Moving Day Boo-Boos

Top of the List? Not Properly Planning!

man looking at boxes in officeAh, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If we seem to be overselling that point in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you employ us to perform 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 absolutely imperative! 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 Avert
  • Tackling too much yourself. Why run yourself down? 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 the personal stuff in their bedrooms. Split up the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And employ a professional moving company to take care of the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you don’t have the time, the proficiency40], or the inclination to attend to personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is executed in stages. For instance, there are timelines for terminating services (gas, electric, phone, and such) at your current address and starting them at your new address before you move in. Special arrangements must be made and steps must be taken to pack and ship huge or very valuable possessions. When the movers arrive, everything that’s got to go ought indeed be ready to go if the move is to remain on schedule. Holdups can cost you – and not only money. Scurrying around at the last minute is a sure 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 heading out with you or your spouse or staying with grandma until the move’s finished? Have plans been made relative to their school situation? Can you take Fido with you or would it be better to board him until you’re in^’ve arrived at in}76} your new home? You know these things must be appraised. Don’t put off appraising them!
  • Not notifying 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 require changing91 your move date? Can’t make the time originally scheduled for the home survey that influences your move estimate? Need to have the movers show up a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are inevitable. There’s no reason for them to be a worry, though … if you alert your moving company to them well enough in advance!
  • Not reading the paperwork from your mover carefully. What? You didn’t spot that additional charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and shipping that massive grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t truly cover the entire 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 saw that you shouldn’t ever sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll undoubtedly get a bill you weren’t anticipating!
Follow the advice above, start planning early, and you might see that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the misery you feared!