Moving home can be stressful, to say the least.
Despite literally looking at items you own every day, we’re always surprised at how much we have when it comes to actually putting stuff in boxes.
You think 20 boxes would be enough, but that actually only covers one room. Where did all this stuff even come from, and more importantly, how are you going to move it from one house to another?
Moving house will be stressful no matter how you try and sugarcoat it, but you can make your life easier and avoid these moving home mistakes.
Not measuring furniture in advance
Don’t just assume that your furniture will go from one house to the other and fit perfectly. You might be able to get it out of your old house, but not through the door of the new one. Or you put the sofa where you’d planned for it to go, and it doesn’t fit, meaning you have to rethink the entire layout of the room.
It’s easier said than done, but you should spend a morning measuring everything when you get the keys, so you know where the big pieces of furniture will go.
If you can’t do this (or are too impatient, like I would be), make sure there’s space to put all the furniture in one place and work it out as you go.
We had the benefit of buying our house, renovating it for 6 months, and then moving in. We bought furniture having already measured the space. This saved a lot of time and effort, but not everyone can do it this way.
Not packing a survival kit for moving day
When you arrive at your new house, are you really going to want to unpack every box straight away? Erm….no?
It’s likely that you’ve already had a tiring day. You just want to get the wifi working and stick the TV on.
This is why it’s important to pack the ultimate survival kit. This should include essentials such as a kettle, tea bags, mugs, milk, spoons, some snacks, maybe a couple of ready meals you can stick in the fridge to have for your dinner. People always forget this one: bedding. DON’T pack it in a box, you need it the first night. Also include spare underwear and a toothbrush/toothpaste.
Failing to check insurance
When it comes to house removals, it’s vital to check your insurance, as well as the removal company’s insurance.
Breakages can easily happen during a move and if there’s no insurance in place, you won’t be able to get these items replaced or refunded. All the most credible companies will have a sufficient insurance policy, so make sure you check it first.
Trying to do everything yourself
While you may not want to spend money on moving your furniture from A to B, it’s usually a necessity. Trying to handle everything yourself can be a bigger task than you realise. This is especially the case if you have heavy and awkward items that need moving. It’s even more so if you have a lot of cherished items, as well as those that need special handling during the removal process, such as musical instruments.
Doing everything yourself can actually cost you a lot more money if you end up damaging your belongings. I inherited my Grandma’s piano recently and do NOT want to be moving that myself.
You don’t consider pets and children
You need to think about what your kids are going to do during moving day. If possible, ask a friend or family member to look after them for the day. With regards to pets, make sure they are kept in one room while the removal firm is there. You can ensure this is the last room to be emptied and packaged up.
Because our cat is an indoor cat, I’d probably put her in a cattery for the night. She’d get stressed out with the moving, and I’d be so panicked about her escaping when people are in and out all the time. I’d want to get the new house sorted and then bring her there to scope out the place.
You haven’t had a clear out
Moving home is the perfect chance to have a clear out. The last thing you want to do is just move your clutter from one house to the other. That’s a complete waste of time. Throw things out weeks before you move, making packing a bit easier.
Those are some of the most common home mistakes people make.
Have you recently moved house? Do you have a moving house horror story to share?