Changing locations can be a transition that requires a whole lot of work. A lot of consideration goes into the sheer amount of planning that is necessary when you are getting ready for a big move. With this, it is almost inevitable that you will make at least one mistake of one form or another. To mitigate the chances of your mistake being a big and serious one, make sure to read through our list. Here we outline some of the most common mistakes people make when moving. Hopefully you can avoid anything going wrong by taking this list of scenarios into consideration.
This is a list of mistakes you don’t want to make when moving.
You pack your belongings too early.
I can completely understand why this mistake happens so often. In almost all areas of a move, preparation is key. Being prepared ahead of time can help for a seamless move. However, this is not necessarily the case when you pack your things too soon. If you pack up everything too early, you will experience many moments when you need something that is already tucked away. You still have a significant of time to live in your new home. By removing access to your things too soon can be more of a burden than a blessing. This may cause you to unpack and repack multiple times, or have to do without daily essentials. To avoid this, prepare to pack ahead of time, but do not do your actual packing until the time is right.
You start packing your things too late.
On the other side of the spectrum, it is very easy to start packing too late. People typically have a tendency to underestimate the amount of time involved in organizing their belongings. We all have piles of things in places we have forgotten about that require far more hours to organize than we would anticipate. Beginning your packing too late is likely worse than starting early. The big day of your move is often tiring enough, you don’t want to have to stay up all night just to be ready. Typically, you can run off the assumption that each room will require one or one and a half days to pack up. Whether or not you want to cut it close or give yourself some extra time is up to you.
You do not research your moving company.
If you are hiring a moving company, it’s important that you are satisfied with the service you will receive. This way both you and the business can walk away happy. Pay for a service that suits your needs and make sure you trust your movers in advance. This will alleviate the stress of a move tremendously.
You don’t pack a moving essentials bag.
When packing up your entire home worth of things, it’s really easy to get stuck in pack mode and box up some regular essentials that you will need before and immediately after your move. This can include dishes, hygiene items, clothing, documents, keys, etc. Essentially, you will want to keep anything you could possibly require access to separate from the rest of your boxed belongings. You can do this by choosing a specific bag or box and leaving it specifically for the packing of your essential items. It is generally a good idea to make a list of your essential items before you begin any packing whatsoever. If not, you run the risk of digging through already packed things trying to organize your essentials bag, which kind of defeats the entire purpose.
You don’t make a budget for your move.
Moving costs money. If you don’t plan out these expenses ahead of time, you run the risk of them piling up and compounding in ways you couldn’t have ever foreseen. Take your moving companies estimate seriously, and then consider the other expenses you will accrue on your end of things. How much gas will you burn through? How much time will you need to take off work? Make sure you are comfortable with the amount you are spending before you commit to anything.
You try to move too much on your own.
A DIY move can be a cost efficient option, but it also requires a lot of work. Before you choose to consider this as an option, make sure you have the available resources and time to be able to do so. Sometimes, it is simply worth the money to hire a moving company. Be honest about the amount of labour necessary and how much you will be able to accomplish. Being realistic with yourself will provide you with the right answer about what you should do next.
You don’t get the right moving insurance.
Depending how much and where you are trying to move, buying insurance may be important for your situation. If that is the case, you will need to put in your due diligence and make sure you are purchasing the proper option for your situation. If your plan is unable to cover you for what you need, you should reconsider your current package. The same applies for the opposite end of the spectrum. You certainly do not want to pay too much for a plan if you do not need the additional protection. Do your research and make sure you are choosing the option that is right for you.
For many people, hiring a moving company can help ease the stress and confusion of a big transition. Our professional team can help you plan and organize your move, taking care of the hardest parts on your big day. If you are interested in commercial or residential moving or packing services, Spring moving offers quality service at an affordable cost. Please visit our quote page and receive an estimate for your move!