Post-Moving Mistakes to Avoid

After months of planning, packing and stressing, you have finally completed the relocation process. Congratulations! You are probably truly relieved and more than ready to venture into the post-moving process of making your new house a home. As exciting as it may be, there are a number of post-relocation tasks to tackle in order to turn your home into a safe haven, for refuge from all of life’s challenges and uncertainties, and a comfortable place to spend quality time with the people who matter most to you. Adapting to your new surroundings and turning your new place into your dream home is easy to achieve, as long as you avoid some of the most critical – and common – post-moving mistakes.

If you are planning a residential move, familiarize yourself with the following mistakes to avoid when moving into a new house, so you can come up with an efficient strategy to steer clear of them.

Not Inspecting Belongings

When your belongings show up at the doorstep of your new home, you may be so relieved they arrived safely that you forget to do a post-move check. This includes inspecting delivered boxes, checking them against your inventory list, confirming they are properly sealed and also that they are in good condition. It is also your responsibility to examine larger household items for damage and to double-check all valuables.

If anything is broken or missing, you must report it to your moving company immediately. Waiting can lead to problems between you and your movers, and you may also be unable to file a complaint against your moving company if too much time passes. Not only does this mean your belongings are damaged or that they didn’t arrive, but it also means you will not be compensated.

Not Securing Your Home

Safety is crucial to your family’s well-being, as well as to your personal belongings (house included!). When you move into your new home, it is very important to take adequate measures in order to secure it. Follow this checklist:

  • Change all door locks and install a security system to keep thieves and trespassers away from your home.
  • Install fire alarms and smoke detectors in strategic locations, and supply a fire extinguisher on every level for safety in the event of a fire.
  • Ensure stairs, balconies and other places that present a falling hazard are well secured.
  • Keep your property in good condition by checking fences, shutters, chimney, roof, gutters, etc., and fix any problems to ensure your home is protected against weather mishaps.

Unpacking Incorrectly

Hopefully, you have managed to avoid at least some of the plethora of common packing mistakes when you prepared for your move. Keep up the good work, and make sure you avoid mistakes when the time comes to unpack. Here are the top unpacking mishaps to avoid:

Rushing. The mountain of boxes that need to be unpacked can lead to unpacking in a rush. But hasty decisions and impulsive actions can result in chaos, wasted time, accidents and injuries. To unpack successfully, don’t rush! Instead, take your time and think through each step.

Procrastinating. Moving is exhausting, which can sometimes make unpacking hard to accomplish. But refusing to unpack and remaining buried under piles of boxes is never a good idea. The sooner you unpack and arrange your home, the easier access you will have to all of your belongings. Your new place will also become an enjoyable home much sooner. Making this final effort to unpack will help bring your moving adventure to a successful close.

Cleaning after Unpacking. The thought of cleaning your new home may seem much less exciting than unpacking, but it’s a very important step to take before the unpacking process occurs. Cleaning is the best way to rid your home of dust, debris and germs, so be sure to have your cleaning supplies conveniently accessible to easily tackle this post-moving step.

Missing Deadlines

If you move to a new state, it is important to do these three things:

  • Transfer your driver’s license
  • Register your vehicle
  • Update auto insurance

Each state varies for how long you have to get these tasks completed – some are as short as 10 days. Before you miss the deadline, visit your local DMV as soon as possible, otherwise you risk being charged fees or facing trouble with the law.

There are also some other important tasks to accomplish post-move, including:

  • Registering to vote
  • Transferring prescription medications
  • Updating bank accounts
  • Insuring new property

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Importance of Creating a Moving Inventory List (Part 1 of 2)

Over the years, we acquire a lot of stuff, and keeping track of it all is definitely not easy. This is especially true in certain situations – like moving to a new house. Moving is a stressful event, and the only way to tone down the crazy and keep things under control is to be organized. One way to stay orderly during a move is by creating a detailed moving inventory list that contains all the household items and personal belongings you intend to take with you. Having a practical checklist like this to refer to when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your relocation will make your moving experience much more manageable. Continue reading to learn why creating a moving inventory list is vital to a safe, well-organized and stress-free move.

Why should I make a moving inventory list?

There are obvious benefits to having a personalized moving calendar – it prevents you from forgetting something important and helps you optimize every aspect of your move right down to the second the moving truck arrives at your door. But have you ever considered creating a moving inventory sheet, too? You may think it is not worth the time and effort, but believe us, once you start the actual moving preparations, you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that a home inventory list is indispensable. Not only will it help you stay organized and keep track of your possessions, it will also allow you to estimate the cost of your move and unpack quickly and easily after the relocation. Here are the top ways an inventory list will be of great help:

Visual representation. Most likely, you don’t realize how much stuff you actually possess – or what exactly it is. By creating a home inventory list, you will be provided with a visual representation of your belongings. It will also help you decide which items to take to your new home and which ones to get rid of prior to your move.

