7 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid When Moving

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When it comes to moving to a new home or office due to an ongoing renovation or construction, most people dream of a smooth and less stressful moving day. However, these transitions can test our patience since it always seems like something unforeseen pops up.  

On the bright side, moving mistakes are usually common, and knowing them beforehand can help you avoid doing so. 

The Common Moving Mistakes 

Below are common moving mistakes you should be aware of: 
Not Hiring a Reputable Moving Company 
Choosing a reputable moving company that can help you with your task is best. Unfortunately, most people commit this mistake by procrastinating on their search. This usually leads to feeling unsupported on their moving day, which is critical when moving with a brief timeline due to a proposed renovation. 
Choosing one is the most critical and challenging part of your moving journey. If you live in Australia, it's recommended to research Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Queensland, or a newcastle removalist near or within your city.  
It's essential to know that looking for a well-trusted moving company is like going on a first date. You will need to ask the relevant and correct questions to see if both of you are a match. It's also recommended to find out if they have the pertinent certifications that signify their excellent service.  
Not Comparing Moving Estimates 
After finding multiple moving companies that can help you on your moving day, another mistake most people commit is not asking for and comparing price estimates. A renovation or construction already costs much. Moving your belongings should help you save some money to make room for other necessities. 
Most moving companies can give you an in-home estimate or an estimate online through their website. Moreover, it's essential to note that the quotation will depend on the quantity, size, location, and the moving company. 
Shopping around can help you avoid paying more than what you should. Furthermore, the best way to avoid this mistake is to compare at least three quotations from three reputable moving companies. Once you do this, you can then make the right decision. 
Not Shopping Around for Moving Insurance 
Most people overlook moving insurance. It's essential to know that this type of insurance has many different policies and coverage. This includes full-value protection, basic released value protection, and separate liability insurance. 
It will help to check your homeowners' insurance policy to know if you have any additional moving insurance. You can also ask your chosen moving company if they have any insurance policies concerning the matter.  
DIY Instead of Asking For Help 
Deciding to hire professional movers isn't cheap. However, it's almost always worth your time and funds. Moving in by yourself (even with help from your family or friends) is expected to be more labor and time extensive than hiring a reputable moving company. 
You must be honest with yourself when it comes to moving your things. You should look at how much work you should put into it and what your DIY move will entail. However, if you have loads of belongings, it's best to do yourself a favor and go for the professional movers. 
Not Enough Time To Pack 
Packing takes a lot of time, especially if you have many belongings. Most of the time, it's unavoidable that what you thought would only take 15 mins to pack would take an hour or so. A restricted time for packing things can lead to stress, which can be avoided with proper planning. 
When it comes to having ample packing time, you need to be realistic. For example, you might be on a strict timeline where construction or renovation needs to be done asap. Time is essential when this happens. 
In addition, a one-bedroom apartment or studio usually takes two days to pack all vital belongings completely. In addition, a three-bedroom home can take about five days or so. 
Forget To Pack a Moving Essentials Bag 
A moving essentials bag is a suitcase or duffel bag where you keep the belongings you can't afford to lose. You can also store in your moving essentials bag the items you'll need on the first days of moving to your new place. If you don't have an essential moving bag, you might be frantically looking through all of your boxes, trying to find a specific item that should be kept in a moving essentials bag. 
Choosing a designated bag, you will store with the necessities would be best. This includes keys, wallets, chargers, crucial documents, medications, and other essential belongings. 
Not Getting Rid of Things 
There's no better time to edit your personal items than during your moving process. The fewer belongings you have to move, the better it will be for you. In addition, there would be no waste of time packing and unpacking the items you don't need or want. 
While packing your things, it's recommended to sort all of your items. Sort them by creating piles labeled with "don't want," "need to recycle," or "need to donate." Furthermore, it would be best to resist the urge to keep things that no longer serve any purpose in your life. 

To Sum It Up 

Moving day can be hectic. It's expected that unexpected things can happen that will catch you off guard. However, avoiding common mistakes can make a difference between having a stressful and successful moving day. 

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