Relocating to a new home in the same city or some other state never feels comfortable, especially if you spent a few years at that one place. It can be emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing. The time and the amount of effort that goes into arranging everything around it are hard to calculate. And it is true whether you are moving out the first time or have done it earlier also. Every experience that you gain during this transition period tends to be distinct from the previous one.
However, the question is, did you learn from your past mistakes that you probably made while switching to your new home? Most of the times, what we neglect is the money that we spend on relocation. And to save ourselves from embarrassment, we convince ourselves that it was essential for saving time and all the hassles. Don’t allow yourself to fall into this trap. You can keep your hard-earned money just by avoiding mistakes that commonly most people make while changing their homes. Here you will learn about them.
Avoiding mistakes while relocating
1. Choosing to self-move instead of taking professional assistance
The one fundamental error that you are prone to make like many others is to believe that self-moving is a better option than hiring an experienced movers company. And most of the times the factor that influences such decision is money. People think that if they move on their own, they will be able to save a considerable cost. Well, in case of relocating locally, you can take a bit of risk. But, even during that time, it’s essential to calculate various significant costs involving packing materials, fuel, road expenses (such as toll, taxes, food, etc.), vehicle rental, moving equipment rental, and others.
Besides, the occurrence of injuries or accidents during the movement is also likely. Since it is an additional expense, you need to count this too in your overall spending.
After you reckon everything, sit down and take your call whether hiring a professional moving service makes a better sense or doing it on your own.
2. Not inquiring about the in-home moving cost
Another error that many people make without realizing the amount of time, money and effort that could go waste is not taking in-home moving estimates from the movers and packers. Every agency has its pricing and conditions. Some of these companies may want to communicate their cost estimation over an email or phone call. But that’s not the right way. You can get a realistic evaluation only after they visit your place for a survey.
Don’t be lenient in this area. Shortlist 3 to 4 companies and take quotations from each of them. Ask about insurance and the items that would need additional packing care.
3. Packing without proper planning
Trying to wrap things on your own without an appropriate plan is as bad an idea as moving out without a checklist. The reason is quite simple. It takes a lot of time to pack things and also money to get the right packing materials. If you don’t know what things you need to pack and how, you may end up spending an unnecessary amount of money for no or least benefit to your purpose. You may buy oversized or too small boxes for your needs, which will not only create space crunch but also packing issues.
4. Buying cardboard boxes
It is related to the third point in terms of packing. Usually, people get ready to pay a massive sum for cardboard boxes. Buying one piece is not expensive, but ordering about 40 to 50 of them going by the volume of your stuff can be a mistake as well as a sheer waste of money. More so because you can get these boxes for free if you do your research well.
If you realize buying containers is not that problematic as much as the fact that you spend your money on something that you could avail for no or minimum cost, and eventually cut down the overall moving expenditure.
Now, the question is, where can you get these without any charges? For that, you can begin with your family, friends or other contacts to find out if they have cardboard boxes. You can take to social networking sites also to put up your requirements. Besides, go to local home depots, supermarkets, grocery stores, and other such business houses for this.
5. Not bothering to sort out belongings
The chances of making packing mistakes are many, right from getting wrong materials for packing to not labelling your boxes correctly to leaving out the essential item boxes. But of them all, the most significant error from your end could be not strategizing and correctly sorting your belongings. Every room would have items that you can divide into three categories – carry, discard, and donate or sell.
Discarding unnecessary items can help you save money while selling things can earn you some cash that can go into covering your moving cost a bit.
You may want to jump this step thinking it would consume your additional time and energy. But the truth is, it will affect your costing and at the same time, still devour your precious time. From broken appliances to torn clothes and plenty of other items, you will be lugging with you for a cost. And suppose, if you are moving out to a new state for settling down, then the expense will further shoot through the roof as the size and weight of your moving objects will matter. So, the better choice is, invest that extra time on classifying your items, remove what deserves to go, keep that is important, and donate or sell things that are of some use.
In essence, these common moving mistakes in respect of the money are at best avoidable if you plan well and be thoughtful about the entire process from the beginning. It may look tedious, but remember some initial pain can ultimately lead to a fair amount of money saving on your part.
About The Author
Delco Removals is a removal and storage company in Australia. They have 20 years of experience and is one of Australia’s most trusted removalists. For more info on their services check their website.