Top of the List? Failing to Plan Well!
Ah, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If if it looks like we’re overemphasizing that point in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you employ us to handle 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 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! Blunders That Planning Can Help You Avert
- Trying to do too much yourself. Save your sanity! Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman you can’t do everything. Ask friends and relatives to help you. 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 handle the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you don’t have the time, the expertise40], or the impulse to attend to personally.
- Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is done in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for ending services (gas, electric, phone, and so forth) at your present 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 transport huge or expensive possessions. 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. Delays can cost you – and not only money. Running around at the last minute is a good 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 going with you or your spouse or staying with grandma until the move’s completed? Have plans been made to cover their school situation? Can you take Fido with you or is he better off being boarded until you’re in^’ve arrived at in}76} your new home? You know these things need to 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 don’t have 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 catch 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 actually cover the total 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? 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 tips above, start planning early, and you might discover that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the misery you feared!