9 common moving mistakes and how to avoid them
Whether you’re moving across the country or just around the corner, changing home can be a bit of a handful. Time and time again people make the same common moving mistakes and are left facing the consequences after, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Did you know there are much simpler ways to go about moving home?
Moving house tips for the pros
1. Thinking you have more time than you actually do
One of the biggest moving mistakes you could possibly make is kidding yourself into thinking you have more time than you actually do. You should ALWAYS pack way ahead of time, because that way you can avoid any stress in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
2. Not labeling moving boxes
As simple as it sounds, correctly labeling moving boxes can actually help save you a lot of time and effort on the big day. Not just names either, as you should consider using a coding system for things such as weight, value and location. A simple checklist for moving house will help you sort this and more.
3. Hiring the first moving company you see
It’s easy to just pick the first company you see because you want it to be over and done with as soon as possible. This could prove costly though, so always consider cross-referencing at least 3 moving companies to ensure you are getting value for money and that your possessions are secure.
4. Thinking you can do it all in one trip
Do you want to give yourself a hernia? Then don’t do it all in one trip. It’s not the shopping, so take your time and plan out what needs taking when. Essential items like kitchenware, a place to sit and toiletries should go first.
5. Not getting an estimate figure
This goes hand-in-hand with number 3. If you blindly pick the first moving company you see, you could end up paying a fortune when you could easily avoid it, especially when you’re buying a first home. Get an estimate figure and cross-reference it with similar companies – they could even try to undercut one another.
6. Forgetting to inform the neighbours
It’s not ideal getting off to a bad start with your new neighbours, nor should you look to upset your old ones. Kindly inform them ahead of time that you will be moving home and that you expect the street to be busy with moving trucks and other such things. You never know, they may even offer a helping hand!
7. Choosing to ignore insurance
Surprisingly, there are still some people opposed to insuring their possessions. It’s completely your choice of course, but it’s better to ‘have and not need’ than ‘need and not have’. Contact several insurers and compare the best offers for your belongings.
8. Not planning ahead
This covers a lot of things actually, whether it’s checking for events that may disrupt traffic or packaging your possessions appropriately. It also means planning the layout of your new home, so create a guideline of what you need to make it a successful move.
9. Checking for weather
It’s not often people check the weather these days, but it’s simply a MUST when moving home. You don’t want to your furniture getting caught in the rain, do you? Well in that case you should look at the forecast and schedule appropriately.
Moving home is never easy, but with the right help you could be well on your way to starting the next chapter in your life. Whether you’re buying or renting, Pearson Ferrier understand how much of a headache moving can be, which is why our expert advisers will be with you every step of the way to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.
If you’d like one of the UK’s leading property specialists to help with your move, then feel free to contact us today or phone our head office on 0161 764 4440