Top of the List? Not Properly Planning!
Ah, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If we seem to be beating that point to death in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you call on us to perform your move, we’ve got a vested interest in seeing that it’s pulled off successfully. And if you’ve hired a mover
other than us? In that instance, planning becomes even more important! The more prepared you are up front for not only everything that should happen but also a few things that shouldn’t happen but could, the better your move will go. So, by all means, plan! Errors That Planning Can Help You Sidestep
- Trying to accomplish too much yourself. Be sensible! Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman you can’t get everything done all alone. Ask friends and relatives for help|assistance]29]. Let the kids pack their own stuff in their bedrooms. Divvy up the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And employ a professional moving company to take care of the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you can’t summon the time, the expertise40], or the inclination to attend to personally.
- Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is done in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for cutting off services (gas, electric, phone, and the like) at your current address and turning them on at your new address before you arrive. Special arrangements must be made and steps must be taken to pack and transport big or pricey possessions. When the movers come, everything that’s got to go had best be ready to go if the move is to remain on schedule. Delays can cost you – and much more than money. Running around at the last minute is a sure way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
- Failing to formulate a Moving Day plan for the kids and pets. Are the kids heading out with you or your spouse or staying with grandma until the move’s finished? Have plans been made to cover their school situation? Can you take Fido with you or is boarding him a better idea until yougotten settled in}76} your new home? You know these things have to be taken into account. Don’t wait to do so!
- Not relaying changes in your schedule to your moving company. Has the start date of your new job in your new city changed in a way that could impact your move date? Can’t make the time originally set aside for the home survey that determines your move estimate? Need to have the movers show up a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are unavoidable. They don’t have to be an obstacle, though … if you alert your moving company to them well enough in advance!
- Not reading the paperwork from your mover scrupulously. What? You didn’t see that extra charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and transporting that big old grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t actually cover the total valuation of your belongings? Of course, maybe none of those things were actually in the contract – and should have been. If you didn’t read it, how would you know? Certainly you’ve heard the old saying that you should never sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll certainly get a bill you weren’t banking on!
Follow the precepts above, start planning early, and you could discover that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the headaches you feared!