Moving Day Boo-Boos

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 overemphasizing that point in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you hire us to do your move, we’ve got a vested interest in seeing 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!

Errors That Planning Can Help You Prevent
  • Tackling too much yourself. Be rational! 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. Split up the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And hire a professional moving company to take care of the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you don’t have the time, the skill40], or the inclination to attend to personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is done in stages. For instance, there are timelines for terminating 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 steps must be taken to pack and transport big or expensive items. 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. Dashing around at the last minute is a sure 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 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 yougotten settled in}76} your new home? You know these things must be considered. Don’t wait to consider 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 might require postponing or advancing91 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 needn’t 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 extra 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 actually cover the full valuation of your possessions? Of course, maybe none of that stuff was 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 shouldn’t ever sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll certainly get a bill you weren’t anticipating!
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 anguish you dreaded!