Moving Day Missteps

Top of the List? Having No Plan!

man looking at boxes in officeAh, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If we seem to be making too much of that in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you engage 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 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 Prevent
  • Trying to do too much yourself. Be rational! 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 what’s theirs in their bedrooms. Split up the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And hire a professional moving company to handle the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you haven’t the time, the proficiency40], or the inclination to tackle personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is accomplished in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for discontinuing services (gas, electric, phone, and the like) at your present address and initiating them at your new address before you move in. Special arrangements must be made and time must be taken to pack and transport big or pricey 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. Holdups can cost you – and not only money. Racing around at the last minute is a certain way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
  • Failing to develop 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 over? Have plans been made regarding 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 must be mulled over. Don’t wait to do so!
  • 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 might require rescheduling91 your move date? Can’t make the time first scheduled for the home survey that determines your move estimate? Need to have the movers arrive a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are inescapable. 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 attentively. What? You didn’t spot that added charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and transporting that mammoth grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t really 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 should never sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll surely get a bill you weren’t banking on!
Follow the precepts 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!