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Frequent Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When we set out to do something for the first time, most of us will probably do some sort of background check such as internet reviews, recommendations, guides and manuals etc. However, we rarely think about the mistakes and things that can potentially go wrong. Interestingly, we almost never think to ourselves: ’Wait, let me Google what can go wrong’, after we’ve looked up the right way to do it. For those of us who don’t tend to have this kind of slightly negative precaution measure, we are here to remind you that even the very best of us can’t always predict every outcome. We all make frequent moving mistakes, but here is how you can avoid them.

Moving for the first time will probably cause a headache or two, but we might be able to help prevent some. In case you’re moving with help of a moving company, thinking you don’t need to read the next few paragraphs, do stick around, because this list applies to all. Whether you are moving house for the first time, or the tenth, whether you have 20 or 60 years behind you, we still urge you to read on. As teachers used to tell us ever since preschool, ’Safety always comes first’.

Don’t underestimate this feat. Even a move across town can prove to be complicated, and just like the interstate move, takes extensive advance planning. We can’t even begin to count down the number of potential pitfalls, from the wear and tear on your poor body and damage to your household goods, to unexpected fuel costs. In the end, a do-it-yourself move may not be as “cheap” or as fun as you thought. What we want to say is: Give yourself plenty of time to research how you want to move and discover everything that’s involved.


Plan the potential setbacks. By this we mean, of course, to take into account all the time you might spend in traffic, at the store in a line, behind the wheel going toward your moving destination and many other things. You could have a surprise visit from a distant relative, or a pipe could burst. Take into account all the things that can go wrong, and leave some time to breathe, because you would not want to move if you can barely cover the basic tasks such as packing and cleaning. Here’s your new suggested mantra: You’re gonna need way more time than that.


Don’t clutter the house. Yet another frequent moving day mistake is to block the paths and hallways both inside and immediately outside your home. Think of all the traffic of hurrying feet you will have on moving day! Don’t forget to remove all types of obstacles and hazards along those exit pathways to ensure both your safety and that of your hired moving crew. Dress appropriately for the move and the chaos that might ensue. Keep your dog, cat or any other type of pet you may own away from the relocation epicenter. Leaving them with a trusted neighbor or a friend is a good option that usually works out well in the end. Ask a friend to babysit for your toddler while the crew of packers is taking up your whole house. Moving your valuables from your current home to your new one is strictly your responsibility. Find someone you trust to help you with saving the things you hold close to your heart.


Separate the necessary bits. You’ve heard this happen to people who are in a rush and who didn’t have time to think things through. They put everything in random boxes and now there is no pillow to sleep on, to comb, no toothbrush and no pajamas. Think about the first night in your new place and those trivial things that end up being essential. Pack the necessary items in a separate bag and always keep an eye out for it. You need the usual stuff in order to properly settle down in your new home.


Don’t disregard the safety measures. As you’ve already heard us say, moving day can be rather unpredictable, and that fact alone makes it a fairly dangerous period where even small judgment errors can quickly escalate into unfortunate accidents or personal injuries. Be cautious. You can never know what’s going to happen, until it happens. You shouldn’t just sit around waiting for bad things to occur but be pro-active and guarantee yourself a safe and trouble-free move by taking a few relatively easy safety measures. This goes out to both our safety as humans, and the safety of our beloved pets, as well as the safety of our valuables.

Remember to ask for a quote and insurance. In case something gets damaged or broken, you yourself will have to pay for it, if your mover doesn’t have enough insurance. Find out before you start the moving process. Your chosen mover may have some insurance but it may only pay for a fraction of your valuable possessions.  Then check with your home insurance provider to see what’s covered and when and where. Also, if you don’t go around buying things without asking for the price, you shouldn’t neglect to ask for a quote for your move as well. The nonbinding kind gives you an idea of how much your move will cost, based on the mover’s estimate of the size of your current home and its contents, and how far you’re moving. You get the estimate in writing and can only be charged 10 percent more than the estimate. With this you can have the vague idea of what the cost will be, and how much you will need to set aside.