Moving can be complicated, frustrating, and full of missteps. Plus, according to the New York Times, moving is an incredibly emotional experience. Even if you think you have everything planned, once moving day arrives, things can get out of hand, emotions can rise, and accidents can happen. You moving-day preparations should be as in-depth and thought out as possible. However, it can be difficult to figure out what, exactly, you need to plan for and brainstorm all the potential mishaps on your own, which is exactly why we made this list. Your moving-day plan should include setting up buffers in case something goes wrong and worst-case scenario planning. Here’s how you can stay one step ahead of the game.
Not Organizing Your Packing
Packing requires a surprising amount of material — you’ll need tape, boxes, labels, pens, sharpies, newspapers, etc. Because many of these things are generally pretty small, they can get lost very easily. To avoid this, pick one room and designate it as “Packing Central.” According to the experts at Home Advisor, “Packing Central is your organization station. Everything you need to pack should be here. This is where you coordinate and compile all of your packing supplies: packing tape, packing paper, foam peanuts, labels, permanent wide markers, boxes, scissors, razor cutter, plastic gloves, etc. Having Packing Central ready for fulfillment at all times makes everything run more smoothly.”
Not Researching Your Moving Company
Lots of people assume that all moving companies are the same. However, this could not be further from the truth. According to Consumer Reports, you should avoid companies that do not send out a representative before giving you a quote or give an extremely low estimate. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Sadly, there are many reports of moving companies scamming their customers by either taking the deposit and not showing up on moving day or taking the customer’s stuff hostage. While it might seem like a good idea to hire the lowest bidder, you might end up spending more money in the end. Instead, opt for a reputable company that has a number of good reviews from various dates. You might want to consider visiting their office in order to ensure that they are, in fact, a real person.
Not Budgeting Correctly
There are a lot of hidden costs associated with moving. From packing materials to renting trucks to obscene amounts of gas, moving can take a toll on your checkbook. So, be sure to consider as many expenses as you could possibly imagine and then set aside even more money to account for the things you missed. According to the Spruce, you might also want to add insurance into your budget if you have some particularly valuable items and account for extra expenses such as packing your appliances or moving a piano.
Forgetting About Pets
Sure, you might have figured out how you’re going to get your pet from your old house to your new home, but what are you going to do with them on moving day? Some pets are easily stressed. With the hustle and bustle of moving day, even the calmest companion can become anxious. This can lead to pets running and becoming lost, especially if you have a moving company that might not remember to close the front door. To avoid this, we recommend having a pet sitter watch your pet in a separate location while you get packed up. It is generally not a good idea to lock them in a room since a stressed pet can cause all sorts of destruction.
Moving day can be stressful and full of unforeseen pitfalls. By researching your moving company carefully and planning ahead, you can avoid many of the major moving-day setbacks.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.
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