The 6 Biggest Challenges of Moving to a New House

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A lot can go wrong when moving to a new house, so it’s a good idea to educate yourself about what is involved in moving so you’ll know what to expect. If you don’t know much about moving, here is a list of the six biggest challenges you’ll face when moving to a new house.

Lack of Planning

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when moving is a lack of planning. You might think you’re on top of everything, but if you’ve failed to create a moving list, haven’t communicated with the previous owner of your new house about getting the keys, haven’t booked a moving company several weeks in advance, or haven’t finished packing by the time the movers arrive, you’re going to be stressed on the day of the move. Being organised will help you to be able to get through the move relatively quickly and with fewer problems.

Unvetted Movers

You should always look at reviews of the moving company that you plan to hire. Don’t just go for the cheapest service; if you do, you increase the risk of being scammed. Some scammers may offer you a quote over the phone and then increase the price later on, or they might demand the payment or a large deposit beforehand and then won’t show up on the day of the move.

If you don’t hire a trustworthy moving company, you’ll have to deal with movers who won’t handle your items with care, and they may not offer you a contract, so they won’t be liable for damage. You may also find that more valuable items, like your jewellery or your bow from, will go missing. If you’re not sure where to start looking, click here for more information on finding reputable movers.

Not Packing Things Properly

One of the most common problems people face when moving to a new home is not packing things properly. While overpacking boxes to reduce the number of boxes you’ll need to move may seem like a good idea, overpacking the boxes can compromise the structural integrity of a box, which means you’ll face warping and tearing when you try to move it.

Some people underestimate how much packing materials they really need. If you try to compromise by packing your personal belongings in boxes with insufficient packing materials, they’ll likely get damaged, especially if they’re brittle, like anything made from porcelain, ceramic and glass. You should also tape up the boxes properly, so your belongings don’t fall out of them and try to avoid putting heavy objects on top of lighter, fragile ones.

Property Damage

If you’re not careful, you may cause damage to your new or old house as you’re transporting things in and out of them. You can cause dents and scratches to walls and doorframes by trying to move larger objects, like sofas, wardrobes, and bedframes. Rather than trying to force things through the door that won’t fit, you may have to disassemble them. If you’re trying to move something bulky, ask someone to help you. You’ll be liable to pay for any property damage you cause, so be careful when you’re moving things around.

Not Decluttering

You should always have a clear out before you move. Get rid of anything you don’t want or need to take with you to the new house. If you don’t, you’ll waste your time packing junk that you’ll have to get rid of once you get to the new house.

Many people put off getting rid of bulkier items that they no longer need, such as furniture and appliances, because they are difficult and expensive to dispose of. Despite what you may think, putting off decluttering and removing these things isn’t a good idea.

Unfinished Renovations

There’s a chance that you may have misjudged how long the renovations to your new home would take and pre-emptively scheduled the move too soon. Just because you planned for renovations to be done on a certain day, doesn’t mean they will be. There’s always a chance that something could go wrong or the things you ordered for the renovation arrive damaged or are delayed. Give yourself a longer lead time to account for potential setbacks, so you won’t end up unpacking your boxes in a building site.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to learn more about the process of moving into a new home, so you are better prepared and know what to expect.

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