Although moving house is invariably stressful, some people make it harder on themselves than others. There are so many different things to think about, and in all the chaos it can be easy to make serious moving blunders. These can slow and complicate the process severely. I’m sure you don’t want to do this, so here are some of the worst moving mistakes you can make.
First of all, not checking the references of several moving companies. While most established moving companies will give you an adequate service, you have to be careful. In recent years, there’s been a huge rise in scams which use moving company fronts. Luckily, there are some simple ways to check you’re not going to be scammed. You should exercise extreme caution if the company is operating without a website. This is more or less a given for modern moving companies. However, not having any web presence makes scammers a lot harder to track down. Polished websites like the one from All-Ways Moving are a good quality check to use. Aside from that, finding impartial reviews on the movers you’re browsing is a good idea. You might get a nasty shock in the process!
Another big mistake is failing to ask your movers questions. Obviously, a moving company isn’t going to turn up offering any other service. However, you should still ask a lot of questions to make sure you’re getting everything you need. Get some estimates and find out how they draw them up. Find out exactly what their insurance will cover, and if there will be any extra costs for rendered services. Make sure to check their inventory sheet meticulously as well. If your household items are sharing space with another client’s, then it can be fairly easy for them to be left behind. I know you want to get it out of the way, but always read the inventory before signing. If you don’t nip this problem in the bud, it can mean all kinds of stresses further down the line.
Finally, not leaving yourself enough time to pack. You’re probably fairly organised, so you may have laughed at this point! However, loads of people manage to misjudge the time it takes to pack up everything in the house. As soon as you set a definite moving date, you should be packing. Do this little by little if you have the time, but make sure it maintains some kind of structure. Start off with all the things which you’re not going to need between now and moving day. All that junk in the attic with sentimental value are a great place to begin! Keeping the contents of different rooms together will also simplify unpacking on the other end. As you’re probably aware, packing is a long and tedious process. However, if you start now, it doesn’t have to be!
These three tips will save you from a lot of the stress involved in moving house. On the big day, keep a positive attitude, and keep thinking about that lovely new home!