When it comes to moving, it is often a stressful time in one’s life. Most people are going to have to go through it several times in their lives. According to the Survey of Income and Housing, 19% of people moved twice, 17% moved three times, and 11% moved five or more times. Two out of five Australians move within every 5 years based on census population statistics. That is a lot of moving! Being able to avoid making mistakes will help the whole process go smoother for all the people who are moving around quite a bit. Here are 10 mistakes we hope we can help you avoid on your next move:
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- Not Sorting Through Your Things Ahead of Time
As soon as you know you are moving, you should sort through your belongings and give away or sell what you don’t want to take with you. So often, we see that people will pack and move things including clothing or even furniture and then decide they don’t want it after the fact. Sorting through ahead of time and going through the process 2 or 3 times will ensure you are packing and bringing with you only the things you want to keep in your new home.
- Don’t Think You Have More Time
Procrastination is a mover’s worst enemy. Plan out a schedule for to sort, clean, and pack ahead of time. Use it religiously to keep you on track for moving day. Have a plan going backward from moving day, the day before, the week before, and so on all the way to the present day. All too often people think they have more time and it leads to a very tired and stressed out family on moving day because so much was left for the last minute. Whatever you can do in advance, do it! Your future self will thank you. This includes vacuum seal bagging linens you don’t use and out of season clothing. Start packing up things you don’t regularly use as far in advance as possible because moving day tends to creep up on you and many more tasks are added along the way.
- The Cheapest Isn’t Always the Best Way to Go
We get it. Moving is expensive. That is why Budget offers such great deals and special offers on moving truck rentals. Remember that with moving companies, the old saying “you get what you pay for” still stands. There are scams out there that victimize people moving and not only take their money, but never deliver all of their belongings where they were supposed to. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is! Check references and/or read online reviews.
- Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
You know that you are moving well in advance, so don’t wait too long to book your moving truck rental. When you book early, there will be more available and you have time to explore your options and compare prices rather than settle for “what’s left”. This also goes for moving services, if you are hiring a company to help you move, be sure to do it as far in advance as possible. As soon as you know your moving date, you should book your moving truck rental and moving services. You also will be able to rest easy and have the peace of mind that your moving truck is reserved and all ready for you on moving day.
- Don’t Forget to Include Items in Your Moving Estimate
When you are preparing to move, you base your moving truck size rental on what you are moving. If you plan on selling some furniture or a friend is taking something for you, remember that you didn’t make room for that if your friend decides he doesn’t want the couch anymore or if you don’t sell everything you planned. If all of your furniture won’t fit, it will cause you to have to make two trips or pay for extra moving services.
- Not Purchasing Insurance Can Be a Costly Mistake
Don’t try to save money by not purchasing movers insurance. A number of different scenarios can lead to a sad ending to your furniture. Different insurance packages are available that will protect your furniture and belongings from accidents and damage during the move. Be sure to photograph or video the condition of your belongings before the move. This will help with the insurance claim by showing proof of what everything looked like just before they were damaged during the move.
- Read All the Contracts
Not reading all the contracts and details of your moving truck rental or an agreement with professional movers can be a big mistake. Of course, it should be read before you sign it, and read in details to make sure that you understand all of the nuances, rules, return times, and pricing schedule.
- Packing Your Valuable with Everything Else
If you have a fancy collection, wine, expensive cameras, or jewelry, plan on keeping those with you during the move. Don’t place them in harm’s way with the boxes and heavy furniture inside the moving truck.
- Don’t Forget about Your Pet
Not that you are going to ever actually “forget” your pet, but this applies to forgetting what they need to move. Visit your vet and get all the necessary documents, records, and paperwork for your pet. Be sure that you have special accommodations for your pet during moving day and for the move itself.
- Don’t Forget about Your Plants
Similar to your pets, your plants need special care when moving as well. Make sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your plants during the move. If you are moving across state lines, you might need to check to ensure there aren’t any restrictions on bringing certain types of plants into other states.
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