Moving is hectic and often back breaking—between all the prep work, packing, and the heavy lifting, most people find relocating nothing short of stressful. In the midst of all its craziness, there are some common moving mistakes we all make. Here are five to look out for and avoid during your relocation process:
Hiring Unprofessional Movers
The whole point of hiring professionals is to avoid much of the stress and strain of moving. Employing the help of those who are not pros in the business often leaves people with more stress than if they hired an expert. The horror stories range from being ripped off to having damaged or stolen property. Save yourself trouble and find a reliable, insured company to entrust with your belongings.
Not Being Fully Packed on Moving Day
Begin packing several weeks prior to moving day. The last thing you need when the moving truck shows up is to be carelessly shoving items into boxes or plastic bags. Having everything already boxed saves you time and money. More importantly, it ensures everything is protected from potential damage.
Forgetting About Utilities
Make sure you have your utilities turned on in the new place! When you are tired and have finally arrived into your home, you’ll need electricity, gas, telephone, and other services ready. You can have everything transferred if you call the utility companies ahead of time.
Handing Over Valuables to Movers
No matter how trusted your movers are, it’s best to transport jewelry, money, and anything else deemed valuable yourself. It’ll give you peace of mind and ensure your items arrive safely.
Not Having a Moving Day Kit
It may take days, even weeks, to get to all your boxes. So start packing a bag, or box, with the items you’ll need on moving day and a few days thereafter. Include toiletries, sheet sets, a few changes of clothing, medications, snacks, pet and children supplies, cash, cleaning supplies, limited kitchenware, quick-prep meals, and a toolbox. Don’t forget a first aid kit either! It may come in very handy.