METCALF MOVING BLOG

June 12, 2020

How to Avoid Common Moving Mistakes New Homeowners Often Make

You put your home on the market, snagged a buyer, and finally turned the “for sale” sign in the yard to “sold.” Packing your belongings and moving to your new home is the next big step.

Our guide will help you avoid the most common mistakes new homeowners often make. Keep these tips handy to ensure your move goes smoothly.

Use a Checklist

Having a checklist is essential to staying organized. Use your list to manage your belongings and your time.

Things to include on your checklist are tasks that need to happen in a certain order. Make sure someone is assigned to each task to make sure everything gets done on time.

Declutter First

Before you start packing, consider decluttering first. Once you decide to move, start thinking about what you can give or throw away.

Don’t bring junk to your new place. Getting rid of things that you never use but take up space before you start packing saves you time and hassle. 

Allow Enough Time to Pack

Be realistic when scheduling time to pack. The task of packing can be much more time consuming than you realize.

Gather your packing materials early and knock out a little at a time. Break down your packing to-do list into small manageable parts. Erase the mindset that you need a full uninterrupted day to start packing. 

Instead, pack what you can when you can. Start with items used less often, such as holiday decorations and photo albums. Save items used more frequently, like clothes and kitchen items for last. 

Use Safe Moving Techniques

If you are attempting a DIY move, follow best practices and techniques so that you don’t get hurt.

Don’t bend over to pick up heavy objects and strain your back. Lifting with your legs is a cliche, but it works.

Keep the area free of kids, pets, and debris that might trip you up. Disassemble more over-sized furniture to make it easier to move.

Maintain Your Budget

Moving can run up your budget, but it doesn’t have to. One of the biggest mistakes a new homeowner can make is not watching where their money is going.

Here are a few tips for moving out to save cash:

  • Pack up your belongings by yourself
  • Find packing boxes for free or cheap
  • Ask for multiple moving estimates from local companies
  • Move smaller things beforehand if you can

Saving money starts the moment you decide to move. With a little bit of time and research, you can bring down costs and stay within budget.

Moving Tips for New Homeowners

These tips will make moving day a lot easier for you and your family. Use our guide to help you avoid common mistakes that new homeowners make.

Stay safe, save money, and keep organized by following our suggestions. Not only will moving be smoother, but setting up in your new home will be a breeze.

Whether you’re looking for full-service movers or need a DIY storage option, we’re ready to help. Reach out to us today to get help with your big move.

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