Buying your first house can be a stressful experience. You have no idea what you’re doing and it’s likely the first time you will have invested this much money into something. Even once you’ve bought your house and are ready to move, there is still plenty to think about.
Here are common mistakes people make when moving into their first home:
Underestimating how much stuff you have
When you can’t see all your items laid out in front of you, it’s hard to visualise how much you need to move and how you will do it. While you may be moving from your parents home or smaller rented accommodation, you may be surprised by how much you have accumulated over the years. Think about how many boxes you will need to move and what items of furniture you plan to take.
Asking family and friends to help with the move
Your family and friends will likely offer their services to help with your move, but it is going to be easier to do it without them. They aren’t professionals and could lead to you losing or damaging items during your move. By hiring a professional removals company, you’ll be able to trust them to do the job well and they’ll even offer insurance to cover the costs of any unlikely damages to your items. Your friends and family won’t be able to provide the correct equipment to move such as packing supplies, moving vans or protective blankets and sheets, whereas a removal company can take care of this for you.
Forgetting to label your boxes
If you think you have a small amount to move, you may just load your boxes and send them on their way. However, this will make both moving them and unpacking them much harder. It’s important to know what is in each box so that whoever is lifting it knows how heavy it is and where it should be stacked on the van. Boxes loaded with books will be particularly hard to lift and will be loaded differently to a box filled with fragile ornaments, so make sure you buy a pack of markers to write the contents of each box.
Not using packing materials
You may be tempted to cut corners and use old boxes or not enough protective materials. This could lead to boxes breaking or items being damaged. You can source good packing supplies from your removals company and they can even do the packing for you for an added cost. Don’t forget to pack a box of essentials for when you arrive with toiletries, kettle and tea, mugs, crockery, cutlery, towels, a change of clothes, bin bags, important documents and cleaning materials.
If you’re looking for a professional removals company, look no further than Essex Removals. We’re an experienced team that can help your first home move go smoothly. For more information, get in touch.