5 Common Pitfalls When Preparing to Move

February 7, 2017
Posted in Moving Tips
February 7, 2017 John Ruff

5 Common Pitfalls When Preparing to Move

When it is time to move, many homeowners feel like they have a long to-do list of items that need to be done before moving day. It can be stressful to keep up with the work! To make problems worse, homeowners often fall into the trap of a few common mistakes that make it more difficult to move.

If you want to simplify the process and reduce your stress when moving, then make sure that you are avoiding these common pitfalls:

1. Using the Wrong Packing Supplies

The quality of your packing supplies will have a direct impact on how easy it is to move. Choose high-quality cardboard boxes, label everything, and make sure that you have durable packing tape to seal the boxes.

2. Procrastinating the Work

You don’t have to have a moving date set to start preparing. If you know that you are going to be moving soon, then start right now by cleaning out some of the closets and organizing items that aren’t used on a daily basis. Planning ahead will give you the opportunity to handle other tasks that are often overlooked, such as filling out school paperwork, changing address information with your banks, buying a new home or arranging a rental property, and more.

3. Not Dedicating Enough Time for Packing

People often underestimate the time that will be needed for packing. If you wait until the last minute and pull out the boxes the day before the movers arrive, then you won’t have the opportunity to purge or sort your belongings. As a result, you pay more money to move things that you might not use.

4. Do-It-Yourself Moving Approach

It is easy to underestimate the work that needs to be done, and think that you can do everything yourself. Not only do you need to pack the boxes, but a lot of work goes into sorting through your personal items, unpacking, and cleaning both homes. Instead of bearing the stress on your own, it is better to hire a company who knows how to get it done right.

5. Failing to Research Moving Companies

Once you have made the decision to hire a moving company, it is important that you do the research to hire a reputable team. Hiring the wrong moving company can trap you in situations that might increase the price or cause logistical problems for your family. Look online to find reviews to ensure that you are hiring someone that you can trust. Also, remember to ask details about insurance coverage and potential hidden charges.

One other tip when you are researching moving companies: make sure the mover is licensed by the Public Utilities Commission. Check this link to directly look up a company in California.

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of hiring a moving company? Contact our team at Ruff and Ready Moving Company: (951) 834-3539


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