Moving house is a gargantuan administrative effort, and of course, it takes time and real planning to get to grips with. For this reason, people make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are simple – they might finally lock up the house and leave for the new one despite leaving a bag of toiletries in the old house, but that’s no bother, they can always be repurchased and the new homeowners are unlikely to feel offended by the mistake.
Some mistakes are a little more pressing. Sure, you’re unlikely to leave the stove on before you head out, or perhaps leave your child behind Kevin McAllister-style, but it’s still worth triple checking you’ve accounted for everything. But how can you plan against a mistake when you don’t even know what the mistake was in the first place? That’s a good question.
In this post, then, we hope to give you a few examples worth noting for avoiding those very real, very common moving blunders to avoid. Without further ado, please consider:
Mislabeled Or Unlabeled Boxes
While you won’t necessarily ruin the entire trip with this mistake, you’ll certainly feel irritated by it. Mislabeled or worse, unlabeled boxes can cause nothing but difficulty. This is because if boxes aren’t labeled well, odds are they haven’t been packed or stacked well. That means that when moving in, you might have to dig through six boxes just to find your drinking glasses for a cup of water. This way, you waste time, and moving companies are unable to prioritize the boxes for easy access. For the amount of time it takes to label something, it’s easy to make the mistake and forget to do it, but try not to.
Budgeting Too Tightly
Anyone that has tried to renovate a home on a shoestring budget knows just how many misfortunes seem to happen to those trying to save money. The same can be said for moving. Don’t forget you need to pay for insurance, for conveniences like comforts if your child becomes ill on the move (it happens), and perhaps even accommodation to split your long car journey in two. Being on-budget isn’t a choice for many families of course, but it’s important not to be too strict in how you proceed lest it cause trouble. Remember that you only move once in a very great while, and so saving to have a good move is important.
It takes time to process a move, and so it’s a mistake to think you can be “up and at them” a day from moving into your new abode. For example, if you’ve moved to an entirely new city at the weekend, you really don’t want to go to work that Monday at an entirely new job with new people. That’s why it’s good to pace yourself with at least a week either side, as well as gentle days unpacking, putting together your utilities, shopping, meeting neighbors, and generally understanding how the flow of life works in your new environment before carrying on. It all has an effect.
With this advice, you’re sure to avoid some of the most common moving blunders, no matter how understandable they are.
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