Moving House: Common Home Removal Mistakes


Not getting an estimate

By getting an estimate or a quote before you begin your move, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and haggling with moving firms. They often charge by volume, so by letting them survey your premises and the amount of belongings you’d like to take with you, they can get a good idea of how much they will charge, and this will spare you the hassle of facing an unexpectedly costly bill once the move is complete.

Not labelling your boxes

Preparing your belongings for the move can be stressful enough; sorting them into boxes and loading them into the truck in a particular order. So in order to avoid even more stress when unloading, make sure you label the boxes. For example, labelling them by the room they are destined for can save you a lot of time and hassle as you won’t have to peek inside each box to check where they’re supposed to be going.

Not planning for your first days in your new home

Unfortunately, the moving stress doesn’t usually come to a halt once you have moved your boxes into your new house. Make sure you have a plan of action ready for the tasks that need to be undertaken in your new home. Things like sleeping arrangements, eating and entertainment all need to be planned for, especially if you want to avoid rooting through countless cardboard boxes to find your pillows or your cutlery!

Delaying the set-up of services

Phone lines, internet, gas and electricity – these can all take a few days to set up and become active, so it is best to organise them in advance of your move. This means you don’t run the risk of sitting at home with nothing to do, or worse, sitting in total darkness while you wait for your electricity to work! Liaise with your new service providers before you move and arrange for them to come round and set up in good time, so you can settle into your new house properly.

Forgetting to notify companies of your change of address

This can be easily done – in the constant back and forth that comes with moving house, and the amount of concentration it takes to stay on task and ensure a smooth move, smaller jobs can be forgotten. Informing you service providers, banks, insurance companies and any other creditors about your change of address must be done to avoid important correspondence being sent to your old address and therefore going unnoticed.

There are lots of things to remember when you are moving house, but the aforementioned mistakes are commonly committed, and rectifying them takes time and effort, effort that you have already expended on the move itself! So take care to make sure all tasks are completed in good time and you will save yourself a lot of hassle.

Here at Simon Long Removals, we are experts in the home removals process. If you would like to know more about what we can do, then please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today and we will be more than happy to help you.