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5 Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid

July 14, 2014

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With moving season quickly hurdling towards us it’s important to remember to pace yourself. If you are planning a big move it’s definitely easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of excitement and stress that goes along with it. This makes it easy to fall into some common pitfalls that occur with just about every move. Thankfully there are some things that you can do to prepare yourself for the big adventure. Here are five of the most common mistakes people will make when moving and how to avoid them.

Not Planning

This probably seems like a no-brainer, but it’s true. You need to have a solid plan for when you’re moving. Some people will try to simply “wing it” or just do everything themselves without any help or knowledge of how to move. If you have a house full of items that you plan on moving it can be a very wise investment to hire a reputable moving company.

Any easy way to get a quick overview of a company’s reputation is by going online to third party sites and reading some reviews. Of course, it is good to take these with a grain of salt and keep in mind that a person who has a bad experience with a company is much more likely to write a negative review than it is for someone who had a really good experience to write up a positive review.

Not Being Honest With the Movers

After you find a mover that is reputable and suited to your needs it’s very important that you be honest with them when describing the job that they will be performing. This means having an accurate idea of exactly how much stuff you’re going to be moving, knowing how far you’ll be moving it and knowing exactly how much you’ll pay them when the job is finished. Don’t just have a rough estimate. While solid numbers may take a little more effort to get, they will save many headaches down the line.

Not Letting Go

One of the benefits of moving is the extremely liberating act of going through everything in your house and throwing away or donating what you don’t need or want anymore. It’s one of the few times you actually have the ability to go through and touch every single thing in your house and decide if you want it or not. While this can be a very freeing experience for some people, others may not find it so easy. We attach sentimental value to all kinds of items that don’t really do much other than take up space.

An easy tip for getting rid of some clutter is to think about all the sentimental items that are the most important to you. Pack those things up in one box. These are clearly the items that mean the most to you. If you find any other sentimental items that you didn’t initially think had to be in that one box, you can simply toss them!

You Didn’t Clean

Besides letting go of some of those irrelevant items, this is also the perfect opportunity to deep clean your house. It’s the courteous thing to do for the people who are going to be buying your home and it will also help your house sell faster. You can either do the cleaning yourself, which will have minimal fees for the equipment that you will likely need to rent, or you could hire a third party cleaning company. Much like the movers it’s important to read a few reviews before deciding on which company you want to hire.

Wrapping Valuables Incorrectly

There are many informative posts online about what to do and what not to do when it comes to wrapping valuables. Some people use clothes in order to kill two birds with one stone, wrapping their valuables up in the safety of thick clothing. If you decide to use this route I would highly recommend that you only use older clothes to wrap up your valuables. That way on the off chance of something awful happening you will only lose less valuable clothes rather than brand new, or office clothing.

Carlee Quintas is a writer with a passion for everything green! When she’s not writing she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping and cooking.