Whether you’re switching to a new rental apartment or buying a new home, moving day can be a stressful time. However, there are plenty of ways to make things run smoother. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you should never do when moving house.
Not Booking Your Moving Day in Advance
Whether you’re moving across the country or just into a new neighborhood, moving is a time-consuming and tricky process. Most movers choose to hire a professional moving company to help with the move. However, too many people don’t realize the importance of booking in advance. Leaving it to the last few days before moving can spell disaster — many reputable moving companies are booked up months in advance.
Instead, once you know your moving date, it’s well worth contacting moving companies and booking the date. Even if you decide to make the move yourself, it’s best to schedule van hire in advance if required.
Not Doing Your Research
Following on from the previous point, it’s important to research moving companies or van rental companies. There are many less-than-reputable moving companies out there, and if you leave your belongings in their hands, you might have problems with losses, damages and delays. Also, by researching different companies, you can be sure to get better prices.
Referrals from friends and family are fantastic, but failing that, look online for reviews and accreditations.
Leaving the Packing until the Last Minute
One sure-fire way to bring a whole lot of stress to your moving process is by not packing your belongings in advance. This normally leads to forgetting things, breaking fragiles and rising tensions. Ideally, you should start packing at least a month in advance.
Start with those items you seldom use, like seasonal clothes and get them packed away and organized. Then, as the moving day creeps closer, get everything carefully boxed up, maximizing the space you have so that you’re not left with hundreds of half-filled boxes. If you’re really strapped for time, some moving companies offer professional packaging services.
Not Discussing the Details with Your Moving Company
It’s one thing to book a moving company in advance and have all your belongings packed up in time for moving day, but if the truck that arrives is the wrong size, then things can soon get stressful. A good moving company will initiate discussions about how much you plan to transport, the dimensions of larger items and whether there are any particularly fragile items. Be sure to give all the details, and if anything changes, make sure to communicate this. In addition, make sure you know the cost in advance and preferably get it in writing.
Forgetting to Check the Dimensions
When you move home and plan to take bulky items, it’s essential that you take measurements of both the items in question and the doors in your new home. You need to know if everything is going to first fit through the doors. Next, measure the rooms to be sure there’s space for your larger belongings.
Not Preparing an Emergency Bag
This little bag of essentials can be really useful on your first day or two in your new home. It’s basically filled with everything you need close to hand, such as a change of clothes, toiletries, a flashlight and the tools you need for building furniture, among other items you consider essential. In the worst-case scenario, it provides all the survival gear you need if there’s a delay with the moving company or issues with utilities.
Forgetting to Arrange Utilities and Change of Address
One of the most common things that movers forget is to arrange utility hook-ups in their new homes. This can lead to days without water or power, making for a nightmarish start to life in your dream home. Additionally, it’s important to arrange for the utilities in your old home to be shut off, or you might find yourself paying for things you’re not using.
In the same vein, be sure to let the postal service know that you’re changing your address and arrange for a forwarding service.
Packing Things that Are a Waste of Space
Moving into a new home is a great opportunity to get rid of all types of things that have been cluttering up your previous home. Make sure to avoid perishable or expired food and medicine, old clothes and linens, toiletries and dangerous items such as flammables and chemical hazards like pesticides.
Bulky, heavy items should also be avoided, as these can be expensive to transport, while things like custom-made furniture perhaps won’t fit in your new home.