Statistics show that moving is one of the most stressful experiences that someone can go through. Even though it can be an exciting new beginning, it’s also a lot of work. There’s a lot that can go wrong throughout the process, so it’s in your best interest to have as smooth of a transition as possible.
If you’re in the process of moving or preparing to move soon, here are some of the most important mistakes that you should look out for.
Packing at the Last Minute
Your “laissez faire” attitude on life may work fine for you in some scenarios—however, moving should not be one of them. In order to make sure that everything gets done in a timely and efficient manner, you’ll need to plan ahead. Waiting until the last minute to pack your boxes is a recipe for disaster.
The more people in your household, the more planning you’ll require. Ideally, you should start packing at least a month in advance, if not sooner. The more belongings you have, the more time you should give yourself to get it all done. If packing sounds just about as exciting as doing your taxes, then you may want to consider hiring someone else to do it for you.
Not Changing Your Address
Surprise! The mailman doesn’t automatically know when you move. If you hope to continue to receive your important mail, then you’ll need to file a change of address. Many people are so wrapped up with all of the details of moving that they forget this critical detail. As a result, they miss important bills or packages that wind up getting returned to the sender.
Not Getting Moving Insurance
If you’ve never moved before, then you’re in for a rude awakening. You’re probably going to break at least one or two things throughout the process. When you’re moving fragile objects from one location to another, passing through the hands of several people, something is bound to get damaged. If nothing gets broken, something either gets seriously damaged, or you’re some kind of wizard.
For this reason, it’s critical that you get moving insurance. Even if you hire a moving company, it’s not guaranteed that damages will be covered. Check with your home insurance provider about what they recommend to protect your valuables as much as possible.
Not Setting a Whole Day Aside For Cleaning
Believe it or not, no matter how clean you think your house is, there are all sorts of things lurking behind and under your furniture. Once your house is empty, you might be surprised just how much grime there is to clean. Don’t make the mistake of assuming a quick sweep will do the trick. You’ll need at least one full day of cleaning to ensure that your house is up to par for the next people who live there!