Getting ready to move into or out of your first rental? Then there are several things you should know about relocating as a tenant that’ll help ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
While many new renters assume moving house is as simple as packing up a few boxes and loading some furniture onto a moving truck, there’s a lot more to it than that. Unfortunately, if you inadvertently neglect certain moving tasks because you aren’t aware they must be done, you could end up losing money or valuable belongings.
But that doesn’t have to be how your relocation story goes! Below, we’re covering five of the top moving mistakes new(ish) tenants tend to make, so you can avoid making them too.
1. Not Hiring a Moving Company
Whether you’re moving into or out of a rental, there’s always a risk of property damage when you’re hauling large, heavy items like furniture and appliances. And no, we’re not talking about damage to your personal items. We’re talking about damage to your landlord’s property (aka, the walls, floors, and doors in the building you’re moving into).
That’s why hiring a professional and reputable moving company is so important. Expert movers and packers are highly trained in proper moving techniques, so they’re able to reduce the risk of property damage as much as possible. If you don’t want to pay to repair damage to your landlord’s unit, hiring a moving company is one of the best ways to ensure you won’t have to.
2. Waiving Full Value Coverage
When you hire a moving company, they’re required by law to provide you with a very basic type of moving insurance known as released value protection. But this type of coverage will only reimburse you $0.60 per pound, per item, in the event any of your belongings suffer damage or become lost during the move. For most people, that’s woefully inadequate.
Moving companies will also give you the option to pay to upgrade that insurance to full value coverage, which provides repair or replacement for damaged items, or, if necessary, reimbursement of the items’ current market value. Unfortunately, many tenants are under the impression higher-level coverage isn’t necessary for shorter moves, so they opt for the lowest-level coverage since it doesn’t involve any additional expense. But there’s no way to 100% guarantee your belongings won’t get lost or damaged in transport — even if you’re just moving across town, so don’t make that mistake!
3. Failing to Downsize Before Relocating
Tenants moving out of their first or second rental tend to assume they couldn’t possibly have accumulated a bunch of unnecessary stuff during their stay. But when the time comes to purchase moving boxes and materials, they start taking stock of everything they own and are astonished at how much there really is.
Moving all of that superfluous stuff can be a serious (and unnecessary) drain on both time and resources. If you don’t want to get stuck spending more of your life or money on your move than you should, downsizing is key.
How do you know what to downsize? Start by getting rid of these things. Once you get a taste for downsizing, it’ll be easier to identify what you can do without.
4. Failing to Plan for Pets
Often, new renters get so caught up in managing the stress and details of relocating the belongings and humans safely that they forget to arrange move-day for their pets! But just as humans get a little stressed when they know change is coming, pets do too. And as a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to mitigate that stress as much as possible for your animal companion.
The fix? There are several ways to ensure your pets get to your new home safely and with as little stress as possible. You can:
● Hire a dedicated pet transport company (yes, they exist) to safely move your pet to your new home.
● Arrange pet care for the day of your move so your animals don’t get in the way and create a safety hazard while you or your movers are working.
● Pack your pet items separately so they’re easily accessible. That way, you can ensure your animal friend has everything they need to feel as comfortable as possible when you arrive at your new home.
It’s also important to note that if you’re hiring a Minneapolis moving company to help you relocate, your movers cannot transport your pet for you. You must move your pet in your personal vehicle or arrange alternate transportation to get your animal friend to your new abode.
5. Leaving Too Little Time to Pack
New(ish) renters tend to underestimate just how much stuff they own and just how much time they’ll need to pack all of that stuff properly. Many assume they can easily pack an entire apartment or small home in just a day or two, but in reality, that’s rarely true.
Between having a full-time job, life obligations, and other moving must-dos aside from packing, there usually ends up being a (very) limited amount of time available each day to dedicate to packing tasks. Waiting to pack until the last couple of days before the move results in unnecessary stress and poor packing technique that compromises the protection afforded to valuable belongings.
The fix? Allow yourself at least a week to pack, even if you don’t think you have a significant amount of stuff. That way, you can tackle the task little by little each day while paying special attention to proper packing techniques, so your belongings don’t suffer damage in transport.
Alternatively, you can always hire full packing services from a reputable moving company (like Hedberg!). That way, you won’t have to worry whether you’re packing your belongings properly or whether you’ve set aside enough time to get the job done.
Hedberg Moving Solutions: The Minneapolis Moving Company You Can Count On
Relocating this winter? Let our expert team at Hedberg Moving Solutions help you simplify your move! For more than a decade, we’ve specialized in full moving and packing services for residential and commercial clients throughout Minnesota, and we’re proud to offer in-person moving estimates at no cost.
To get started or learn more about how we can make your upcoming move as simple and stress free as possible, give us a call today at 763-434-6683. You can also request a free estimate online, and a member of our team will be in touch!
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