Moving home can be hard enough without having to contend with last-minute roadblocks. While you can’t always rule out problems, you can prepare yourself for the potential pitfalls that might occur during the hectic rush.
Whether you’re moving for the first time or you’re a seasoned removals veteran, mistakes are easy to make. That’s why we’re looking at some common moving mistakes to help you keep your head above water on the way to your new home.
Not planning ahead
Preparation is king when it comes to a successful move, and taking things lightly will leave you struggling to get things done. There are plenty of tasks you’re better off sorting out well in advance; getting through the bulk of preparation beforehand leaves you with more time to take care of anything else that might crop up. Some key things to get done in the early going include:
- Getting a quote from a removals firm
- Informing utility providers of the date of your move
- Notifying relevant parties of your change of address – bank, employer, post office etc.
- Scheduling time off – if necessary
Trying to do all the heavy lifting yourself
Taking full responsibility for your own move is admirable, but doing all the heavy lifting on your own might be biting off more than you can chew. Packing, loading and unloading all your belongings is a physically demanding job; heavy appliances and bulky furniture present a real hazard no matter how experienced you are.
From the risk of injury to the sheer amount of time the whole process takes, it’s always recommended to arrange for help with the this part of the move.
Professional movers use the safest techniques to lift and carry the heavy stuff, and come equipped with specialised moving equipment to ease the burden of moving more awkward items. Take yourself out of the picture and you’ll find yourself with more time and energy to focus on more important aspects of the move.
You’ve probably accumulated a whole host of random stuff over the years. You might have had use for them once, but if you’ve still got sheds, attics and garages full of long-forgotten toys, tools and equipment on moving day, you’re going to have a big headache. Once your moving date has been set, it’s time to start thinking about clearing out your property once and for all.
You’ll relieve a lot of stress come moving day if you’re not tripping over all the old boxes you have lying around, and you’ll save money, too. The fewer things you have to move, the cheaper your removals quote will be. Sell unused possessions on the internet, at car boot and garage sales, or donate goods to local charities to make some vital space for your new home.
Not planning for your pet
Taking a pet with you on your move opens up another list of considerations. First of all, your moving company won’t be able to take your pet with them in the van, so make sure you can get them to the new house safely yourself.
Some people prefer to keep their pet away from all the drama – leaving them with family or friends during the upheaval. It could be a good idea to leave your pet in trusted company for a couple of days until the house is settled. Prepare a pet-centric room in the new house, and slowly introduce your pet to its new surroundings. This will be a much smoother transition than bringing them along with you on the day.
Not remembering the essentials
Packing a separate bag of essentials will make the day more manageable for the whole family. Remember the important tasks the day before the move. Charge your phone up, get some vital toiletries together – toothbrush, soap, toilet paper, towels – pack a spare set of clothes, a first aid kit and medication, and don’t forget to bring some snacks and drinks, too. It’s often best to leave the bulk of the unpacking until the day after the move, so make sure the essentials are on hand so your first night is as peaceful and stress-free as possible.
Two Men And A Truck® are here to make your move easier. As the world’s fourth largest removals company, we can help plan your move to suit your specific requirements. From the initial site survey to packing, loading and transporting your belongings we make sure everything is handled safely and professionally at all times. With full insurance on every move, Two Men And A Truck® provide peace of mind across the UK, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.