When moving house, a common mistake many make is not planning
their move. Creating a detailed plan in advance when moving home is
critical to your success to tie up all loose ends and prevent any
unnecessary errors from being made.
It's important to begin making travel arrangements, booking a
moving company, packing, and informing of your change of address as
early as possible.
In addition, make sure that you create a detailed inventory of
all your belongings in a notebook, computer or even on paper. This
will ensure that you pack and move your possessions efficiently,
and it will also act as reference point if any items are damaged or
lost in transit.
Here are a few more common mistakes to avoid when moving
Hiring the wrong sized truck. This is a
moving house mistake that could potentially cost you money. If you
create a complete inventory of items for when you move house, you
should be able to estimate the exact truck size that you will need
for your moving day.
If you don't, you could risk hiring a truck that is too big
or too small. If you hire a truck that is too small, you could be
in some trouble on moving day. If you hire a truck that is too big,
you are wasting unnecessary money on excess truck rental.
Packing boxes too heavy. As a rule of
thumb, it's best to pack boxes no heavier than 20 kgs when moving
house. Of course, it's always tempting to cram as much as you can
into a box to save space.
Try to consider the fact that you may not be able to lift a box
after packing it too heavy. If you are able to barely lift it, then
you leave yourself or your movers at risk for strain or injury if a
box is too heavy to transport.
Forgetting to notify your change of
address. It's best to inform your change of address to
financial institutions and your employer, just to name a few, in
advance of your move.
This small detail is one that so many people overlook during
the hustle and bustle of moving house. Try marking on your calendar
or set a reminder on your mobile phone, to notify your change of
address with all relevant organisations at least two weeks prior to
This will prevent any important bills or documents from getting
lost in the mail or not arriving at your new address after you move
Top moving tip
Don't make the mistake of forgetting to insure your valuables
during relocation. Start by asking your moving company what their
liability insurance covers. In many cases, basic liability
insurance may not be enough if a mover breaks your computer or TV
Make sure to contact your insurance company to guarantee that all
valuables are protected during your move.