Moving into a new home is a big step in your life. After all, it requires planning and preparation.
The last thing you would want when you’re moving to a new place is to deal with any hassle during the day of the move. Therefore, you should make sure that you cover all your bases.
One way to cover all your bases is by making sure that you recognise and avoid all the biggest mistakes you could possibly make during the moving process.
On that note, here are eight common mistakes that any person should avoid before they move into their new home.
People tend to be lenient when it comes to how far away their moving day might be and let life sweep them away before they realise that they hadn’t started packing anything yet. It is a huge mistake to procrastinate on your packing for the big moving day.
Even the week before your move isn’t the best time to start packing. As soon as you schedule a moving day, then you should already start chipping away at the number of things you plan on bringing with you to your new home.
Even if the move is several months away, you could start packing the least important things that you don’t use often. Then, as the moving day gets closer and closer, you can then start packing the more important things that you use often.
As long as you don’t do any of this last-minute, the moving day will be smoother for you.
Trying to do it all by yourself
When moving out, you should try not to do everything yourself, especially when you’re moving around heavy furniture. And according to MovingPros Best Removalists Sydney, not only will you increase the likelihood of hurting yourself, but you might also end up breaking your items.
Hence, it is advisable to hire a removalist. Not only will they know how to move things safely, but it will take them faster than you would.
Plus, it’s a lot more difficult to rally up your friends and family to move than it is to hire professional movers.
Not getting an estimate
Before you hire any removalists or movers, you should first compare and contrast their prices. Brand recognition can play a part in the costs of a mover but it can also mean that they are more reliable.
The non-binding estimate is an approximation of how much it would cost to move your items based on the size of your house, as well as its contents, and the location of your new home.
If it’s a binding estimate, then there should be more legalities and contracts involved with it.
Bringing unnecessary items
Since the number of items that you have can rack up the costs of a mover and it can also be quite a hassle to pack everything, there’s no better time than during a move to start whittling down the number of items you own.
Bringing items that you don’t even use into your new home is just you cluttering up your new space.
Consider it as a fresh start. Sell your items, donate clothes, or throw them all together. As long as you get rid of these items that you no longer use, then it should work.
Using the wrong type of boxes
You shouldn’t stick to one size of boxes since not everything is going to weigh the same. If you have lighter and smaller items, then you should put these in larger boxes together.
On the other hand, if it’s a heavy item, then don’t add in other things in its box. Keep the box as small as possible.
It will be so inconvenient, and a little annoying when you’re in your new home, tired from the move, and then have to rifle through boxes upon boxes just to get to one thing that you need.
Thus, you should make sure you have a labelling system for your boxes.
Also, make sure that you label the boxes that are fragile and need to be handled with care so that movers will know to be careful with them.
Having zero insurance
Having some form of insurance during a move will help you get some form of remuneration in case some of your items go missing or end up damaged.
This is especially recommended for when you’re moving more expensive and important items.
Not packing a survival kit
Instead of having to open boxes to get to your essentials on the day of the move, it’s best that you pack a survival kit of sorts.
Pack your essentials like chargers, devices, toiletries, bedding, and so on in a separate bag. That way, you don’t have to go through your boxes when you’re tired from the move.
Moving can be a stressful process, but you can certainly reduce the hassle by being prepared for it. These common mistakes listed above only occur if you aren’t prepared. Thus, you should make sure that you do your prep work way before your moving day.
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