Moving? Avoid These Common Mistakes

Most people will move a few times in their lifetimes. They will move out of an apartment into their first new home, and then again when they retire and buy a condo to downsize into. Other people will move more often, like for a new job, to move into a newly built neighborhood or condo community, and so on.

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, regardless of the number of times you have moved in the past, you will want to make sure to review the following common mistakes people have made to ensure your move is low-stress and hassle-free.

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Mistake #1: Hiring the first moving company you find.

You will want to shop around and compare rates of different moving companies. Remember to request an in-home visit, which should be free so you will have accurate quotes. This will allow you to determine if it is worth hiring a company or exploring other options. For instance, you might discover it is less expensive to rent your own moving truck and then hire professional movers to load and unload the truck at each end of the move.

Mistake #2: Waiting until the last minute to start packing.

It can take days or even weeks to properly pack your belongings for the move. If you wait until the last minute, there is a greater chance your items could get damaged during the move. Not to mention, your items will be disorganized, so unpacking and trying to find things you need right away will be a nightmare.

Mistake #3: Not getting plenty of moving supplies.

You will want to get boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, furniture pads, and other such items ahead of time. Some moving companies will have a huge markup on these items if you run out on moving day and have to rely on your mover to provide them.

Mistake #4: Moving items you do not need.

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Most people have items they no longer want or need, yet they pack and move them to their new home. Not only does this mean you will need a larger truck, but you are also wasting money on moving supplies. It is better to go through your items as you pack, and sell or donate items you do not want.

Mistake #5: Not enlisting the help of friends and family.

Utilizing your friends and family to help you pack and even move can save you money. Even if you are using a professional moving company, remember most quotes are for a set number of hours. If you exceed this, then the hourly labour rate can be costly—so it is better to make sure everything is prepared ahead of time and in a location where the movers can load the truck quickly and easily.

When you can avoid these mistakes, your moving experience will be more pleasant. If you are shopping for a new home or new condo in Ottawa, remember to explore our communities here at Phoenix Homes. Please feel free to contact us at 613-723-9227 for more information or to schedule a tour of one of our model homes today!

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