Chief Among Them? Having No Plan!
Ah, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If we seem to be driving that thought into the ground in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you employ us to do 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 case, 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! Errors That Planning Can Help You Avoid
- Trying to accomplish too much yourself. Why run yourself down? 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 what’s theirs 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 haven’t the time, the skill40], or the inclination to tackle personally.
- Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is performed in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for terminating services (gas, electric, phone, and so on) at your former address and authorizing their hookup at your new address before you move in. Special arrangements must be made and care must be taken to pack and move large or pricey items. When the movers arrive, everything that’s got to go ought indeed be ready to go if the move is to stay on schedule. Holdups can cost you – and a lot more than money. Rushing around at the last minute is a certain way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
- Failing to have 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 over? Have plans been made relative to their school situation? Can you take Fido with you or is he better off being boarded until yougotten settled in}76} your new home? You know these things must be considered. Don’t put off considering them!
- 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 might affect your move date? Can’t make the time initialy set aside for the home survey that governs your move estimate? Need to have the movers come a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are inevitable. They needn’t be a stumbling block, 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 actually cover the entire valuation of your possessions? Of course, maybe none of that was actually in the contract – and should have been. If you didn’t read it, how would you know? Surely you’ve heard the old adage that you shouldn’t ever sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll surely get a bill you weren’t expecting!
Follow the guidelines above, start planning early, and you could discover that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the misery you feared!