your new home.

Moving day is not a good time for improvisation; many people have discovered that fact through experience. You have a chance to have a better experience. Get started as early as possible, so you can manage unexpected issues and dispose of the things that you don’t need.

2. Not Getting Rid of the Clutter

Some people make the mistake of bringing all their things, including their clutter with them to their new destination. Moving gives you a fantastic chance to discard unwanted and unneeded things. Try having a yard sale to get some money for some of the furniture, clothes, shoes, books, tools, sports equipment, and other things that your family no longer uses. Donate leftover items in good condition to a local thrift store and then put the rest of them in the trash.

Begin purging your belongings by discarding things that no one has used over the past year, and then continue by going through the garage, attic and basement to find stuff that you won’t need at your destination. As a result, you will have less to move, your move will cost less, and your tasks will be expedited. Also, your new life will be free of the stress that coincides with clutter.

3. Skimming on the Packing Supplies

The cost of supplies understandably can cause you to hesitate to get the packing materials needed to keep your possessions safe during a move. However, remember that people who skimp on supplies arrive at their new location with damaged goods.

Rather than risking your possessions with worn out old boxes, buy new ones in sizes that are appropriate for your things. You will also need to get other moving-related supplies such as blankets, and bubble wrap. Specialized materials for dishes and zip-seal backs to store loose times will also improve the quality of your move.

4. Not Packing Properly

Avoid the packing mistakes that others have made. Packing valuables such as jewelry with other household items can result in their loss or even theft. Other mistakes such as packing heavy things in large boxes, and inadequate care for picture frames and other fragile items have also increased the cost of moving for many people in the past.

Keep valuable property such as jewelry with you and never pack gas, food, and plants inside boxes that your movers will handle. Distribute books and other heavy items into several small boxes to make them easier to carry without risking injury.

5. Forgetting to Label Boxes

As you pack, you might think that you will remember what every box contains. Before long, however, you will probably realize such a reliance on your memory is a mistake. As the number of boxes multiplies, the job of remembering their contents becomes more difficult. As a result, you and the movers might crush boxes of fragile items under the weight of heavy boxes. The problem will worsen when you arrive at your destination and must rummage through stacks of boxes to find the things you need right away.

Reduce stress, save time and protect your belongings by carefully labeling every box and organizing them according to the rooms to which they belong. Label at least two sides of each box and the top so you can see the labels without having to unstack and rotate boxes. Write any important handling instructions on each label. Use a bold marker with a wide tip to make sure your writing is visible to you and the moving crew.

6. Failing to Research Your Moving Company

Choosing the first moving company that answers their phone could be one of the worst of all possible mistakes. Some movers have lax hiring practices that can result in unreliable and dishonest people handling your property. Also, some movers might not be either registered or licensed, so you could have difficulty receiving compensation for damages from them.

Never choose your mover based only on price. Research the background of every mover that you consider hiring and, if possible, ask friends, relatives, and associates who have recently moved for recommendations. You should contact at least five moving companies and compare their available services, service guarantees and prices before making a final decision.

7. Not Asking All the Questions You Need to Ask Your Movers

Avoid making assumptions. Ask questions to make sure that you and your movers are on the same page and have the same expectations. Find out, for example, if the insurance carried by your movers will cover damage to your property and if any of the services you ask for come with additional costs.

Review the condition of your property with your movers before handing it over. That way, you can avoid disagreements when submitting claims for damages. Also, make sure you understand the procedure for requesting compensation for any lost and damaged items.

8. Forgetting to Take Measurements

Compare the measurements of your furniture, appliances and other large objects before your move and compare them to the dimensions of your new home. Furnishing your movers with this information will help them know what items they must disassemble as they prepare your service quote. Furthermore, the information can help you know what items you must either sell or discard.

9. Not Packing a Box Containing Your Essentials

Some people get so involved in the moving process that they mistakenly pack all their things, forgetting that they need some essential supplies during the move. If you make this mistake, you might have to spend extra time and money shopping for necessities before you can spend your first night in your new home.

Create a special “Open this first!” box so that you have enough to survive your first night at your new residence. You should also pack a bag with essentials such as toothpaste, soap, toilet tissue, medicine and clothes. Remember that you might need things such as your computer, pet supplies, tools and prepared meals accessible to you right away.

10. Forgetting about Weather

Today might be sunny and warm where you are, but the good weather might not extend throughout the duration of your move. Rain, hail and snow, as well as the wind, can complicate your move if you have not taken sensible precautions.

Make sure that you have plenty of tarps and plastic sheeting to cover your things as you move them into and out of the truck. Also, have a doormat ready at your destination so that you and the moving crew don’t track rain, snow and mud throughout your house.

Avoid the above ten common moving mistakes by carefully planning your move in advance. When you give yourself ample time to arrange a moving company and buy packing supplies, you relieve yourself of the stress that comes with rushing to meet deadlines. Also, by shopping around and asking questions, you can assure yourself that you get the best moving company and the service that you expect.

When you remember to get the little things done in advance, you keep them from becoming big problems on your moving day. As a result, you can enjoy a safe and smooth transition to your new home.

Posted By Stepan On 25-May-2017