Moving home offers the exciting opportunity of a fresh start. However, the moving process can often be an extremely stressful time, largely as the result of several mishaps. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
Packing last minute
The last thing you want to be doing is spending the whole night before moving day packing. You may forget things and you’re likely to be drained on the day of the move. Start packing months before going through the house one room at a time. Tackle the rooms with the most amount of clutter first – you then have time to sell and donate items you don’t want to keep. Leave kitchen utensils and toiletries until last.
Not getting kids and pets out of the way
Kids and pets will get under your feet on moving day. Arrange a friend or relative to look after them whilst you move to avoid any accidents with fragile items or injuries. If anything, it will speed up the process as you won’t have to constantly be keeping an eye on their whereabouts.
Not labelling everything
It’s unlikely you’ll want to pack everything as soon as you’ve moved in. Getting to the priority items will be difficult if you don’t know which boxes which items are located in. Label every box so that you know exactly what’s inside. You could even take a picture of contents with your phone so that you don’t have to list every item. Labelling items will also notify you of any fragile belongings that need to be handled carefully.
Picking the wrong removals vehicle
When choosing a removals company, you’ll often have the choice between a lorry or a van. A van is more suited to small moves – if you’ve got lots of possessions, you’ll be making lots of journeys back and forth. A lorry meanwhile is better suited for large moves – choose this for a small move and you could be paying for more than you realistically need.
Forgetting about cleaning
Not cleaning may result in a fine by an agent or landlord. Even if you’re selling independently, it’s common courtesy to clean the property before the next owner moves in – they’re likely to be unhappy with you if you leave it in a state. You can find cleaning services online who will be able to clean the property for you. This can save a lot of the stress of having to clean it yourself and ensure that the job is done to a professional standard.
Forgetting to change address details
Forgetting to change address details on subscriptions and other delivery services could result in important mail getting sent to your old house, which you don’t receive as a result. Making a list of important services to inform can be useful. You can use an online change of address service to automate all of this and make it less taxing.