Moving homes can often be a stressful and costly process, takes time and effort. By looking at this moving home checklist and the 10 most common moving mistakes, this article may make your next move easier and less emotional.
Mistake nr.1: Scheduling poorly
Mistake: One of the biggest moving mistakes is the lack of planning. Some people think they can just go with the flow when it comes to packing and moving, packing at the last minute, throwing things in boxes with little sense of organization.
Some people underestimate everything including; the amount of packing materials they need, and the amount of time it will take to pack their belongings. With time pressure increases the risk of mistakes and damage, with the result of an overall unpleasant moving experience.
Do this instead: Moving homes needs to be carried out with care and requires lots of planning, from choosing a moving company to preparing your possessions for moving day. These things will come together quickly once you get started. Remember to write down a moving home checklist before you start packing.
Therefore, plan in a lot of time for your move. Once you have your move-out date, count back to 2 months. We recommend an extra couple of weeks just to hire movers, sort out your belongings and figure out a solid budget.
However, some of you will not have a choice of timing due to an employment-based move or because of a personal emergency etc. For the rest of you, it’s all about organizing and timing your move in order to avoid last-minute panic.
Be realistic when allotting time to packing. As a rule of thumb: a studio or one-bedroom apartment will take about two days, a two-bedroom home about three days, and a three-bedroom home for about five days.
Add on another day if you have a lot of delicate items that will need to be carefully wrapped and stored, or if you know you tend to get distracted from the task at hand.
Get plenty of bubble wrap and tape to adequately cover your fragile items. A good preparation starts with the proper packing of items that must go with the move.
A good moving tip: label all items in advance, for example with different colour stickers. In this way, it is easier for the movers to see where certain things should be at your new address saving time and money!
Use a checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything in the chaos and excitement and assign tasks to your family members.
Since parking near the house (start- and end address) is, of course, important for smooth execution of your move. Remember to consider the accessibility for a trailer (both the starting address and the end address).
Mistake nr.2: Not souring through all the stuff before packing
Mistake: Most of us, has tons of things in our home that we haven’t used in years. Instead of getting rid of these items, these items often ending up by taking more time when it comes to packing all that extra stuff, transportation and often ending up in our garage until the next time we move
Do this instead: There’s no better time than during a move to edit down your personal belongings. Before you pack, spend a few days going through your home, identifying items that you haven’t used in the last year or two. This time will save you for a lot of money and time later.
The less you have to move, the better, plus there’s no use wasting time packing and unpacking the things that you no longer want or need. Donate items to charity or hold a garage sale so the items can end up in the hands of someone who could use them, instead of a box in your garage.
Mistake nr.3: Doing everything yourself to save money
Mistake: You might think that renting a truck and convincing your friends to carry your stuff will save you lots of money. However, there are a huge number of potential pitfalls such as wear and tear on your poor body and the risk of the damage to the valuable items you should consider. In the end, a do-it-yourself move may not be as cheap as you thought.
How to avoid it: Before you decide to carry out a do- it yourself move, you should consider what your move is going to entail and how much work you’re willing and able to put into it.
If you only have a few items that need to come with you, doing everything yourself may be a good option. But if some of the items are very heavy, we will advise you to get help from some professional. Using professional movers isn’t cheap, but it’s almost always worth it.
We will advise you to consider what a moving company offers, like liability coverage or insurance (in case your items get damaged or lost in transit) and imagine the aches, muscle strains, and injuries that you can prevent by leaving the heavy lifting to the professionals.
Mistake nr. 4: Not enough research on moving company
Mistake: If you decide to go ahead with a moving company, these companies will offer you an estimate that may vary widely. If you forget to mention a large or difficult-to-move item in your initial consultation, your estimate could end up well over the figure that was originally quoted to you. This is one of the more expensive moving mistakes.
Also, most of the moving companies will only insure items that they pack themselves. This is important information but often unsaid, leaving you in the lurch if something goes wrong. Keep in mind that moves are tricky, things can get broken or go missing which is not always the fault of the mover.
How to avoid it: Lots of people who are moving are swayed by prices. We will not under can circumstance advise you to choose a moving company only on prices alone, because it could really cost you!
Fixing moving disasters can be a time-consuming and expensive experience. Before you choose a moving company, read online reviews and talk to at least three different moving companies before deciding which company is right for you.
Ask the moving company if they’re licensed and insured. You can limit the stress and unnecessary hassle if you do background checks. Make sure you get a non-binding estimate in writing and any extra fees. It’s impossible to anticipate the total cost of your move, therefore moving companies give you only an estimate, not quote, but it’s still smart to get a general idea of what your move is going to cost you, especially if you’re trying to keep costs in a certain range.
