When moving to a new location, there are many tasks to be done beforehand to make sure everything gets there in one piece, on time. Here are some of the mistakes that are often made when making a move. Read them over so you do not become a victim of a moving mishap yourself!
Mistake #1: Hiring a Mover Without Checking References
One thing you should make a point in doing when moving is check on the reliability of the moving company before handing over your cash. You do not want to hire someone without experience or you risk having dishes broken and electronics stolen. They might take extra time to do the job, as well. Check references of companies by doing online searches and asking others in the area about the service they have received.
Mistake #2: Forgetting to Turn on Utilities
Before you make your move, have your power turned on! Imagine getting to your new home to spend your first night inside with flashlights. Camping may be fun, but not when you want to take in the sights and sounds of a home you just moved into. Call the local electric company at least a week in advance to give them ample time to flip the switch on for you.
Mistake #3: Skipping Moving Insurance
If you don't take the time to make sure the insurance your mover is using is enough for your needs, you may be stuck with a bunch of broken items and no way to get money from them. Ask the moving company upfront about their insurance policy. If you are less than thrilled with their policy, you can opt to find someone who promises more. Check on renter's and homeowner's policies, as well. There may be a rider you can put on your insurance to cover replacing lost items when moving.
Mistake #4: Last Minute Packing
If you know you are a procrastinator, you will want to remind yourself several times that you cannot afford to wait to pack. You must change your habit when it comes to moving, or you may be left with a mess when you try to pack your items last minute. Plan on packing items every single day from at least a month before your move so you won't get left scrambling, throwing things on the truck without proper packaging.
Mistake #5: Being Poorly Organized
If you organize your items before placing them on the moving truck, things will be a whole lot easier to unpack when they get to your new location. Make sure to label boxes with large print and include the room the items will belong in. Pack a container that has essentials in a clear storage container so it will be easily found. Include things like a phone charger, flashlight, paper plates, plastic utensils, toiletries, and spare clothing. If you get tired from bringing things in the house, you can grab your clear container and get through the first night without opening another box until the next day.