Avoiding mistakes when moving can help you make the whole process of settling in our new home a lot easier. There is a lot that needs to be done during the moving process so making some small mistakes or forgetting something is easy, but sometimes even a little mistake can have a great impact on the whole process and cause you tons of unnecessary stress. As a renowned moving company in Nottingham, we’ve seen quite a few moving mistakes that people commonly make.
In this article we’ll look at the most common moving mistakes and how to avoid them:
Going with the First Moving Company You Find
There’s not a shortage of moving companies out there, however, not all of them are equally qualified. Do your research before deciding on a house removal company and don’t just settle for the first one that appears on the search list. Read reviews, ask for opinions and compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal and sticking to your budget. If you need help moving home in Nottingham and the area, the experienced team here at Bassy’s Removals can help. We have amazing reviews and always offer competitive prices as well as excellent service.
Spending too Much on Packaging Materials
Most mistakes people make when moving are to do with packing. One of the common misconceptions is that you have to buy tons and tons of packing materials, so you go and buy boxes and bubble wrap, and plastic wrapping, and whatnot. However, the reality of it is that you can save a lot of money on packing materials by utilising what you have at hand. For instance you can use suitcases, old boxes that you have around the house and even laundry bins to pack some items.
Not Packing Heavy and Fragile Items Correctly
You should be careful with how you pack heavy items. Always try to put heavier items such as books into smaller boxes because that way you won’t be tempted to overpack and you’ll do your back, shoulders and legs a huge favour.
Not Leaving Yourself Enough Time to Pack
If you think that you can throw everything into a few boxes and be done with it you couldn’t be more wrong! Packing takes time, especially if you want to do it correctly and you want to save time when unpacking later. Give yourself a sufficient and realistic timeframe for packing everything. Our recommendation is to start from the items and rooms you use the least, for instance out of season clothes, spare items and guest rooms. This way you’ll avoid stress and won’t have to go through the boxes you’ve just packed to find the item you need. Remember that if you’re hiring a moving company, we can also help you pack any fragile items and furniture.
Waiting too Long to Transfer Utilities
Leaving the utilities until the last minute is not a great idea. The last thing you want is moving into your new home with no hot water, electricity or heating. To make sure that everything will be fully switched when you move in you should notify your energy supplier at the very least two days before your moving date. Tell them your moving date as well as your new address so your energy provider can send your final bill. On the last day in your property you should also take metre readings and pass them on to your energy company to avoid being overcharged.
Not Getting Rid of Belongings You Don’t Need
There is no better time than during a house move to clear out your personal belongings and get rid of useless items you’ve hoarded through the years. And the less boxes you have to move – the better! Decluttering your home before the big move will not only save you time while packing, but you’ll also need less materials and it’ll bring down your overall moving costs. If you don’t know where to start with decluttering, read our best tips here.
Forgetting to Forward Mail to Your New Address
Not forwarding your mail early enough can lead to you missing important letters or bills. Make sure you sort this step out early in the moving process. It’s no secret that it can be a time-consuming process, however, it’s better to get it done sooner rather than later. To make sure all your letters arrive at your new address on time, start the process of forwarding your letters to your new address at least a couple weeks before your moving date. Make sure you notify your bank, utility providers, local council and update your address on the electoral register so you don’t miss any important documentation.
Not Hiring a Professional When You Need Extra Help
Arguably one of the biggest moving house mistakes you can make is thinking that you can do everything yourself. Even if you get your friends and family to help moving everything yourself is going to be a lot more intensive in terms of both time and labour. If you have precious items such as vintage furniture or antiques it would also be risky. A professional who has experience in carrying fragile items will ensure that nothing gets damaged during transit. Additionally, removal companies are insured for transporting belongings. This can give you extra peace of mind if anything does end up getting damaged during the moving process.
You can’t move house without making a few mistakes but the less of them you manage to avoid, the less stressful your experience will be. Here at Bassy’s Removals, we want to help you make your moving process as hassle-free as possible, which is why we’re available whenever you need experienced advice or removal services in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and any of the surrounding areas. Contact us today by calling 01158766857 or send us an email and let us help you with all your home moving needs!