There’s a lot to remember when you’re relocating, and it can be hard to keep track of everything that’s going on around you. Over the years we’ve seen most people make the same key mistakes when it comes to packing their lives into boxes and moving elsewhere. So, we’ve shared the top 7 mistakes we see people making, in the hope that it will make your move smoother and less of a headache.
Do not rush into renting your old house or apartment to the first person that shows any interest. This is a decision you’ll have months, maybe years, to regret. A good tenant will give you the peace of mind you need when you’re not going to be physically able to check on your property every other week. A bad tenant could potentially cost you thousands of dollars.
Assuming You Have Enough Time
You never have as much time as you think you do, especially if you suffer from chronic procrastination. Hint: Everyone who plans to relocate is a chronic procrastinator, so it’s a great idea to put together a timetable for your move and then stick to it. How far in advance should you plan? Ideally allow 3 – 4 months of prep time so you can factor in the delays, and other issues, that can and do happen.
Forgetting Your Bare Necessities
Anyone who has ever relocated to a new city, only to realize that they forgot the single most important item in their entire home, will guess what we’re going to say next: Never pack all your important personal belongings in boxes you won’t see for several days or weeks. What things should you keep within arm’s reach during your journey? Credit cards, cash, checks, your driver’s license, a favorite blanket and toys for your kids, a favorite toy for your pet, some basic toiletries, and medication you might need, a map, and a clean change of clothes. You can add to this list if you like – whatever it takes to avoid this particular headache.
Don’t Bother Planning
There are dozens of things that can go wrong during a move, so planning is the key to making the transition from one place to another as smooth as possible. If you think you can just make it up as you go along then we can assure you that you’re 100% wrong. If you doubt that go ask a friend who’s moved recently, because we know they’ll wake you up to the fact that not planning a move properly is going to leave you more stressed out than you’ve been at any other time in your life.
Breaking The Law?
You know that hunting rifle, knife or bow you’re so proud of? Well, are you sure that’s legal to own in another state? Or do you have a collection of vintage wine and whiskeys you’re planning on taking with you? If so, is it legal for your mover to bring them across a state line? You’d be amazed at what types of items you are not permitted to carry across state lines, including certain types of plants and animals. Check the local laws and regulations of your future home city or state well in advance.
Planning For Pets
Unless you’re made of stone you’re not going to leave your pets behind, so that means a trip to the vets to make sure they’re up to date on all their shots. Also, don’t forget to ask the vet for any tips for making the journey as comfortable as possible for your best friend. Your pet that is, not the vet. Well, unless your vet is your best friend, but they’re unlikely to move to another city with you.
There are dozens of items you’ve carried around or kept in storage for years that you simply don’t want or need any more. In fact, we’d bet that you can’t even remember why you hung on to most of them for so long. Do the right thing and sell or give away any items you no longer need. You’ll save a small fortune in packing, insurance and moving costs as a result, plus it might even help you generate some much-needed cash to have available during your move.