Top of the List? Failing to Plan Well!
Ah, 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 hire us to perform 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 even more critical! 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! Boo-Boos That Planning Can Help You Avoid
- Trying to do too much yourself. Be sensible! Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman you can’t do everything. 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 engage a professional moving company to do the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you can’t summon the time, the know-how40], 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 ending services (gas, electric, phone, and the like) at your former address and turning them on at your new address before you arrive. Special arrangements must be made and care must be taken to pack and ship large or pricey pieces. When the movers pull up in your drive, 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. Rushing around at the last minute is a sure way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
- Failing to formulate a Moving Day plan for the kids and pets. Are the kids leaving 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 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 considered. Don’t put off considering them!
- Not communicating 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 could affect your move date? Can’t make the time originally set aside for the home survey that governs your move estimate? Need to have the movers arrive a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are unavoidable. They don’t have to be an obstacle, 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 extra 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 truly cover the full 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? Certainly you’ve heard the old adage 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 guidelines above, start planning early, and you could find that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the anguish you dreaded!