Moving Day Blunders

Chief Among Them? Failing to Plan Well!

man looking at boxes in officeAh, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If we seem to be beating that drum loudly in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you engage us to do 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 instance, 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 do it all. Ask friends and relatives for help|assistance]29]. Let the kids pack whatthey call their own in their bedrooms. Split up the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And hire a professional moving company to take care of the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you don’t have the time, the know-how40], or the desire to come to grips with personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is done in stages. For example, there are timelines for cutting off services (gas, electric, phone, and so on) at your old address and starting them at your new address before you move in. Special arrangements must be made and time must be taken to pack and transport massive or very valuable items. When the movers get to your place, everything that’s got to go had better be ready to go if the move is to remain on schedule. Delays can cost you – and not only money. Running 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 traveling with you or your spouse or staying with grandma until the move’s completed? Have plans been made regarding their school situation? Can you take Fido with you or would it be better to board him until yougotten settled in}76} your new home? You know these things need to be appraised. Don’t wait to appraise them!
  • Not not alerting your moving company to changes in your schedule. Has the start date of your new job in your new city changed in a way that could affect 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 arrive a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are unpreventable. They needn’t be a problem, 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 catch that additional charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and shipping that huge grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t actually cover the full valuation of your household goods? 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 saying 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 discover that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the headaches you feared!