If only real life could be just like the movies and our belongings could magically appear in our new homes with a snap of our fingers. Unfortunately, for the majority, moving is typically a hectic and exhausting process, and one that can be made even more stressful and exhausting with some common mistakes that many tend to make. You've got nothing to worry about though, because we've got your back! At HipVan, we're perfectly aware of how stressful and hectic this process can be, so we've compiled a list of 5 common mistakes that you should avoid making when moving, to ensure a more enjoyable and less stressful moving process!
1. Not coming up with a concrete plan
As the saying goes, "failing to plan is planning to fail." Failing to come up with a concrete plan for your big move is a recipe for disaster, and one that can make your moving process multiple times more complex and stressful. Once you've settled on an official moving date, start creating a plan for your move, giving yourself sufficient time to get all your pre-moving day tasks completed beforehand, so you have less things to worry about on the actual day.
Feeling stuck and unsure of where to begin with your moving plan? Head to this article for some ideas: Pre-Move Checklist: 10 Things To Do Before Moving Into Your New Home.
2. Not giving yourself sufficient time to pack
Along the same vein as the earlier point, failing to allocate sufficient time to pack up your home is another common mistake that many people tend to make when moving. Regardless of whether you're going to be folding all your clothes or simply throwing your items haphazardly into your carton boxes, packing takes time. Small drawers that you initially thought would take only 5 to 10 minutes to pack could easily take closer to half an hour or even an hour instead.
Giving yourself insufficient time to pack, or much worse, packing last minute, is a sure-fire way to make your moving process much more stressful. Thankfully, with proper and realistic planning, you'll certainly be able to avoid this unnecessary stress! A general rule of thumb is to avoid leaving everything to the last minute, start packing early and whenever you're free. Whether you end up packing a small or large amount of items tonight, it's definitely a small step towards a moving experience that's less stressful and more enjoyable.
3. Spending too much money on moving
One of the most common mistakes that many people make when moving is spending too much money on this process. Moving is certainly not the cheapest process, and one that can certainly end up being extremely expensive, if you're not careful.
Not everything has to be packed in boxes and left for your movers to move over to your new place on your official moving day. Try making some small trips to your new place before the big move, and bring over some of your smaller items like clothes, books, toys or even your pantry essentials. This way, you'll be able to reserve your packing supplies for larger and more fragile items that can't be moved as easily. Additionally, most movers in Singapore charge by the hour, so reducing the amount of items they'll have to bring over for you will certainly help you to save some money.
For tips on how to select a moving company in Singapore, head to this article: 5 Things To Look Out For When Choosing A Moving Company In Singapore.
4. Failing to de-clutter your belongings
The good thing about moving is the fact that it provides you with an opportunity to declutter, and get rid of items that you haven't touched in years. De-cluttering your items and donating, recycling or tossing out such items will thus allow you to move fewer items to your new home, allowing you to save on both labour and moving costs. So before you start throwing everything into your moving boxes, take some time to decide if you really need that item. If it's not something you've touched in the past year or so, you probably won't need it in the future, so pass it along to someone else who might benefit more from it!
5. Not coming up with a proper schedule for your deliveries
Last but not least, one of the most common mistakes that many tend to make during the moving process is the failure to come up with a proper schedule for your deliveries, and having all your deliveries arrive at once, leaving you feeling extremely overwhelmed and flustered. When your new furniture arrives, it takes time to sort it out, assemble it and find the perfect spot for it. Thus, if all your items come at once, much worse on your official move-in day, you'll just end up feeling extremely overwhelmed and frantic. So take some time to schedule your deliveries accordingly, and space them out! Prioritise larger and more essential items like your bed, mattress, electronics, etc. Settling into your new home isn't a race, so take your time to order your furniture and other household items, and space out your deliveries!