There are so many mistakes that we can make whilst moving home, as there are so many things that we need to think about and organise. In order for the move to go as smoothly as possible, make yourself familiar with the most common mistakes made, and the ones you want to avoid making:
• Not preparing the route between the old and new property in advance of the moving day: getting lost can severely delay your schedule, incurring further costs from the removal company/van hire and meaning the move cannot be completed within the given time frame. Always plan and try and travel the journey in between properties prior to the day.
• Not calling the removal company at the last minute to confirm the details are still all ok.
• Incorrect Packing
o Of Boxes: overloading boxes so that they become too heavy or break, not labelling them so you know what it in each box, not protecting fragile items by wrapping them in something like bubble wrap, are all common mistakes people make.
o Of Van: consider where you want to put each box inside the van, too many people haven't given this a thought and have had fragile items broken by heavier ones being placed on top. Secure boxes with fragile items in, so that they cannot move about on the journey.
• Not considering the best way to unload the van.
• Planning an unrealistic schedule: moving home is already stressful enough, if you plan an unrealistic schedule you are adding more pressure onto yourself. Furthermore you are opening yourself up to extra charges here and there is things do run over schedule.
• Over or under loading the van: if you put too much into the van it will not run as efficiently and you may damage your belongings. Equally under loading the van causes your belongings to move around more which may also damage them.
• Not dismantling furniture that is hard to manoeuvre into a new property: having to do this when you get to your new property is very stressful as you are working within time constraints.
• Not measuring the entrance points to ensure furniture (e.g. sofa) can fit.
• Over estimating the size of the van: often the van will arrive and it is smaller than you thought it would be, this results in more journeys needing to be made to complete the move, costing more in time and petrol.
• Not ensuring the van can park in front of both properties: your removal company will not thank you if they need to carry your belongings out of your property and down the road before they can load them into the van, furthermore, this will take longer.
• Expecting the removal men to be able to disconnect the washing machine and dishwasher: removal men are not plumbers, and only plumbers can disconnect utilities such as this.
• Not checking the insurance you have included with your removal firm and how you are covered in the event of damage, theft or loss of your belongings.
• Refusing insurance offered to you
• Packing things you may need on removal day, such as moving documents and a kettle.
• Not using a removal company, deciding to do it by yourself and realising that you do not have the man power to complete the move.
• Hiring the cheapest removal company and not considering the services included and the reputation of the company
• Taking a removal company at face value and not researching them: just because they seem nice, it doesn't mean they are, always read reviews on a removal company before hiring them.
• Assuming that a DIY move is going to be cheaper than hiring a removal company: when you consider the extra work you must do, by yourself, how much longer this is going to take, all the things you need to buy such as packing materials etc, it may actually be just as cheap to hire a removal firm and have them do the work for you.
• Winging it instead of planning ahead
• Moving with unnecessary items: the bigger the load you are transporting the more the move will cost you. Do not forget that if you are moving into a smaller home you may have to dispose of some of your belongings that you do not have space for, do this before you move so you don't have to move them with you.