Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Moving Home

12 Mar 2022

Moving home is such a big decision and it can be very stressful. It is important to do your research before you make any decisions. We at Instant Self Storage have compiled a list of the top 10 mistakes people make when moving home so that you don't fall into these traps! The 10 most common mistakes are:

Packing all your worldly belongings can seem like a daunting task, but it's important to stay organized. It is best to pack one box at a time until you finish packing the entire house. Make sure not to overpack! This will only make for more trips with heavy boxes and long waits in line at the moving truck company office or storage facility.

Forgetting to pack the important items
No matter how small, it is always a good idea to wrap up and box valuable personal effects such as any jewelry or keepsakes. It's also a smart move to take pictures of furniture you have purchased for your home to get an accurate inventory list when unpacking all those boxes. Aside from these things, be sure not to forget about the essentials like kitchenware and plates! Make sure not to forget about your most valued possessions though like expensive jewelry or heirlooms.

Forgetting to Pack important documents
It's never a good idea to pack up and move without your identity. There are many things you'll need to bring with you when moving home, but be sure not to forget the most important of all items-your ID! If there is anything that will make getting settled in your new location more difficult, it's being unable to get into your own apartment or house because of this one simple oversight. You may also want to take pictures of any expensive furniture for an accurate inventory list while unpacking those boxes at the other end!

Not Leaving a forwarding address
It's always important to notify your utility companies about your new move, for them not to turn off the utilities and force you out of your house. Letting everyone else know where you will be living is also very helpful so they can send mail there instead of sending it back unopened! In addition, giving some notice by leaving a forwarding address with any clubs or organizations that require payment on an annual basis (e.g., gym memberships) allows time to cancel those accounts before being charged again at their old location.

Not Asking for help

It can be hard to find the time and patience necessary when you are moving home. However, it is important to ask friends or family for assistance with loading a truck, unpacking boxes, or disposing of unwanted items. It will make your move that much easier!

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Not Keeping track of your belongings
With so many things going on during a major relocation such as packing up all personal possessions and terminating cable subscriptions; it's easy to forget what belongs where before unloading everything into one household (or worse yet- just throwing them away). Always take inventory lists to prevent confusion later on!

Spending too much money on the move
Moving can be very expensive. By doing your research and planning, you will find it easier to calculate how much money is needed for a successful relocation. It's also important to compare quotes of different companies as well as weighing whether or not renting a truck might save you some cash!

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Not Fully exploring their new neighborhood before moving in
It may seem obvious but many people miss this step when they are looking into buying a home recently especially if it's an area that has changed significantly since they were last there (for example Forest Lake). Make sure that you know everything about where you're living beforehand so make less costly mistakes down the line!

Not Renting a Self Storage Unit

If you're moving from a house or condo, it can be tempting to just pack up all of your belongings and move them with you but that's not the most sensible option. Self Storage Forest Lake units are so much more affordable than they used to be (sometimes costing as little as $50 per month) and if you haven't made any new purchases since leaving then there is no need for expensive movers!

Not updating their beneficiaries on any important life insurance policies
It sounds like such an easy thing to do but many people forget about this one when making arrangements for their move: update your beneficiary information beforehand rather than afterward because the latter option can be more difficult.

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