Moving Day Boo-Boos

Chief Among Them? Having No Plan!

man looking at boxes in officeAh, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If if it looks like we’re beating that point to death in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you employ us to take care of 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 case, planning becomes even more crucial! 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 Sidestep
  • Trying to accomplish too much yourself. Keep your head! 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 whatthey call their own in their bedrooms. Divide the inventorying and packing of various rooms between yourself and your spouse. And employ a professional moving company to do the loading, shipping, and unloading – or whatever else you haven’t the time, the proficiency40], or the inclination to come to grips with personally.
  • Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is accomplished in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for terminating services (gas, electric, phone, and so on) at your former address and initiating them at your new address before you get there. Special arrangements must be made and time must be taken to pack and ship massive or very valuable goods. When the movers come, everything that’s got to go had best be ready to go if the move is to stay on schedule. Setbacks can cost you – and a lot more than money. Dashing around at the last minute is a good 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 going 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 boarding him a better idea until yougotten settled in}76} your new home? You know these things must be taken into account. Don’t wait to do so!
  • Not relaying 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 require rescheduling91 your move date? Can’t make the time originally arranged 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 inescapable. They don’t have to 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 spot that extra charge for the moving company’s packing services on page two of the contract? Or the cost of packing and transporting that massive grand piano of yours? Or that your moving insurance doesn’t actually 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 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 precepts above, start planning early, and you might find that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the headaches you feared!