Moving to a new home is more than packing up your things and calling up a moving company. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they decide to move:
1. Hiring the Wrong Movers
Working with the right moving company is half the battle. Hiring an experienced and reliable professional mover can help you save time, effort and ensure the safety of your fragile and valuable belongings. However, make sure you do a background check on the movers you are hiring and get quotes from multiple service providers before choosing the one with the best service, reviews and rates.
2. Leaving it to the Eleventh Hour
Unexpected delays due to traffic, the weather or even last minute packing and unpacking can increase the time, hassle and costs involved with the move. Plan ahead, pack in advance and stay ready with a backup plan in case something goes wrong.
3. Ignoring the Clutter
Take a look around the house, and spend time taking out all the useless items lying around or stored in cupboard, attic and garage. Work with your family to figure out what you really need in your new house, and what can be left behind. Discard or recycle the items that are unneeded, or sell them off in a garage sale.
4. Not Keeping Inventory
Label all your boxes, make sure items for different rooms and different sections of the house are in correctly labeled boxes. Keep a list with you and give it to your mover too so that nothing is misplaced. In case you are transporting valuables, ask your mover about insurance options available.
5. Not Planning Ahead
Even if you are leaving behind your bachelor pad, moving requires a substantial amount of planning and time. Haphazard or last minute packing not only will confuse you when you land in your new home, but may also damage a lot of your things while they are being transported. The best way is to start a few weeks ahead, and tackle one room at a time.
6. Forgetting about Cleaning and Utilities
If you are doing too many things at the last minute, chances are you might forget about basic essentials like turning off the electricity and gas supply, informing the cable company about the address change, or cleaning the old house. The condition of your home matters a lot if you are selling the place or are handing the keys back to the landlord.
While moving may seem like a herculean task, especially when you look around at the stuff you have collected over the years, a little planning can actually make things a lot more easier.