Moving is a significant event, and you want to avoid as many common mistakes as possible so your household relocation is successful. Making a mistake can waste time and money.
Good organization and planning go a long way toward enjoying a seamless move. Make sure you create a moving checklist to facilitate the move. Then look at the following mistakes people often make so you can proactively avoid these top blunders.
1. Taking on Too Much
Many people try to make a DIY move to save money but then take on more than they can reasonably handle. As a result, they might hurt themselves, damage their belongings, or pay more than they would have by hiring a professional mover. As you start making plans for your relocation, remember what is feasible.
2. Not Decluttering Ahead of Time
It’s natural to amass many items in your home, especially if you’ve lived in one place for a long time. Plan to declutter before you start the packing process. There is no reason to pack and move items you don’t want or need, so scale back, especially if you’re moving to a smaller place. This way, you can start with a clean slate in your new home.
3. Delayed, Rushed, or Careless Packing
Delaying the packing process results in unnecessary stress. Don’t wait until the last minute to pack because it usually results in lost or broken items. If you don’t plan to utilize packing services with a professional mover, start packing a box a day until you’re ready to go. Remember to fill, tape, and label each box appropriately.
4. Packing Too Early
While you don’t want to delay this vital task, you also want to time it right. A good rule of thumb is to start about a month before your move. Carefully choose what you pack – you don’t want to re-open boxes because you need a specific item. Plan to pack non-essentials and things you know you won’t need until after your move.
5. Forgetting to Assemble a ‘First Night’ Box
The first night in a new home is likely to be highly chaotic. Plan to assemble a first night box so you and your family have everything they need at their fingertips. This way, you avoid stress and late-night errands to get what you need.
Your first night box should contain PJs, first-day clothes, toothbrushes, toiletries, snacks, drinks, pet food, toilet paper, bedding, shower curtain, and other essentials. If you have medications, be sure to pack those as well and keep refrigerated essentials cool.
6. Didn’t Book a Mover Early Enough
One task you don’t want to procrastinate on is booking a mover, especially if you’re moving during the late spring or summer. You’re more apt to get your preferred moving date and the best prices if you book as soon as you know your moving timeframe.
- Plan to get at least three estimates
- Ask prospective movers lots of questions
- Check reviews
- Verify licenses
- Confirm with Better Business Bureau,
- Follow up on references.
Reputable companies are happy to share information, answer questions, and address concerns.
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