We have all read hundreds of thoughts and quotes on making mistakes in life. And no matter how wise they sound at that very moment, your opinion will change once you will be the one making those mistakes. Depending on your current mind state, quotes such as “Mistakes are a stepping stone to success” can even be somewhat inspirational. But once you’re on the other side, the grass doesn’t seem remotely green. If you make a costly blunder, grass might not even be in sight.

Nobody like mistakes. And no matter how hard some people try to avoid them, some mistakes happen anyway. And we all know the worst kind of mistakes are the ones made during a dangerous combination of stress, a limited amount of time, as well as when there’s money involved. One good example would be relocating a house with local moving companies in Toronto. Without a doubt, shifting from one home to another is a unique period in a person’s life where the extreme transitional nature of the life-changing event tends to put a lot of pressure on most people. Naturally, a lot of stress would result in more mistakes, in situations that are already stressful enough.

Moving to Toronto with professionals is easier! But, if you are planning a to move anytime soon and you’re thinking of moving on your own, then it’s crucial that you steer clear of serious trouble by avoiding the most common DIY moving mistakes. Some move related errors are too insignificant and can simply be ignored (for instance forgetting to clean your refrigerator before moving day). Other mistakes such as running out of packing materials will significantly slow you down, while others, like contracting the services of a bad moving company, could really cost you.

Stay safe and protected. Learn the top 5 mistakes when moving by yourself and how to avoid them.

DIY mistakes #1: “Assuming that professional movers are too costly!”

You can be assured that your belongings are safe when working with experienced movers. Many people wrongly assume that it would be a lot more expensive to hire professional movers rather than organizing a Do-It-Yourself house move. Honestly, making generalized comparisons is an unfair thing to do, since prices differ from one case to another. In other words, no two house move costs will be the same no matter how similar they may seem because of the great number of additional factors that affect the final moving price.

Generally speaking, a DIY move can be cost effective only if:

  • your new house is in the same town and city,
  • your move is local – within a radius of 100 miles – and won’t require crossing to another state,
  • you have successfully organized a house move before,
  • you’re moving out of a relatively small home that has not too many, too heavy or too expensive belongings, and
  • you know you have a few good friends you can rely on to give you a helping hand when you need it most.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you will pay more when you hire a professional moving company, especially if you don’t meet all or nearly all of the conditions stated above. Once yours is not a local move, a top-rated cross country mover becomes vital for the success of your moving adventure. Furthermore, you should never ignore any possible additional, hidden costs that may stand behind a DIY move. Such costs include obtaining quality packing equipment, renting a moving vehicle and tools, purchasing adequate moving insurance, paying for road tolls and taxes, paying for additional loading and unloading labor, food, and lodging along the way, etc.

DIY mistakes #2: “Packing and organizing are just other pre-move tasks.”

Packing up a house for a move is not just another task that needs to be marked as done before the Big day comes around. No matter your point of view, packing and categorizing your possessions is the most important job during your pre-move preparations. Failure to tackle it with the urgency, and dedication it demands, could easily become one of the most serious mistakes when moving in Toronto on your own.

To avoid such costly mistakes when packing your home, you must make yourself familiar with and follow these five fundamental DIY packing rules:

Whatever happens, you can’t hide from packing.

You should consider packing up your things first thing after confirming the day of your move. Preferably would be the next day, if not the same one. It’s easy to underestimate the staggering amount of time required to pack up for a move, and it’s even easier to procrastinate and keep postponing packing for later.

Unless it is your wish to waste valuable time and lose even more valuable money, don’t even think of packing all of your earthly possessions without sorting them out first. Create a detailed home checklist to help you slim down the number of your belongings before the move.

Make a packing calendar to ensure your packing process is disciplined and orderly. Start the process from areas containing items that are hardest to sort and pack – like storage rooms and the kitchen.

During a DIY moving process, one major concern for you and all your possessions is safety. Therefore, the first step to ensuring nothing goes south is to acquire quality packing materials.

Packing up an entire home is a challenge that cannot normally be dealt with by only one individual. To effectively keep up with your schedule, ask some of your friends to help you out, or even better – seek professional packers to finish the job a lot faster and safer if you can afford it.

Visit us tomorrow to learn more self-moving mistakes and how to avoid them for a smooth Do-It-Yourself move.