Moving from one house to another is a wistful process with many layers. You have to keenly participate in every layer of the process. While carrying out such a multi-faceted activity, it is not unusual to leave some loopholes on the way. You must have heard of this famous quotation, “to err is human, to forgive divine” and you will be forgiven for making these common moving mistakes. In this article, I will discuss the most common errs or mistakes and the most effective ways to avoid them.
So, here are the most common moving mistakes and the most effective ways to avoid them:
Not doing your homework right
As you plan to move, to need to be a level-headed person. If you think that it is alright to go ahead with the first search result on Google as you look for the packers and movers, you are living in a fool’s paradise. There are a lot of swindling moving companies that may lure you with their lucrative offers. If you fall prey to their trap, you will land up losing your belongings and your money as well. Several moving companies are genuine but may offer you an overpriced quotation for the move. Want to avoid such risky situations?
You need to do your homework right if you want to carry out your move in a smooth and safe way. Check the ratings and reviews of the packing and moving company. The customers who have availed of the services from these moving companies post their feedback online. Read them to know their hands-on experience with the moving company.
Conduct a pre-move survey by calling up a few moving companies in your nearby area. They will send an agent from their end to check the furniture and appliances at your place and send you a cost quotation according to that. You will get several quotes as you have approached several companies for the pre-move survey. Compare the quotations and choose the company that offers you the lowest quotation.
Not choosing the right insurance
There are different types of insurance policies to protect your belongings during the move. Some in-transit insurance policy gives full-value protection. Some insurance policies offer released value protection or even separate liability insurance. But you have to be sure of which type of in-transit insurance you want and what are the clauses in the insurance policy. Read the documents carefully before grabbing a policy. The biggest mistake is however not availing of any insurance while moving. How to ensure the safety of your goods on the go?
Avail of insurance and preferably go for full value insurance. If there is any loss or damage to your goods during the move, the moving company compensates for your financial losses. If your goods get lost, the moving company pays the amount equivalent to the value of your goods. When your goods get damaged, the moving company repairs the tampered areas or replaces the goods with new ones. It is the responsibility of the moving company to ensure the safety of your belongings once you avail of in-transit insurance. Don’t make the mistake of not availing it.
Not hiring professional services
One of the most common mistakes that you can make in the house shifting process is not hiring professional services. The professional packers and movers are trained and experienced in their job. They do packing and moving on a regular basis. If you think that you can carry out a move on your own, you will end up damaging your belongings as you do not have any skill or experience in packing or loading the belongings in the right way.
Again, if your belongings get damaged on the move, you have the option of getting the damages reimbursed by the moving company. But if you conduct a self-move, you don’t have any such option. It is evident that moving through a professional company saves you time and effort and helps you in moving your goods safely and on time. Thus, hire professional services for your move.
Not making a moving budget
If you do not make a moving budget, you will not be able to assess your ability to expend on the move. If you shift without calculating the budget, you may overspend on the move which will lead you to financial crunches later on. Always check your savings and calculate your maximum limit to spend on the move before carrying out the move.
Not packing an overnight box
An overnight box comprises all the essentials that you will require on the first day of your stay in your new house. Pack an overnight box with your dental kit, bedspread, towels, toiletries, a fresh set of clothes and undergarments, etc. What happens if you forget to pack an overnight box? Can you imagine yourself plundering all the packing boxes to look for your toothbrush? So, packing an overnight box is going to save you from experiencing a nightmare.
Not prioritising yourself
As you move from one house to another, it will take a toll on your physical and emotional health. You will experience burnout as the house shifting day keeps advancing. How do you save yourself from getting drained? Simple, prioritise yourself and listen to your body. When you are hungry, don’t starve and eat without delay. If you feel tired, take a nap. When you feel anxious, you should practice deep breathing. Eat a healthy balanced diet, get enough rest, exercise, stay hydrated, and stay positive. This is going to take you through the moving process with ease and steadiness.
Packing everything in the house
This is a common but major mistake that you can make as you conduct a house shifting from Mumbai to Mangalore. Don’t presume that since it is house shifting, you have to shift whatever the house contains! There are a lot of unnecessary things in the house that you will not need in the future. Don’t move them all the way and clutter up the space in your new house. Separate the needless stuff from your household and sell, donate or discard them. Cut down the size of your move to cut down the cost of moving them.
The Final Outcome
Making Mistakes make us learn lessons from them. This sounds good but, in reality, it doesn’t feel good when you learn a lesson the bitter way. If you want to learn without tasting the bitter fruit, you should follow the suggestions mentioned above. Now that you are aware of the most common moving mistakes and the most effective ways to avoid them, plan your move tactfully. I am sure you will make the right move as you move!