Have you bought your dream home? After you’ve made an offer and closed on the deal, it’s time to start packing your belongings and preparing for the big move. If this is your first time moving, make sure that you avoid these common moving disasters:
It can be hard to set up your new living space in the dark, so don’t forget to transfer your utilities to your new address. If you live in a hot climate, the strenuous task of lifting furniture and carrying heavy boxes would be miserable without the air conditioner cranked on, so this is even more important in places like Florida. Plus, there’s no better way to unwind after a stressful day of moving than to kick back and watch your favorite TV show—but that’s impossible without cable and electric.
Don’t just hire the first moving company that you run into, or the one that offers you a significantly lower price than others without doing research. There are a lot of moving companies out there that try to scam new homeowners by offering low prices upfront, but then piling on incredible amounts of add-on fees that were never discussed. These movers could even hold your belongings until you cough up the extra cash, even though that wasn’t part of your original deal! Avoid this stressful (and costly) situation by thoroughly researching moving companies before you sign on the dotted line with one.
As you hurried to get all of your belongings packed up and ready to go, you forget to label each of the boxes and now you have no idea where the stuff that you need is located. This is a common problem with movers that can cause a big headache. Let’s say you get to your new home late at night, so you have no time to start unpacking things right away. The movers have already put in your furniture, so you can’t wait to crawl into bed to get a good night’s sleep and rest up for a day of unpacking tomorrow. But, wait! Where did you pack your pillows, sheets and blankets? Without the proper labeling, you may be up for hours digging through boxes to find the items that you need.
Issues with the furniture.
Make sure that you measure the width of the entryway to your new home so you know which pieces of furniture will fit through the door. If you tell the movers to take everything without figuring out if it will all fit, you could be stuck leaving pieces of furniture behind when you realize they won’t fit through the door. Plan ahead so you don’t have to pay movers to take any pieces that you won’t be able to use anyways.
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