Moving Day Missteps

Chief Among Them? 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 event, 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
  • Trying to accomplish too much yourself. Why run yourself down? 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 whatthey call their own in their bedrooms. Divide the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And hire a professional moving company to do the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you can’t summon the time, the knowledge40], or the inclination to attend to personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is accomplished in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for cutting off services (gas, electric, phone, and so on) at your old address and initiating them at your new address before you arrive. Special arrangements must be made and time must be taken to pack and haul big or high-end items. When the movers pull up in your drive, everything that’s got to go had better be ready to go if the move is to stay on schedule. Holdups can cost you – and much more than money. Dashing around at the last minute is a sure way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
  • Not formulating 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 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 necessitate postponing or advancing91 your move date? Can’t make the time originally 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. They don’t have to be a problem, 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 see that added charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and shipping that mammoth grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t really 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? 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 tips above, start planning early, and you might see that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the agony you dreaded!