Let’s be honest. Moving is a stressful and chaotic process. It costs a lot of money, things get lost or broken, and there are so many things that can go wrong. It’s not uncommon for people to make mistakes after they’ve settled into their new home, whether it’s forgetting to update their address, not correctly disposing of moving materials, or, we understand, postponing unpacking essential items.
As a moving company, we have seen it all when it comes to post-move mistakes. Here are the five biggest mistakes people make after relocating and how to avoid them.
Forgetting to update their address
One of the most common mistakes people make after moving is forgetting to update their address with important institutions like banks, utilities, and ESPECIALLY the government… (nobody wants to get on their bad side). This can lead to missed bills, late fees, and even identity theft. To avoid this, just simply make a list of all the entities you need to update about your address change, and just do it as soon as possible.
Neglecting to unpack essential items
Trust me; we have all been there. Unpacking everything can be even more tedious than packing. It creates a bunch of mess and wastes your precious time. It is very easy to get caught up in the chaos of moving and leave the important items packed away in boxes for weeks after you move. To fix that issue, simply prioritize unpacking essential items such as toiletries, bedding, and kitchenware. This will help you feel more settled and comfortable in your new place :).
Not disposing of moving materials properly
This one is big. After you move, you are probably left with piles and piles of boxes, packing paper, and other stuff. Neglecting to throw it all away may create clutter and take up valuable space in your new home. One way to clear your home of these trojan horses is to either donate them to charity or just recycle them.
Ignoring necessary repairs and maintenance
The first time you enter your new home, it is important to take the time to inspect it for any necessary repairs or maintenance. Ignoring these issues can end up terribly, and it can cost you A LOT of money in the long run. So please, take the time to address any necessary repairs before settling in to avoid any potential headaches down the road.
Failing to properly clean your old home
We all hate cleaning. Well, maybe most of us, at least. But it is extremely important to leave your old home in good condition for the next occupants. This means thoroughly cleaning the space, patching up any holes or damages, and ensuring that all personal items are removed. Not doing so can result in shivers additional fees, or sometimes even legal consequences.
Not taking advantage of moving services
Relocating is most definitely an overwhelming thing, which many people try to handle on their own. However, neglecting to take advantage of professional services such as packing, loading, and unloading can lead to unnecessary stress and physical strain. Hiring professionals to handle these tasks can make the whole process easier and less stressful.
We know the whole process can be a hectic time, but avoiding these common mistakes can help make it smoother and less stressful. Remember to update your address, unpack essential items, dispose of used materials properly, clean your old home, and take advantage of moving professionals who can help you during the whole process.
We guarantee that with our tips, as well as proper planning and preparation, you can enjoy a seamless transition to your new home.