Buying a home can be exciting, but moving to a new house isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. Indeed, most first-time home buyers find it downright frustrating. This typically stressful time may involve frantically phoning around to ensure that all legal matters are taken care of, while simultaneously packing your life away into boxes.
However, by keeping an eye on the following 5 common mistakes, moving to a new neighbourhood or to a new country can be a relatively smooth and stress-free process.
Leaving Everything to the Last Minute
Many first-time home buyers fall into the trap of thinking they have more time to move than they actually do. It’s easy to underestimate how long the process takes, but the consequences of doing so can be extremely costly. Researching several moving companies is essential and ensures you get a fair price and decent service. Leaving this to the last minute means you may be forced to go with whoever is available, which can be expensive at best and a disaster at worst.
It also takes a long time to pack your life away properly. If you leave this to the last minute you’re more likely to forget things, package them poorly with no handling instructions or protection, or neglect to pack efficiently by labeling boxes with what they contain and where they need to be in your new home.
Good practice is to start the ball rolling around 2 months before moving day. Obviously, you don’t need to start packing things away this early, but you can prioritize your tasks, make checklists and arrange a respectable moving service. Early on, arrange the logistics – such as renting storage space, if required – ensure that you will have all the necessary utilities ready for you at your new address, and take a full inventory. As moving day nears, you can gradually tick off the other tasks, ensuring you’re ready to roll on the day with minimal stress. A worry-free moving day leaves you less prone to mistakes, such as losing your essential lading bill.
Not Asking Your Moving Company Enough Questions
Provided you’ve left yourself ample time to book a moving company, it’s well worth doing your research and finding out as much as you can about potential movers. Be sure to check references and reviews and seek companies that offer transparency. When you find one you’re happy with, continue to probe until you know everything you need to know.
Ask exactly which services they provide within their quote and plan accordingly. If the moving company has to perform additional services they didn’t originally quote, you’ll likely incur additional moving fees. Also, check the insurance options they offer; be sure you know how each plan differs and work out which is the most suitable for you. Finally, determine the size of the moving truck to ensure there will be space for your stuff, as well as so you can plan for parking on the day.
Underestimating How Labor Intensive It Is to Move by Yourself
Many new homeowners will try to keep their costs down as much as possible and one service that is often axed is hiring a moving company. However, you might find that the savings don’t really add up. It depends on your circumstances: for smaller moves across town or down the road, it can be better to do it yourself, but for larger moves, it’s often far more practical to call in the professionals.
Hiring a moving company is often lower risk than doing it yourself, as there will be insurance on your items. Moving by yourself is also very labor intensive, especially if you have a lot of heavy furniture to shift. And you – or a friend or family member – can sustain an injury through poor handling, and your home can also get damaged.
Hoarding Unnecessary Items
Buying a new home is a great excuse to sort through your belongings and scrap any unnecessary items. Your things might be stored away and neatly organized in your old home, but the more you have, the harder it will be to pack and move. Selling or giving away unwanted or unused items is a great way to get rid of them and ensures they’ll go to a better place than your new attic. By shedding excess baggage, you pay lower moving costs and spend less time packing and unpacking.
Forgetting about the Essentials
You never know what can happen to your moving truck and it’s wise to prepare for the worst. Keep all important documents and items about your person, where they’re easily accessible and secure. Think about what you’ll need that first night in your new home and prepare for the fact that the moving truck might not make it that day.
Pack toiletries, pet food, a change of clothes and any other provisions you might need for the first day. It’s also wise to pack a torch – it’s possible that the previous owners might have stripped the house bare, including the light bulbs!
With a good plan and an eye on the potential issues that may arise, your moving day can be a success. Avoid these 5 mistakes and you’re well on the way to a stress-free move.