Moving Day Missteps

Worst of All? Failing to Plan Well!

man looking at boxes in officeAh, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If if it looks like we’re overselling that point in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you call on 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 event, planning becomes even more important! 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 Sidestep
  • Trying to accomplish 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 their own stuff in their bedrooms. Divvy 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 haven’t the time, the knowledge40], or the inclination to tackle personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is performed in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for discontinuing services (gas, electric, phone, and so forth) at your present 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 move large or pricey pieces. When the movers pull up in your drive, everything that’s got to go had best be ready to go if the move is to keep on schedule. Setbacks can cost you – and a lot more than money. Scurrying around at the last minute is a certain 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 traveling 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 you’re in^’ve arrived at in}76} your new home? You know these things must be mulled over. Don’t put off doing 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 postponing or advancing91 your move date? Can’t make the time initialy set aside for the home survey that determines your move estimate? Need to have the movers come a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are unavoidable. 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 carefully. What? You didn’t catch that additional 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 full valuation of your possessions? Of course, maybe none of that 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 adage that you shouldn’t ever sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll certainly get a bill you weren’t banking on!
Follow the advice above, start planning early, and you may discover that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the trauma you feared!