Whether you’re moving within the PNW area or across the country, it’s important to minimize the chances of a mistake negatively impacting your move. In this post, we’ll discuss five common moving mistakes we hope you’ll avoid as you prepare for your upcoming transition.

These tips are designed to guide you through your move, but contacting a professional moving company like PNW Moving and Delivery is the best way to ensure that the entire process is seamless and hassle-free from the start. Contact our Tacoma movers to learn more about how we can help, and read on for a few tips that will help you prepare for the move!

Five Common Moving Mistakes

Procrastinating

Moving is a stressful process that can easily become overwhelming to think about. Between finding a new home, packing, lease and mortgage paperwork, and all of the other little details that are involved in the moving process, it’s understandable that many people simply decide that it’s better to put everything off.

Unfortunately, procrastination buys you up-front relaxation by borrowing against the future. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or the day before your move, you’re going to have to coordinate your move at some point. The sooner you start the process, the sooner you can feel relaxed and relieved.

Tip: If coordinating an entire move sounds stressful, let a professional company like PNW Moving and Delivery help you plan the process from start to finish!

Equating DIY With Saving Money

The more you do yourself, the less you have to pay someone else, right?

Not quite.

It’s true that if you and a few friends move everything yourselves, you can probably get the job done at a lower price than you’d pay for professional movers. However, the trade-offs are numerous and worth considering. Moving everything yourself could put you at risk of damaging your belongings, hurting yourself or someone else, or getting behind schedule because the process takes longer than you expected. All of these non-monetary costs add up quickly and can be easily avoided by working with professionals.

Skipping a Checklist

Do you have a moving checklist? If you don’t, you should!

A moving checklist is a to-do list that helps you keep track of your move before, during, and after you’ve made the transition.

Don’t worry if you’re not a spreadsheet wizard or a master planner — your moving checklist can be as simple as you’d like, as long as it helps you make sure that nothing slips through the cracks. Some tasks and reminders you should have on your checklist include:

  • Contacting local movers for estimates
  • Looking into storage units if you’ll be between homes for a period of time
  • Buying moving supplies
  • Hosting a garage sale or getting rid of unwanted items
  • Planning for refrigerated items
  • Changing your address
  • Forwarding your mail
  • Transferring utilities
  • Move-out and move-in cleaning

We also recommend that you take notes on paper or in a note application whenever something important comes to mind!

Keeping Unwanted Items

If you want your move to cost less and go faster, move fewer items. It sounds simple, but it’s extremely effective. If you plan to redecorate or get new furniture at your next destination anyway, why not cut costs now and pull the trigger once you’ve moved into your new home? See if any local companies will offer cash for your furniture, or look into a recommended drop-off site instead of setting your items by the dumpster.

This rule doesn’t just apply to furniture, either. Clothes, exercise equipment, kitchen appliances, and just about anything else that isn’t essential should be considered. You might just find that a fresh start reduces stress and helps you make your new destination your dream home!

Contacting the First Moving Company You Find

We hope that you’ll work with a professional moving company, but we also hope that you’ll do your research before making a commitment. The first movers you find online might not be the most trustworthy or reliable, even if they’ve paid to get to the top of your area’s search results.

Look into a company’s credentials, pricing, and reviews. Are they transparent about what clients say about their work? Do they provide free estimates? Do they take the time to get to know you and answer any questions you might have? Answering questions like these can help you get a better understanding of what it will be like to work with a company and whether or not they’re deserving of your hard-earned money.

At PNW Moving and Delivery, we take pride in getting to know our clients and helping them understand exactly what their move will cost. We’re proud of our reviews and testimonials, and we always make sure that our clients understand what we’ll be doing before we show up on moving day.

Contact us today to get started with your move!