Are you going to be relocating soon? Whether your move will be across the country or just down the block, don’t forget to think ahead. You’ll want to avoid the following top five moving mistakes.
Jumping in Without a Plan – Moving your household does not happen every day. It’s a major life event. Not having a plan is a prescription for chaos. Two or more heads are better than one (yours), so spend a little time with each person in the household to get their help in listing everything to be done before moving day. In addition to packing all belongings, you’ll also need to think about notifying everyone of your new address, arranging time for cleaning your current home, scheduling the disconnection of your current utilities, among many other items. Need a place to start with your plan? Use these checklists on our website to get started.
Dragging Your Feet – The time you’ll need for a move is much the same whether you will be moving out of state or within your local area. While it might seem that you have a lot of time before moving day, if you put off tasks such as packing for too long, your moving experience will be a very stressful one in the end. Organize your belongings in advance and begin to pack weeks before moving day. And be sure to leave out those everyday items you’ll need right up to the day that you move.
Failing to Purge the Junk Before the Move – If you have lived in your current home for more than a year, then chances are you’ve collected clutter and junk that should be discarded, sold or donated instead of being packed and move to take up space in your new house. A proven rule of thumb: If you haven’t needed an item in a year, consider letting it go. The old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” applies here. Think about using social media to get rid of those unwanted items. Waiting too long will likely result in these useless items being transferred to your new home where they will likely languish in the basement or attic – maybe even until your next move!
Having no Method for Packing – As you pack your moving boxes, be sure to place all related items together so that they can go into the same room at your destination. Then label your boxes to show the contents and what room they should be moved to (Example: Books – Den). Organizing your belongings as you pack and labeling properly will save you from having to move items from room to room once everything has arrived at your new home.
Not Realizing How Much You’ll be Moving – If you are hiring a mover, your moving company will need to plan ahead to be sure to have the right size truck for your move. That means you’ll need to know what you’ll be moving – especially if your moving company’s representative will not be visiting in advance to help you evaluate that. Be ready to let your mover know about how many rooms of belongings as well as large appliances and large furniture pieces you’ll be moving as well as your best guess as to how many boxes will be moved. Even if you’re not ready to discuss your move with a moving company, you might want to take a look at the quote form on our website for a list to prompt you in your planning. If you have a good idea of what you have when you’re ready to schedule your move, you’ll get a closer estimate of how much the move will cost you.
Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here at Warners Moving & Storage, we’re all about taking away your stress. We can help you plan your move. We can also provide the supplies you’ll need for packing and more. Then, when moving day arrives, our experienced crew will handle your household belongings as if they were our very own – from loading to unloading.