Moving Day Boo-Boos

Top of the List? Having No Plan!

man looking at boxes in officeAh, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If if it seems like we’re driving that thought into the ground in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you call on us to handle your move, we’ve got a vested interest in making sure that it’s pulled off successfully. And if you’ve hired a mover other than us? In that case, 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 Avoid
  • Tackling too much yourself. Be sensible! Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman you can’t carry the burden of moving your household alone. Ask friends and relatives for help|assistance]29]. Let the kids pack the personal stuff in their bedrooms. Divvy 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 can’t summon the time, the proficiency40], or the desire to tackle personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is executed in stages. For instance, there are timelines for cutting off services (gas, electric, phone, and the like) at your old address and authorizing their hookup at your new address before you get there. Special arrangements must be made and care must be taken to pack and haul big or high-end pieces. When the movers pull up in your drive, everything that’s got to go had best be ready to go if the move is to keep on schedule. Delays can cost you – and not only money. Dashing around at the last minute is a good way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
  • Not establishing a Moving Day plan for the kids and pets. Are the kids going 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 is boarding him a better idea until you’re in^’ve arrived at in}76} your new home? You know these things have to be considered. Don’t put off considering them!
  • Not telling your moving company of 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 first arranged 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 unpreventable. There’s no reason for them to be a hassle, though … if you alert your moving company to them well enough in advance!
  • Not reading the paperwork from your mover thoroughly. What? You didn’t spot that extra charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and shipping that big old grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t actually cover the entire valuation of your possessions? 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 saw that you should never sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll undoubtedly get a bill you weren’t banking on!
Follow the tips above, start planning early, and you may see that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the headaches you dreaded!