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Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Moving

As you’re preparing for your upcoming move, it’s important to take time to plan properly, so that you don’t make mistakes during the moving process. The most common moving mistakes are easy to avoid. Here are the top ten mistakes moving customers make, and how you can avoid them.

1. Not planning early enough.

When you’re dealing with all the details of moving to a new home – selling and buying and renting and changing schools for your kids – it’s easy to leave the planning of the actual move until the last minute. But the earlier you start planning your move, the less likely it will be that you make these other mistakes.

2. Failing to research your moving company.

When you’re preparing to move, choosing the right La Palma moving company is the most important piece of the puzzle. Be sure you’re getting the right services for your money by researching your moving company. Ensure that your movers are licensed and insured, and check customer reviews to make sure they typically provide good services. It will be well worth your time.

 

3. Failing to understand the contract.

The bill of lading is the contact between you and the moving company. Be sure to thoroughly examine the contract to ensure you and the movers are on the same page. Even the best La Palma moving companies can have miscommunications, which will translate into the contract. Take time to read through the contract so that you know what you’re getting into.

4. Failing to use free resources.

If you’re budgeting tightly for your upcoming move, you’ll want to take advantage of any savings you can access. If you’re packing your own home, take advantage of possibly free packing resources, like boxes from your friends and neighbors and used newspapers for packing materials.

5. Not using the right boxes.

The best way to ensure that your boxes don’t get too heavy–and therefore more likely to break–is to use the appropriately sized box for each item you pack. Pack lighter weight, bulkier items into larger boxes, and denser, heavier items into smaller boxes. This will ensure that your boxes don’t break during the move.

6. Not measuring for your furniture.

If your new home is similar in square footage to your current home, it’s easy to assume that your furniture will fit appropriately. But this may not be the case. Measure your new rooms, and your furniture. Any pieces that won’t fit are best donated or sold before the move, which will save you money on the move.

7. Skipping labels on boxes.

Regardless of who is packing your home, you’ll want to be sure that all your boxes are properly labeled. At minimum, take time to mark heavy or fragile boxes with the appropriate label. Then, be sure to label each box with the room it goes into as well as the contents of the box. You won’t regret the additional time spent when it’s time to unpack all your boxes!

8. Forgetting to update your address.

Updating your address is easy online at the U.S. Postal Service website. Do it as soon as you have your new address, and you won’t risk missing any important mail during the transition. It’s also a good idea to send an address update card to close friends and family members, and to call any important creditors to update your address on your accounts with them.

9. Throwing away receipts.

Sometimes, you can deduct moving-related expenses from your federal income taxes. If this is the case, you’ll need to hold on to your receipts, and will need to keep them for several years in case of a potential IRS audit. File your receipts away until tax time, at least, when you can find out if you qualify for the deduction.

10. Packing items the movers won’t handle.

Even the best La Palma moving company can’t take every item in your home or garage to your new home. That’s because movers are restricted by federal laws that prevent them from moving potentially hazardous materials. For instance, movers can’t take items like propane tanks and some chemicals. Check with your moving company about the items they can’t handle, so that you can make alternative arrangements for these items.