There’s more to moving than just packing your things and renting a truck. Relocating is an event that requires planning, strategizing, and budgeting. The whole process will be much more stressful if you neglect these factors. Here are some common moving mistakes and how to avoid them for an easier move.
Not planning ahead
Procrastination is your worst enemy when you’re moving. Even if you‘re relocating from one small apartment to another in the same town, planning is essential. It’s best to start planning any move months in advance if possible. That gives you plenty of time to research moving companies, make your travel plans, start packing and make arrangements with your utility companies. It’s a clever idea to keep all your moving plans organized in a binder or app for easy access. You can find or create a moving checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Timing your move carefully can save you a lot of hassle. Think ahead about when the best times to make your move will be. For example, summer is often a hectic time for moving companies because the weather is favorable. However, spring and fall can also be busy, and moving too close to a popular holiday can make it nearly impossible to find available movers. At least a month or two before your moving date, look into your options. The last thing you want is to end up stuck with high rates, the wrong moving company, or no moving company at all. If you’re planning to rent a truck yourself, schedule the rental well in advance to be sure it will be available when you need it. Also, decide what day of the week is the best choice; high demand often makes weekends more expensive. Even the time of day matters, as heavy traffic can make the trip longer and potentially costlier.
Moving unneeded items
Too many people approach packing by simply stuffing everything they own into boxes. This is a surefire way to stress yourself out and spend more than you need to on your move. Moving to a new home is the perfect opportunity to get rid of your unwanted and unused belongings. Go through everything in your home and sell, donate, or throw out things you don’t use or make you happy. Decluttering also makes unpacking easier once you arrive and gives you the chance to buy a few beautiful new items for your new space. Not sure where to start? Look for outdated electronics, books you aren’t likely to reread, and clothes you no longer wear.
Neglecting insurance for valuables
Before you move, contact your insurance agent or take a look at your homeowners’ policy to make sure you understand your coverage. For example, will your policy cover items stolen during your move? Knowing how your policy works will make the process less stressful and help ensure your protection if something goes wrong. You can also ask your moving company about their liability coverage, which may be based on the full cost of replacing your belongings, their assessed value, or their total weight. With some strategic planning and a little research, you can minimize the amount of stress your move has on you and your family.