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Laguna Woods – Moving Tip Avoidance

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Top Ten Moving Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

 When you’re preparing for your upcoming move, it’s important to ensure that you know what mistakes others commonly make, and how to avoid them. These are the top ten mistakes we often see customers make, and how to avoid them:

1. Last-minute moving.

There are times when a last-minute move is just unavoidable. But most of the time, you’ll have plenty of lead time to plan your upcoming move. Take advantage of that time! You’ll want to begin hiring your moving company early, and then take time to plan the details of your move so that you can avoid the rest of these mistakes.

2. Choosing a mover too quickly.

While you can find a great Laguna Woods moving company online, you don’t want to just choose a company offhand. Instead, you’ll want to take your time to properly research movers you’re interested in. Double check that the moving company is licensed and insured. And then check the company’s customer reviews to ensure they’re a good fit for your needs.

 

3. Not reading the contract.

Reading contracts isn’t much fun, but when it comes to moving, it’s essential. Your moving contract will include information about what the movers are planning to do for you during your move. Double check to ensure that the moving company will offer every service you want, without charging for services you don’t want.

4. Leaving free resources.

Moving on a tight budget? Take time to use the free resources available to you. You can shave money off of your moving budget by doing the packing on your own. Then, you can shave even more off of your budget by collecting free secondhand boxes and newspapers for padding from family members and friends.

5. Packing your boxes too heavily.

If you’re saving money by packing your own home, take time to ensure that each individual box is properly packed. You’ll want to not only be sure that the items in the box are padded well so that they don’t break, but you’ll also need to ensure that your boxes don’t become too heavy. Otherwise, you run the risk of the bottom falling out while your movers are carrying the boxes.

6. Not measuring for furniture fit.

It’s easy to assume that your current furnishings will fit well into your new home. But this may not be the case, even if you technically have a similar amount of square footage. You’ll want to take time to measure each room of your new home, and decide whether or not your current furniture will fit there. If not, you should consider selling or donating your unneeded furniture, which will reduce your moving costs.

7. Forgetting to label boxes.

Whether you’re doing the packing or your movers are doing it for you, take time to label your boxes. You won’t believe how much easier and faster this will make unpacking, when it’s time for this step in the process.

8. Not updating your address.

Updating your address online takes just a moment or two, as long as you use the USPS website. The site allows you to update your address in just a moment. It does take the Post Office a week or so to confirm your address update, so be sure you do this well before your moving date. And then take time to update your address individually with creditors, banks, employers, and other important entities.

9. Getting rid of receipts.

Sometimes, your moving-related expenses can be deducted on your federal income taxes. Be sure you keep your receipts, just in case your tax preparer can deduct these expenses. If you do deduct them, you’ll need to keep your receipts for the five to seven years required by the IRS.

10. Packing restricted items.

Federal restrictions keep moving companies from handling certain hazardous items, such as propane tanks and certain chemicals. Ask your moving company ahead of time which items they’re unable to move for you. You’ll need to arrange to move these items to your new home on your own.