Hi everyone! Today’s post was written by Suzie Wilson. She’s sharing some great tips for moving that I wish I’d known when we moved into our new house three years ago! Suzie is an interior designer with more than 20 years of experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. Visit her site Happier Home and check out some of the great stuff she’s sharing there.
How to Avoid the Top Five Moving Mistakes
Moving is an exercise in controlled chaos. Anything can go wrong without careful planning. Learn more about the worst mistakes that can come your way on moving day and how to avoid them.
Moving at the Wrong Time
Many families wait until the summertime to move since the kids will be out of school. However, this can result in higher moving costs and fully booked moving companies. Though we don’t always have the luxury of choosing when we move, do try to aim for early spring to get the best costs possible while taking advantage of the good weather. Similarly, many people choose to move on a Friday, so that they have the weekend to unpack—again, resulting in higher moving fees. If you can arrange it, plan to move on a different day of the week.
Forgetting to Research Moving Companies
Many movers wait until the last minute to book a moving company, which can mean higher fees and fewer chances of finding an available mover. Make sure you book a company as soon as you know when your moving day will be. Of course, you can’t simply pick the cheapest mover and expect a smooth experience. As with any professional hire, who you choose must be licensed and come highly recommended. See if any reviewers have pointed out red flags indicating moving fraud. For added safety, it’s also good to confirm whether the movers do an in-person inspection of your possessions before giving you an estimate. If they don’t, this might be a scam, so be vigilant.
Not Finding Ways to Save on Moving Day
Though reserving a moving truck is a common option, many don’t realize that there are other transportation options that can help you save money on your move. For example, if you’re not comfortable with driving your goods yourself, you can rent a moving storage container instead. It’s a less overwhelming option than driving a truck since you can choose from among multiple sizes. The container is delivered to you on a date of your choosing, and you load it with your belongings. Then, you call for a driver to take the container to your new place. The cost of a moving storage container varies by size and the distance of the move (anywhere from under $500 to over $5,000), so be sure to research the companies that offer this service and compare prices.
Not Categorizing Boxes
It’s easy to put off packing until the last minute. Yet, that can leave you feeling panicky; you may end up throwing things into boxes, trash bags, and suitcases, and hoping for the best. By being rushed, we experience more stress during moving, and unpacking itself becomes chaotic since there is no way to set up a new property methodically. Instead, give yourself plenty of time to pack well, and label boxes clearly. For added guidance, you can color-code them by room, but writing out the contents on boxes works best. This will help you not only figure out what to unpack first, but which boxes go where in your home.
Putting Off Paperwork and Utilities
The last big mistake many movers make is not filing paperwork or updating one’s utilities in time. After all, no one wants to show up to their new home only to find they don’t have power or water. With that in mind, start the process a month before you move by making a checklist of all you have to transfer and what needs to be shut off. Sometimes, you’ll be able to transfer services seamlessly, while others will have to be replaced. If you’re unsure about your provider’s policy, then call them in advance to decide your best choice of action.
It is possible to have a smooth moving day, so long as you’re prepared. By planning out the process, researching your moving company, and considering storage containers, you’re more likely to have an easier time. Don’t overlook any detail for your upcoming transition.
Thank you so much, Suzie! Like I said, a lot of great info. Where were you when I was moving??? haha!
Which one of Suzie’s tips did you find the most useful?