Moving has been found to be one of the most stressful life events. It’s only right, then, that you put the time in to ensure any avoidable mistakes don’t crop up.
With a booming real estate market, around 100,000 Americans move every single day. There are certain things out of your control that can throw a plain-sailing house move up in the air; buyers dropping out and seller delays are both unpreventable happenings.
But when you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and moving day arrives, there are tips to follow to ensure preventable last-minute errors don’t arise.
Avoiding these common moving mistakes helps you get into your new home stress-free!
Give yourself enough time
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Unfortunately, moving isn’t something that you can leave to the last minute. For things to run smoothly, you can’t turn up and expect all of your personal items to magically transport to your new home.
It’s easy to underestimate how much time it takes to organize packing your belongings and having the right amount of packing materials at hand also throws people off. Take time to prep and you’ll streamline the process – making the moving experience as pleasant as possible.
Measure your furniture
Does your sofa fit the dimensions of your new lounge? Is there enough space to fit your dining table and chairs?
You might think they’ll fit in easily but if you haven’ taken measurements, you could be in for an unfortunate surprise.
The last thing you want is for you to go through the stress of moving your furniture only to realize that it’s unsuitable for your new property. If you know this in advance, you can sell your surplus furniture and get new furniture that matches your new dimensions.
Number your boxes
This might seem like a waste of time, but you’ll be grateful you did this when you come to unpack your boxes.
Take the time after you fill each box to number it and create a list of what items are within each box. This way, you will know exactly where everything is and be able to easily locate all the items that you need first.
Forgetting to book a moving company in advance
You can have everything in place for your move but all of this can become undone if you fail to book an established moving company in advance. The best moving companies get booked up well in advance during the late spring and summer season (when most house moves take place), so it’s imperative to not leave it until the last minute.
Give yourself at least a couple of months to book your moving company, especially if you are moving during the busy period.
Notifying utility providers
Transferring your utilities might not be the most glamorous job, but who wants to go without hot water, electricity, and internet for the first few days in a new home?
You should contact your providers around two weeks before your moving date so that they can schedule a transfer or installation date.
Packing an essentials bag
What’s the last thing you’ll want to do when you finally get all those boxes into your new home? Yep, unpack them all. With an emergency bag filled with essentials, you won’t need to trudge through your stack of boxes searching for your toothbrush or baby’s blanket.
This takes the pressure off on the evening you arrive in your new home and means you can leave the unpacking until the next day.