In the stress of moving home, it’s easy to make mistakes. Here are five big blunders to avoid in order to make your move as smooth as possible.
Packing last minute
You may be able to get away with packing the night before when going on a vacation, but moving home is a different story. Start packing a few weeks early (you can even pack a few months in advance) so that you have time to thoroughly go through your belongings. Starting early could also allow you to time to declutter – there could be items that you don’t want to bring with you that could be donated or sold. Leave packing too late and you won’t have time to sort through these items.
Not labelling boxes
If you don’t label boxes, you won’t know which box contains which contents. This could make unpacking more of a chore as you’ll have to sort through each box individually to find things. Label boxes as you’re going along so that when you reach your new home you can place boxes in certain rooms and access priority items when you need them rather than have to rummage blindly through each box.
Forgetting to protect fragile items
There could be fragile items that need to be moved such as plates, glasses, ornaments and electronics. Make sure that these items are cushioned with some form of protective material. You can buy foam from sites such as Efoam to keep these items safe. Another option could be bubble wrap. Make sure that you also label any boxes containing fragile items so that people handling them know not to pile things on top of them or shake them.
Not booking a babysitter/dogsitter
You don’t want to have kids and pets running under your feet whilst moving out. Not only could be a dangerous environment for them, it could slow you down as you’ll constantly be looking out for them. Find a friend or relative that can look after your kids and pets for the day. Alternatively, you can pay a babysitter or a dogsitter. Older kids may be able to help with the move, but you should be careful as to which jobs you give them.
Failing to warn everyone about your change of address
You’ll need to ensure that all mail is redirected to your new address – this could involve warning bill providers and subscription services. Your bank will also need to be notified – even if you receive all your statements and letters online, not telling your bank of a change of address could affect your credit rating. Sites like Getamover offer checklists on who to inform that could be useful. In some cases, you may be able to warn people ahead so that you don’t miss any mail. Remember to also tell all your friends and family but be careful of sharing your address publicly on social media – you could be safer telling people individually.