Before you hire, make sure you ask all the questions you need to ask to ensure that you’re getting what you need out of the moving company. Find out about their estimates, if the insurance will cover your things and if there are any extra costs for services offered. Remember to read the contract carefully before you sign it.
Mistake nr. 5: Packing boxes too heavily
Mistake: Since fewer boxes mean fewer trips to and from the moving van, a common mistake is to load boxes until they’re chock-full. However, overloading boxes can cause injury and damage your belongings as the weight of a box could cause the box to break.
How to avoid it: Instead of overloading boxes, conventional wisdom states that, for the safety of the carrier and your items, moving boxes should never exceed 50 pounds.
Special items, like a washing machine, should be disconnected from the water and power supply. The water probably seeps out slowly, so it is best to disconnect the washing machine, two/three days before the moving. It’s also a good idea to wrap the washing machine in foil for protection. This not only protects the washing machine itself, but also the walls of your house from damaging.
Mistake nr. 6: Didn’t look at the inventory
Mistake: Often, after a long moving day, you may want to send the movers away as fast as possible so that you can soon get everything sorted out at your new home. You think you’re good to go until you realize that you have no idea what’s inside any of the boxes.
The biggest source of annoyance for movers is deliberately giving up too few things on their inventory list. This inventory list is a list of everything that the movers moved into your new home. Despite movers incorporate a margin of error in their calculation, often much more furniture needs to be moved on the actual moving date.
How to avoid it: The inventory list is incredibly important. Making an inventory will save time when you unpack and help you ensure that the movers didn’t leave anything behind.
Double-check to make sure all of your belongings have arrived safely before signing off on your inventory sheet. If something is missing, make sure that it’s found before signing anything. Your signature releases the moving company of responsibility for lost or damaged items so make sure you have everything you need first.
Mistake nr.7: Not prepping your pets
Mistake: Moving is stressful and doubly so for pets! They can easily get stressed out when there’s unexpected activity in their home or when they’re introduced to a new environment
How to avoid it: They may be uneasy about what is happening, so it may be important to keep their routine as normal as possible. During the move itself, the best way to reduce stress on an animal is to keep them in the quietest area possible. Try to leave them with friends/ family members or a kennel for the day. If that is not possible, at least remove them from the action. This could mean emptying a bedroom on another floor, closing the door or putting them in their carrier.
Take proper caution to ensure they’ll be at a safe temperature and that they have water and food if they will be there for some time and make sure you check in on them regularly.
Mistakes nr. 8: Converting address, contact and other matters too late
Mistake: Forgot to notify the right people and places about your move? It’s better to do this earlier rather than later so that you don’t face potential hassles like missed bills or service lapses.
How to avoid it: it is important that you continue to receive your mail. Contact Royal mail and get your mail be redirected. In this way you will not miss important documents and prevent your personal details failing into wrong hands and becoming victim of fraud.
Mistake nr. 9: Not handling your valuables
Mistakes: Small and light items like jewellery and tablets can become easily damaged and misplaced. Most moving companies won’t, therefore, be held responsible for expensive items, like jewellery. The same goes for any coin collections, documents, fancy cameras.
How to avoid it: You may, therefore, want to pack your valuables carefully and plan to transport them yourself. The safest place to keep them is with you or somewhere safe in your vehicle. Make sure to pack each item in an appropriately sized container or protective case.
Moving is not ideal for electronics, so making a backup beforehand is good insurance, as is making copies of paper documents or scanning them to the cloud for safekeeping.
Keep crucial documents, like insurance forms, medical cards, tax returns and birth and marriage certificates in a safe or otherwise packed away for the move.
Mistake nr. 10: You didn’t pack a survival kit
Mistake: How is it that it’s always the most important items that are the hardest to find after a move? If you packed everything into the moving truck, you made a huge mistake! Despite you’re feeling supremely organized and on top of things, how will you get through your first few nights in your new residence?
How to avoid it: Smart mover make sure they have a moving essential bag, where they store items they can’t afford to lose and/or the items that you know you’ll need on moving day and within the first couple of days at your new place.
Therefore. pack a suitcase that contains everything you’ll need for the first few days in your new home: Your toothbrush, toothpaste, cosmetics, toilet paper, soap, medicine, water bottles, snacks, pyjamas, linens, laptop, and pet food, scissors, a screwdriver, your address book, a flashlight, a map of your new town, coffee and necessary medications for the whole family.
Remember to have enough handy cash, too, so that you’ll be able to tip your movers and pay for that pizza delivery you’ll most certainly need.
If you don’t pack one, you’re probably going to be frantically looking through boxes trying to find a single item,
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