While finding the perfect home is an exciting milestone in life, the actual act of moving might not be met with as much positivity. Moving can be stressful as you say goodbye to your old home and work tirelessly to pack up the life that you built there. Since there is so much that goes on during the moving process, there are many opportunities to make mistakes. That’s why we put together some of the most common moving mistakes that we come across and our suggestions on how to avoid them.
Not Hiring a Reputable Moving Company
Hiring the right moving company can make or break your moving experience. You’re trusting others to take care of your most personal and prized possessions. With something this important, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to select a moving company. It’s a common move to put off selecting a reputable company and end up feeling unsupported and stressed on your moving day.
Don’t fall for this mistake! Start your search early and ask questions! Talk to a variety of companies to see who is the best fit for you. Additionally, you should look for certifications that signify top-notch service and gather information about the services that are important to you.
Not Comparing Moving Estimates
After you found a few reputable companies, you should ask for and compare estimates! Moving companies will either perform an in-home estimate to give you a quote or provide you with one online. If you skip this step, you may end up paying more than you should when you make the move.
Not Asking the Right Questions
Asking questions sounds great, but what exactly should you be asking? There’s a lot to clarify with your moving company about their services and the overall process that will help you get prepared for your move. One suggestion to help you navigate through this is to separate your questions into two categories. Begin with questions that will help you get to know the company themselves and then shift to questions that will focus on finding the right service for your move. Some questions include:
- How many years have you been in business?
- Do you have references for your service?
- Is your moving company licensed, bonded, and insured?
- How do you determine the cost of the move?
- Is this a binding or non-binding estimate?
- Are there any extra fees I should know about?
- Do you offer packaging services?
The updater has even more questions that you can use in one of their articles, which you can find here.
Not Consolidating Your Home Before Moving Day
One of the most common mistakes is overpacking for the move to your new home. This is harmful for two key reasons. First, it adds to the cost of moving, and second, it creates additional work when it comes to packing and unpacking.
Take this time as an opportunity to declutter and sort through your belongings to ensure that you’re only taking the things that you need and want with you to your new home. Make separate piles for items that can be sold, donated, and thrown away.
Not Measuring and Planning Accordingly
One thing you will want to consider doing is measuring your new home to ensure that all of your furniture will be able to fit. That last thing that you’ll want on your moving day is to find out that your sofa doesn’t fit in the new space - or even through the door for that matter!
Talk to your real estate agent about your options for getting into your new home ahead of the move and taking measurements. They will be able to work with the seller to determine if there is a day and time that they would be open to you coming in to get that done ahead of the final walkthrough. Your future self will thank you!
Waiting Too Long To Start the Move
When you’re faced with the task of making a big move, it’s often difficult to determine where to get started. You may want to put it off, which can lead to additional stress once that moving day arrives and can lead to items getting overlooked.
To help you get started, create a moving checklist for yourself. This will help you organize sensitive tasks, get ahead on your responsibilities and must-do items, and keep everything organized.
Not Labeling Moving Boxes
One mistake that is extremely easy to avoid is not labeling your moving boxes. This small misstep can result in hours of digging through boxes to find the items that you need while you’re packing and unpacking. Help your future self out by using colored packing tape to designate each room and put a label on the box that lets you know what items are inside.
Additionally, one other big mistake is not packing a bag of the necessities. You won't be able to unpack all of your belongings in one night so help yourself out by packing a separate bag of all of your necessary items, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, other toiletries, prescriptions, chargers, keys, and a change of clothes. Additionally, be sure that you know where your bedding is packed away, which will be easy if you follow the tips we mentioned above!
Waiting Too Long to Forward Mail and Transfer Utilities
Forwarding your mail and transferring your utilities may not always be top of mind when you’re getting ready to move. However, this is an important step to start thinking about early. To ensure that you don’t end up in a situation where your mail gets lost in transit, begin the process of forwarding your mail a few weeks before your move. Fill out a change of address form and indicate your moving date and that you’re permanently moving to the stated address. It’s always a good idea to speak to a representative at your local post office to determine what other steps you’ll need to take to ensure a smooth transition.
As far as utilities go, have a conversation with your provider and let them know your moving date. You can plan your termination date on your current address to coincide with the last day in your new home and start the service on move-in day. This way, you can ensure you won't be left in the dark when you finally move into your new place!
We know that moving can be stressful! There are a lot of things happening at the same time, and it can be easy to push off thinking about it until moving day arrives. However, with a little preparation and research, you can ensure that your moving day runs smoothly. You may even be surprised how not stressful the experience is due to you taking the time to plan ahead. Moving can signify a fresh start and a chance to make your new space exactly what you want it to be. If you’re ready to take on the moving process, give us a call today and we can start searching for your next home sweet home.