5 Common Moving Mistakes

OreillyTeam-CircleMasterFile9-Nov15Starting to think through your upcoming move? Whether you are moving across town or across the country, it will be essential to plan all elements of your move with care. As you plan your move, it can be especially helpful to learn from others’ mistakes! Read through these common moving mistakes to ensure your move is successful and stress-free.

Mistake #1: Thinking you can move without professional help. Even a move that is just across town or to a nearby neighborhood requires advance planning and preparation. You might also overestimate your ability, and capacity, for lifting extremely heavy, bulky items safely, without causing damage to you or your items. Professionals are trained to move these items and do so safely and efficiently, saving you time and the risk of injury.

Mistake #2: Moving stuff you do not need. If those items have been in your basement for years without use, are they worth the effort of packing and moving to your new home? Take the time to sort through items and identify those that can be donated, recycled, sold at a garage sale, or gifted.

Mistake #3: Forgetting an inventory list. Taking care to document items before you move is the only real way to ensure that all items make it to their final destination. Without an inventory list, how will you be able to confirm whether anything was lost during the move?

Mistake #4: Not taking the time to pack the essentials separately. Once you arrive in your new home, surrounded by boxes, you will be glad to have essential items packed and easily identifiable. This might include changes of clothes, toiletries, medications, tools like a screwdriver or measuring tape, a flashlight, your child’s favorite toy or blanket, and so on.

Mistake #5: Waiting until the last minute to plan for your pet. Who is going to care for and transport your pet on moving day? It might be best to arrange for your dog, cat, or other animal to stay with a friend or family member for several days, until you are settled in your new home. Remember that pets also must adjust to a move, and may respond better if they are kept on their normal routine as much as possible.

Contact the O’Reilly Team today for more moving advice. We are happy to help!