The Biggest Moving Mistakes You Can Make

Getting your house ready to sell, looking for a new house, selling your house and closing on your new one can all seem like a really fun adventure. Big changes and big moves can be a blast. But there is a downside to all of this… moving.

Unless you’re the .001% of the population that loves moving, you’d probably rather have a finger nail pulled out than have to deal with boxes, movers, trucks, friends helping out (breaking things) and all of the other hair pulling out madness that comes with a move.

But, if you want to live in your new home you have no choice. And the people that bought your old house aren’t going to be too keen on you sticking around either! So, put on some old jeans and a beat up t-shirt, do some stretches and let’s get moving by learning the biggest mistakes you can make and avoiding them.

Mistake #1: Jumping in Head First

Box your things up, get a truck and get moving. How hard can it be? Well, there is a reason why there are professional movers who only plan and execute moves. It’s a little harder than it looks.

Before you just decide to move yourself, do some research. Talk to people who have done it before and get the input of professional movers. There might be pitfalls you never thought about and could turn your move into a nightmare.

Make sure you know exactly how much a truck rental, gas, additional help and moving materials are going to be. Make sure you know how the weather is going to be. Measure your stuff and know exactly how many trips it’s going to take to get this all done. The last thing you want to do is end up paying more to DIY your move and end up with half of your stuff out on the sidewalk in the rain.

Mistake #2: Not Respecting Rush Hour

Half of all moves occur between late Spring and the end of Summer. If you’re using a moving company make sure to get them booked well in advance. If not, you might find yourself having to move and no reputable movers to do the job.

Give yourself three to four months before the actual move date to find and lock in a mover, especially if you’re moving during the busy season.

Mistake #3: Get an Estimate

Movers usually offer two kinds of estimates; binding and nonbinding. The first is a legal contract which locks in the price they quoted you. The latter is an estimate which gives you a rough idea of the cost but you can be charged an extra 10% on top of that.

Make sure you get estimates from multiple companies and ask tons of questions about hidden fees like fuel surcharges, overtime and others.

By avoiding these easily side stepped mistakes, you can have a successful move with a minimal amount of hassle. Don’t add any more stress or problems to your life if you don’t have to!