Though exciting, moving day can also be stressful. And this stress can boil over if you don’t properly prepare for the big day. While you’ll likely have to be flexible to some extent on your moving day, you’ll definitely want to avoid certain mistakes to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Here’s a look at five mistakes you’ll want to be sure to avoid:
5 Biggest Moving Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
1. Overall Disorganization
A successful move is an organized move. That said, we always encourage you to make a list of everything you need to do before moving so you can stay on track and aren’t scrambling at the last minute as moving day quickly approaches.
There’s a lot more to a move than just packing your belongings and relocating to a new property. You’ll need to transfer utilities and insurance policies, find a reliable moving company or rent a truck if you’re doing it yourself, not to mention acquire the materials and supplies to pack your items safely. Those are just a small sample of some of what you’ll have to account for with a move.
2. Starting Too Late
Another moving no-no is starting too late. Moving is an ideal time to weed through all of your belongings and sell, donate or recycle the items that you seldom use or don’t see a future with. You’ll also need time to get estimates if you’re hiring a moving company or take a headcount of the friends and family helpers you’re counting on. Plan your move in increments and start things anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks before the move.
3. Hasty Packing
To make moving day go smoothly, you’ll want to pack right. Pack items for individual rooms together and label all boxes to stay better organized. Take the time to wrap valuables or fragile items to ensure they aren’t damaged in the move.
One common mistake is packing heavy items in large boxes, which can damage those things. Pack in phases when prepping for a move. Start with seasonal items you won’t use in the near-term and make your way eventually to more everyday items.
4. Thinking You Can Do it All Yourself
Don’t underestimate the chore of moving. Many people assume they can handle it all themselves only to become overwhelmed as moving day approaches. A reputable, reliable moving company can help make the household moving process go smoothly. Make sure you do your homework and select one that is licensed, insured and is willing to give you an accurate estimate.
5. Clean the Home You’re Leaving
You’ll also want to be sure to leave some time to properly clean the home you’re leaving. This is especially true if you’re leaving a rental property and could risk deferring some or all of a security deposit if the home is not left in the condition agreed upon in the contract. Regardless of the property, you’ll always want to give the new occupant the courtesy of entering a clean home.
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