Moving into a new home is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, it is a joyous moment in your life because you are moving into a better home that will better suit you and your family. You have the freedom to do anything you want with it and you can make it truly your own. On the other hand, the moving process can be a complex one and you may find yourself hitting obstacles wherever you turn. The advice we will provide here will make sure that you avoid these mistakes and have a positive moving experience.
Not preparing in time
The moving process will take some time; there is no doubt about that. It is one of the reasons why you definitely need to plan ahead and do all of the preparations in time. At the very least, you should prepare a few weeks ahead, take time off work perhaps, plan your budget and everything. There is nothing that can hinder the moving process and ruin it as much as rushing everything. Rushing everything is the mother of all moving problems.
Coming up with a non-realistic budget
Moving will cost you money, no matter how you cut it. If nothing else, you will need the money for the gas to drive to your new home; money for boxes that you will use and money for a few days-worth of meals until your new kitchen is up and running. In most cases, the move will result in even more costs, some of which can get substantial. When you are coming up with your budget, you need to be realistic and always put down the worst case scenario. Once you have it all down, put another 15% to it and make that your budget.
Not hiring professionals
There are some cases in which you will really not require professional movers, but in most cases, you will need professional help. The good news is that there is always a choice of moving companies that you can hire and there are a few things you should look for. You should look for customer testimonials from their past customers to make sure they are reputable and they get the job done. You should also check with what kind of equipment they do – ensure that they have proper vehicles and high quality shipping crates. Shop around.
Not labeling things
There are a number of reasons why people do not put labels on boxes and other shipping supplies. For instance, they feel silly putting labels on something that is so obvious when putting stuff into the boxes. After a few days and the hectic process of moving, you can forget your name, let alone what box you need to open to find the coffee machine. The bottom line is that labeling your boxes is extremely easy and quick and it will save you a ton of bother.
When moving, make sure that you do not make the mistakes we have talked about and always remember to stay calm. If you do so, your move will be totally hassle-free and you will find yourself in your new home without losing your nerves.