This is a guest post written by Angela Pearse for zumper.com.
Want to know how to move to a new house without getting stressed? Planning an event like this isn’t something you can just throw together at the last minute, there are a lot of different factors to take into account. If you don’t, moving house could be a costly exercise.
We’ve outlined 7 of the most common mistakes that people make when moving into a new place, as well as some helpful tips so you don’t make them too!
1. Not hiring a reputable moving company
Let’s face it, moving into a new place is stressful. But it doesn’t have to be if you go with a reputable moving company. While their moving cost is something you definitely need to factor into your budget, using a cheap company to cut corners can end up costing you more.
Look for a professional company with good reviews or certifications of excellence. You could also ask around your friends, family or colleagues for recommendations. Book your chosen company well in advance of moving day. If they’re good they’ll be in demand.
2. Not decluttering before moving day
Once the movers are booked, people tend to sit back and relax. But not making an effort to declutter your stuff will add to the overall cost, plus create additional work. If you don’t want it or need it, why take it with you when moving to a new place?
Though decluttering can feel like a lot effort, the results are well worth it. Not only will you be able to organise and pack more easily, you may even make some cash if you start selling your unwanted goods on Ebay. Anything you can’t sell you may be able to donate to friends and family, or charity.
3. Not using a moving checklist
Being organised and prepared is key when you’re planning how to move to a new place. But often people just start packing a few days before moving and then get overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do, or forget something important. But armed with a moving checklist you can keep on top of all the tasks you need to do for moving day.
In the checklist you’ll want to list all the tasks involved and then prioritise the ones that are time sensitive, and tick them off as you go along. It’s a good idea to create a checklist at least a couple of months before you move, and keep it in a folder online so you can refer to it often.
4. Not using recycled packing boxes
Many people buy brand new cardboard boxes because it’s easier, but this is a major moving cost that can be avoided. Using cardboard boxes from local business’ recycling bins is free, not to mention much more eco-friendly.
Another option is to post a message on a neighborhood website, Gumtree or Facebook to ask if anyone has packing boxes they don’t need. If someone has just moved you’ll be doing them a big favour by taking them off their hands!
5. Not labeling moving boxes
Neglecting to label moving boxes when packing is a rookie mistake, and one that can lead to frustration when you want to find something in your new place. When packing get some sticky labels and write the room and what type of items are inside.
In fact when you’re planning how to move to your new house, include a box marked ‘essentials’ for the first few days and nights. Your future self will thank you on your first morning when you can easily locate your toothbrush.
6. Not buying insurance for your valuable items
Even if you’re using a reputable company, accidents can happen or items can go missing. Failing to insure your valuable items is a mistake that you’ll only make once. Better that you don’t make it at all by being organised with proper insurance cover. Even though this is another moving cost that you may not want to pay, it is worth it for peace of mind.
7. Not being careful about safety
Getting your stuff from A to B is a big challenge, but you also have to know how to move safely so you and your family get there in one piece. This is another reason why using reputable movers is important, as they’ll have protocols in place for moving large or awkward items. Many people try to move these themselves and end up doing themselves or someone else an injury.
Be especially mindful of children and pets on moving day. It’s best to have them looked after elsewhere, but if this isn’t possible keep them occupied in a room with the door closed until you’ve finished.
As you can see moving to a new place doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow these tips and you’ll avoid the most common moving mistakes. If you put in a little effort to: hire the right people, declutter, use a checklist and insure your valuables, your bank balance will thank you after moving day.
Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.