10 Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid
1.Forgetting to pack an ‘essentials’ box
Packing a couple of boxes with essential items that you will want to use immediately after you move is a great idea to prevent you from having to root around numerous boxes at the end of a tiring day! Remember to include things like bedding, pyjamas, toiletries, toilet paper, washing-up supplies, bin liners, easy meals, cutlery, crockery and a kettle in these boxes. Keep them to one side, labelled clearly with ‘do not pack’. Take them with you in your car or ensure that they are the last boxes on and the first ones off when loading and unloading the removal van.
2.Not having all the keys to your new home
Before you move, confirm with the previous owners that you have all the keys that you’ll need on moving day. Remember to think about keys to outbuildings, conservatories, sheds and garden gates, as well as small keys such as those used to unlock windows. You will also need to remember to change the locks after you move as many home insurance policies become invalid if this is not done.
3.Moving on a Friday
Try to avoid moving on a Friday - particularly during the summer months. This is an extremely popular time to move, so removal prices tend to be high. Also, if you have any problems with the process, estate agents and solicitors will be closed over the weekend, and any resulting delays may cost you more.
4.Leaving things behind
Take a final, thorough look around your house with your removal team. Open every cupboard and drawer and inspect your shelves to ensure that you don’t forget anything. If you need to leave something in a cupboard until the last minute, then it helps to place a clearly visible note on the door to remind yourself to take it with you.
5.Misjudging how much packaging you need
If in doubt, always overestimate how much packaging you will need to use. Running out of vital packing tape or bubble wrap mid-packing can add to your stress. It is important to also get good-quality, strong materials to ensure that nothing is damaged by a box breaking.
6.Forgetting to inform people about your change of address
Letting people know about your change of address ahead of time can help to minimise the risk of identity theft as a result of fraudsters using information in your stray letters. It can be helpful to arrange for all your post to be redirected by Royal Mail for a few months to ensure all your post reaches you safely. This will also help you to see which companies and people you may have missed when you first notified people of your change of address.
7.Losing small parts in transit
Minimise the chance of losing small parts such as screws and bolts by placing them in a sandwich bag and sticking them with masking tape to the relevant piece of furniture. This will prevent components being lost in transit. Unlike Sellotape, the masking tape shouldn’t leave any marks and is easily removed.
8.Not taking the time to label boxes
It may seem like a minor thing, but labelling boxes correctly can save a lot of time and stress when it comes to settling into your new place. Label boxes according to what room they are to be placed in and remember to mention which items are packed in the box. Also, remember to clearly mark fragile items to minimise the risk of breakages.
9.Moving things you don’t want
There is no point in moving things that you no longer want! Moving house gives you the opportunity to de-clutter and get rid of any items that are no longer of any use to you. If you start packing well ahead of your move you will have time to sort through your possessions and get rid of anything you don’t want to keep.
10.Not measuring furniture
It’s important to ensure that your current furniture is going to fit in your new home. Doing so ahead of time will give you the chance to sell or recycle furniture that doesn’t fit or that you no longer need. Also, remember to consider how your removal crew will move your furniture in and whether there are any awkward door openings or stairways that would hinder progress. Knowing this ahead of time will help you to prepare by dismantling larger items or arranging alternative storage for them.