It’s always easier to be wiser after an event. This is especially true after a move. Avoid the regret of moving mistakes that could cost you big time by thinking ahead.
The worst mistake, of course, might be not choosing the right area to live in. However, there are many other less dramatic mistakes people tend to make before they even get to their new home.
Here are 7 tips to avoid making mistakes that could easily have been avoided with just a little forethought.
Doing It Yourself
Moving by yourself might seem a good way to save money, but you may end up paying more in the long run because you will be doing everything inefficiently and incurring unexpected expenses. By contrast, a professional moving company like Allied with hundreds of thousands of local, long distance, and global moves will be able to provide all the resources you need to make the move as smoothly as possible. They’ve already figured everything out through years of experience. They understand economy of scale, which is the proportionate saving in expenses gained through efficiency and productivity.
For instance, when you perform a DIY move you will have the following expenses:
- Renting a truck.
- Paying for fuel.
- Paying for vehicle insurance.
- Paying road tolls.
- Paying parking fees.
- Paying for insurance of all your household items.
- Paying for meals and lodging along the way.
- Paying for meals to reward friends and relatives, who help you out
In addition, you will encounter many frustrations:
- You’ll always be short of time and help.
- You’ll make bad decisions because you’re in a rush.
- You’ll forget to do essential things
- You might make multiple trips if you picked a smaller truck.
- You might break goods in transit because of poor packing.
- You might have unexpected delays on the day of the move because you overlooked a few things.
Since you won’t be working in a systematic way, you’ll be deciding what to do as you go along. Unless you are moving across a small town and only have a small amount of household goods, your lack of knowledge, experience, and resources will end up being much more expensive and frustrating. A moving company will help you make sure that you have the right sized truck and that all your boxes are securely packed and loaded onto it on schedule.
Hiring a moving company at the last minute.
The shorter the deadline you give a moving company, the fewer logistics it can handle. You will have a restricted choice of dates and will not have any flexibility if there is bad weather. In addition, you won’t be able to get everything packed well and on time. It’s much better to give your moving company advanced notice so that everything can be taken care of ahead of time.
Not creating a budget.
If you don’t have a budget, just hoping to wing it, you may not have enough to cover all your moving expenses. By using a budget, you will avoid many unnecessary expenses. A budget will allow you to move within your means
Not using a calendar.
A calendar will allow you to get things done in the proper order of importance. You will be able to pace everything and get things done on time.
Not using a packing strategy.
Packing is not as simple as stuffing everything into the right size of box. By developing a packing strategy, you won’t be transporting things that you don’t need any more. You may end up paying to move furniture that will be too big for your new home, old appliances that need to be replaced, or exercise equipment that you will never use. When moving you have to decide what you don’t need to take with you because it’s old or obsolete or you’ll never use it.
Another mistake when it comes to packing is not packing in the right way. You need the right kind of packing materials; you need to start packing early; and you need to pack as efficiently as possible.
Before you even start packing decide what you want to pack and how you’re going to pack. Figure out how you’re going to identify your boxes and how you’re going to organize your inventory checklist. Also, have plenty of bubble wrap, packing paper, and packing tape readily available. Proper packing will ensure that you protect your most valuable items.
Not getting enough insurance.
Make sure that you have insured your most valuable household items. Now is not the time to be frugal and opt for limited protection. If anything should happen to your household goods in transit, you will appreciate using the best insurance.
Not taking care of your documentation.
When you’re moving there is a lot of documentation you have to handle. For instance: canceling subscriptions, getting your medical records, updating your insurance, updating your driver’s license and car registration, transferring your utilities, and making a change of address.
Plan Ahead to Save Money
When moving, it’s easy to spend much more money than necessary because you end up paying for expenses as they come up. However, by planning everything ahead of time and carefully executing your plan, you could save hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars, when you move.