Moving is difficult task. But if you forget to consider some of these moving mistakes you’ll make your move much more difficult than it needs to be. Or worse, you’ll end up with a full-fledged moving disaster. Below are the ten most common moving mistakes.
1. Waiting too long to book your movers.
Waiting too long, especially during the peak summer season, can cause big problems. You may not be able to get the dates you want with your preferred mover, and if this date is you deadline for the move, you may have to pay more to realize the move. Most people start packing after their move is booked, after you book the move you may not have enough time for packing and other preparations. Try to plan your move six to eight weeks before your date.
2. Using unlicensed movers.
There are a lot of stories about scams and frauds perpetrated by unlicensed movers. These can range from requiring deposits, to unexplained fees to flat out collecting a deposit and not showing up on moving day. To avoid this moving mistake check that your movers are licensed.
3. Underestimating how much work moving is.
We sometimes forget how much work has to be done when we don’t do it regularly. If your last move was long time ago , don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s no big deal. Finding a new home, gathering estimates, planning the move, packing: It’s a lot of work and time for you and your family and probably there are other duties you have. Take the time to plan, and get additional help if you need it, no matter if it’s hiring someone to clean, taking advantage of a packing service and etc.
4. Not keeping track of your paperwork.
There’s a lot of paperwork involved in a move. Be sure you hang on to the estimate, move order and inventory/bill of lading, and that you sign all documents. Most importantly, check your inventory and bill of lading against what’s delivered, and be sure to inform about any visible damage to furniture and boxes before you sign off at the end of your move. Don’t do this moving mistake to neglect the paperwork.
5. Procrastinating on packing.
Procrastination may seem harmless, until it’s the day before you move and your whole house needs to be packed quickly. Rushed packing is sloppy packing, and you’re more likely to damage items if you pack them in a hurry. And if you don’t manage to get everything packed when the movers arrive, you may cost extra as they stand while you finish packing. Start packing three to four weeks in advance of your move.
6.Packing boxes too heavy or too full.
Boxes that are too heavy can cause accidents, injury, or both. No matter if it’s a dropped box or the box breaking apart from the weight, the end result may be causing damage on items. Boxes that are packed too full, can cause the sides or top to bow and break. If you can’t get the top to close flat, remove some items and packed them in another box. If you struggle to move a box out of the of the room, it’s probably too heavy and should be re-packed into smaller boxes.
7.Changing your address.
It’s not enough to file the change of address form in the post office only. You should inform about your new address the banks, insurers, employers, healthcare providers and more. Do the change of the address the week before your move, so that the new residents don’t get your credit card offers and other sensitive information.
8.Not saving receipts.
Moving isn’t a cheap.If your employer is paying for your move, you’ll probably need receipts to deduct for moving expenses. It would be easier to have a file folder or large envelope for receipts, so they stay together. You may want to write on the receipts notes to help you remember what they’re for.
9. Forgetting to take care for the utilities.
Not disconnect a utility can be expensive mistake. Forgetting to request service can be a major disruption. No one wants to move into a dark, cold house, or live without running water for a couple of days. In order to keep track you should create a list of all the utilities that need to be turned off, and the ones that need to be paid.
10. Not taking a break.
Moving is a long process and tiring process. Plan a few nights where you can rest, and do nothing for the move, either by having a night out with friends or simply staying in and relaxing with a book or movie.