LOVELAND – Moving is always a hectic and crazy time in your life. It’s understandably easy to miss an important task, especially when you are also coordinating a simultaneous home sale and home purchase. Here’s a list of common home moving mistakes that you should avoid on your next move.
Forgetting to cancel utilities
Utilities should be cancelled/setup for the day of your move. Some utility companies require a technician to visit and take a physical meter reading. You may need to schedule this ahead of time to avoid a delay.
Not notifying the post office of your forwarding address
Although you may have contacted companies that commonly send you mail (i.e. banks, credit card companies, utility companies, etc.), you should still have your mail forwarded through the US Postal Service. This ensures that any important and unexpected mail will still reach you. Additionally, receiving all of your mail will better protect your personal information and privacy.
Leaving automated payments in place
If you’re like most people, you pay most bills via online banking. In fact, you probably have automated recurring payments scheduled. When moving, be sure to check those payments and cancel any that no longer apply to your new home. This includes mortgage, utilities, and other services for your old home. Additionally, schedule payments for your new home to avoid late payment penalties.
Things often get lost in a move. Things like closing paperwork and receipts may not seem important at the time, but you may end up needing them come tax time. Home selling and moving expenses may be tax deductible and losing track of that paperwork could result in missed savings. To avoid this mistake, be sure to set aside any paperwork and receipts related to your home sale/purchase and move.
Not setting aside things you need most
There’s nothing like arriving at your new home and rummaging through a sea of boxes to find things that you need right away. When it comes to everyday use items, be sure to put them in specially labeled boxes and load them last. This ensures that they come off the truck first and can be put aside right away for safe keeping. Here are some items to consider including:
- Important paperwork (school registration, Moving contracts, etc.)
- Phone and other device chargers
- Scissors and/or a box cutter
- Bath products (shower curtain, shower rings, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, etc.)
- Paper products (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper)
- A toolbox with essentials (hammer, screwdrivers, nails/screws, etc.)
There are certainly many different moving mistakes that you can make,.. more than we can probably cover in this one short article. The key to a successful and easy-going move is preparation. Hopefully the list above will help you avoid some of the most commonly forgotten tasks.