If you haven’t already, check out part 1 in our two-part series on the most common moving mistakes and how to avoid them!
1. Trying To Do It By Yourself
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when moving is trying to do all of the work by yourself. At first, it might seem like this could be doable. However, you’ll soon realize that moving is a monumental task that requires many hands for it to be a success.
Here are a couple of options for getting help with your next move:
Ask friends and family for help – if you are feeling overwhelmed with all the things you need to get done for your move, know that it’s okay to ask your friends and family for help. However, even though they’ll probably be fine with volunteering to give you a helping hand, it’s nice to offer them a meal or give them a few bucks in exchange for their help. After all, moving boxes isn’t anyone’s idea of a fun Saturday afternoon so you may as well make it worth their while!
Hire a professional – a professional moving company is a great choice for those who want their move to go as smoothly as possible. They’ll have experience packing, transporting, and unpacking your belongings, ensuring your seamless transition from one home to another. Yes, this service comes at a cost, but many agree the convenience is well worth the money.
2. Forgetting to Purge Unwanted or Unused Items
Every one has one – a closet bursting with items that haven’t seen the light of day in years. That storage room used to house possessions you no longer need, nor care about. That crawl space that continues to collect dust as time goes by.
Moving provides the perfect opportunity to sort through and get rid of any items you haven’t used while living in your current home.
And, not only will this provide you with some peace-of-mind, but it can also save you time and effort. If you’re keeping less stuff, that means you have fewer things to move to your new home. If you’re hiring a professional moving service, leaving a few things behind might even save you some money.
When you’re sorting through your items, consider asking these questions to determine whether or not you should keep them:
- How often have I used it in the past year?
- Does it hold any sentimental value?
- Would someone else get better use out of this item?
Depending on your answers to these questions, you’ll know whether or not the item should come along with you to your new home.
3. Forgetting to Notify Service Providers of Your New Address
We often take simple things like electricity, gas, and water for granted. These are just things that always seem to be there.
However, when moving, these things should be at the top of your list of priorities. Moving is stressful enough as it is – the last thing you want to do is to show up at your new home, only to realize that you have no heat, power, or running water.
That’s why it’s always important to make a point of transferring your utilities and other services to your new address ahead of time. Here are a few of the parties you should provide your new address to:
- Water company
- Natural gas and electricity provider
- Cable and internet provider
- Subscription services (Magazines, meal delivery, etc.)
- Online delivery services (Amazon, etc)
- Post office
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