Moving Day Errors

Top of the List? Not Properly Planning!

man looking at boxes in officeAh, 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 employ us to take care of your move, we’ve got a vested interest in ensuring that it’s pulled off successfully. And if you’ve hired a mover other than us? In that event, planning becomes absolutely mandatory! 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!

Missteps That Planning Can Help You Avoid
  • Taking on too much yourself. Keep your head! Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman you can’t carry the burden of moving your household alone. Ask friends and relatives to help you. Let the kids pack their own stuff in their bedrooms. Divide the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And engage a professional moving company to do the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you can’t summon the time, the skill40], or the impulse to come to grips with personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is executed in stages. For instance, there are timelines for terminating services (gas, electric, phone, and the like) at your former address and authorizing their hookup at your new address before you get there. Special arrangements must be made and steps must be taken to pack and transport big or high-end goods. When the movers get to your place, everything that’s got to go ought indeed be ready to go if the move is to stay on schedule. Setbacks can cost you – and much more than money. Rushing around at the last minute is a certain way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
  • Not developing a Moving Day plan for the kids and pets. Are the kids traveling with you or your spouse or staying with grandma until the move’s finished? Have plans been made regarding 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 must 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 first set aside for the home survey that determines your move estimate? Need to have the movers come a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are unpreventable. They needn’t be a hassle, though … if you alert your moving company to them well enough in advance!
  • Not reading the paperwork from your mover attentively. What? You didn’t see that additional charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and transporting that mammoth grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t truly cover the entire 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? Undoubtedly you’ve heard the old adage that you shouldn’t ever sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll undoubtedly get a bill you weren’t banking on!
Follow the advice above, start planning early, and you could see that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the agony you feared!