Moving to a new house can be such an exciting time as you’re celebrating the beginning of a new chapter in your life. However, when it comes to the actual operations of moving, it’s not uncommon for things to get very stressful very quickly.
This can sometimes lead to your big day being ruined with stress and drama, but it doesn’t need to be this way if you’re prepared, organised and focused. With hundreds of thousands of people moving to a new house every year, of course, there are mistakes that are going to be made.
Today, we’re going to explore eight of the most common mistakes people make while moving to a new house, and what you can do to avoid them!
#1 – Underestimating the Workload
If you think it’s going to be smooth sailing when it gets to the day of your move, and you’ll simply chuck everything into a box, onto a van and go, this is the biggest mistake you’re going to make.
You need to make sure you’re organised and realise how much work it’s going to take to get everything prepped for moving, ensuring you have enough boxes and ways to move everything, and manpower to get it done.
Careful planning is also crucial – create lists of things you need to bring, schedules and start preparing at least a few weeks before the move.
#2 – Not Keeping Valuables with You
Whether you’ve got expensive jewellery you want to move or something fragile with sentimental value, it’s important to make sure you’re keeping these belongings with you, so you can take extra special care to look after them.
Place them in a box that will come with you if they can fit inside your car. If the items are fragile, a good amount of bubble wrap is essential in keeping them safe. Place jewellery in a box and take it with you as well. Any money or documents should come with you just like things you really don’t want to lose.
#3 – Moving Stuff You Don’t Need
Before it gets to your move date, why not go through all your stuff beforehand and have a proper cleanout. This way, you can clear out the stuff you don’t need, and you won’t have to worry about packing it and then cluttering up your new home with it. You can also get a storage box and put it there. But, the essential part is getting rid of anything that’s not being used, is broken etc.
“Chuck stuff away, sell it, give it to friends and family, or donate it to charity. Whatever you do, don’t spend money on moving things you don’t want” shares Nick Harris, a productivity blogger at UK Writings and Boom Essays.
#4 – Not Keeping Essentials with You
Similar to your valuables, if you get stuck somewhere overnight due to delays you’re going to need easy access to your essentials without having to sift through boxes to find your toothbrush or baby’s favourite toy.
Bring the essentials with you – these items could fit into a small bag or box and be easily packed in your car’s trunk or back seat.
#5 – Don’t Forget to Notify Mail
“Be sure to spend time thinking about all the people you get letters and mail from, and then make sure you’re calling them up or going online and changing your address! This includes everyone from family and friends to utility companies and your default Amazon shipping address” explains Mary Turner, a lifestyle writer and editor for Essay Roo and Elite Assignment Help.
Make a list of all of your subscriptions, payments or bills that arrive at your current address and notify them early on that your address will change. Then, make a list of all the relatives who send mail often and let them know about your new address.
#6 – Forgetting Electronic Backups
Imagine how much stuff you have on your laptop, phone and tablet, and imagine if all that stuff disappeared from your computer and you could never get it back ever again. If you’re packing your electronics into boxes, this could be the case if they’re damaged, so be prepared and instead make a backup of your important data.
#7 – Not Preparing Your Pets
Pets take a lot of organising and prep work to make sure they’re happy when moving to a new house. Whether you’re boarding them to be looked after for a few days, or you’re using a professional pet moving service, plan this area of the move months in advance.
#8 – Using a Dodgy Moving Company
When you’re looking for a moving company to help you move you may think you’ll be okay with a man-with-a-van who can ship your stuff around, hopefully opting for the lowest price.
However, cheap doesn’t always mean good, and if you’re choosing someone who’s careless, could break your belongings, and probably doesn’t have insurance, this choice could going to leave you with problems.
Pick a moving service based on recommendations from friends and family or based on their good reviews online. Discuss the details of your move with them. Remember that it’s always better to look for quality than low price.
Moving to a new house can be extremely stressful, but it doesn’t have to be the case. By avoiding these mistakes, you can not only have a more positive experience, but you can also save money and hassle!
~ Article submitted by Freddie Tubbs, a communication manager at Academized. Freddie regularly takes part in online blogging and communications events, and contributes posts to Australian help and Paper Fellows blogs.