Estimate costs. Whether you ship your items or opt for a moving company, the cost of your move will depend on the total weight of your shipment. An inventory list will help you easily estimate the weight of your items and get an accurate idea of the final moving cost. It will also help provide your movers with all the information they require in order to assess how much time they will need to complete the job, what extra services will be necessary, etc. Knowing these specifics will allow your movers to come up with an accurate and final price of your move. It will also properly prepare them for your relocation so they can perform a safe and efficient move.

Packing supplies. Once you have a complete inventory of all items to be packed for your move, you will have a better understanding of the packing supplies you will need, the amount of time you will require to prepare your items for shipping, and the special handling requirements necessary to ensure the safety of your belongings.

Keep track of belongings. The amount of items you and your movers will be in charge of on moving day will be huge. The best way to keep track of your belongings is with a moving inventory list. As each box, household appliance, and piece of furniture is loaded onto the moving truck, you will be able to check off each item to ensure everything is taken on the road to your new home. This is just as important post-move, because you will be able to check your items against your inventory list upon delivery and immediately know if something is missing.

Insurance. Before you move, it is a very worthwhile idea to insure your belongings with a notable insurance company. It is also strongly recommended to note the estimated value of every single item you plan to entrust to your movers in your moving inventory list. This includes a clear statement of the condition of each item, along with photos, videos, warranties, maintenance receipts, authenticity receipts, etc. A moving inventory list will help you better determine the value of your belongings and the type of liability coverage that will best protect you. It will also help you file an insurance claim if any items get damaged or stolen during your relocation.

Now that you have learned the reasons why creating a moving inventory list is so important, move along to our next blog, which will provide you with step-by-step directions on how to make the ultimate inventory list.

How to Create a Moving Inventory List (Part 2 of 2)

In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of making a moving inventory list. This blog will provide you with the basics of how to create a moving inventory list.

Before you begin packing, you must stop, look and document. These are the key things that you must do in order to create a moving inventory list. Here are some tips.

Room by room. When making your inventory list, document all items in one room before moving on to the next room. This will provide maximum efficiency and better organization. If you prefer to list items sporadically among rooms, be sure to create separate inventory sheets for each room for good organization.

Document major items first. As you begin your inventory list, be sure to document major items first. These items include furniture pieces, household appliances, large electronic devices, etc. Once you have completed this, you can then proceed with your list by documenting smaller or more insignificant belongings. When writing down all of your belongings, be sure to note any items that will require special handling during the moving process. This will help better prepare your movers for moving day.

When making an inventory list, you do not need to document every single possession you own, like individual books, pieces of clothing, office supplies, and other odds and ends. Instead, your inventory list should include all large, valuable and sentimental items. Also note that your inventory list will become one of your most important possessions during your move, so be sure to keep it in a safe place at all times.

Details. Whether you choose to write everything down on paper or use a spreadsheet program via your computer, you will want to set up an inventory template to make it simple to use and limit confusion. Here are some essential columns to use when creating your template.

Column 1. State the name of your item.

Column 2. Give a description of each item. Make each description as specific as possible, providing information, such as: quantity, material, make, model number and any other distinctive features that may be of use to you or your movers.

Column 3. State the current condition of each individual item – and don’t sugar coat it. Inspect each item and be objective, noting the actual condition of every item. Document any pre-existing damage and include all applicable documentation, like warranties, receipts, certificates, appraisal statements, photos, etc.

Column 4. List the estimated value of each item. This is an important column on your inventory list as it will be used to establish the limit of your movers’ liability for loss or damage of an item.

Column 5. Column 5 should state the designated new location for each item on your list. By listing the specific room or location where each item on your list should go in your new home, your movers will be much more efficient; it will considerably speed up the unpacking process.

Column 6. The final column on your inventory template should be designated for any personal notes you may want to include about each of your items. For example, if you have numbered any boxes or containers, be sure to also note the number of these boxes or containers in this section of your inventory.

Visuals. Along with your written moving inventory list, another way to increase its effectiveness is to include visuals. Adding visuals, like pictures and/or videos of your belongings, will provide proof of their condition and will also better capture distinctive features of each item than written descriptions can. Just remember, visual records of your possessions are meant to accompany your written moving inventory list – not replace it.

Copy, save and backup. Once you have created your moving inventory sheet, be sure it doesn’t get lost or damaged during the chaos of your move. So always save, backup and make copies of your list. Also play it safe by keeping copies of your list in different locations, like in a folder, a filing cabinet, and even in the glove compartment of your car. For those who opt for a digital file, be sure to save your list to a jump drive or store in it in the cloud; you can also email it to yourself.

Another good idea come moving day is to compare your inventory list to the one prepared by your movers. This way you can check to ensure everything is correct.

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