Moves Become Increasingly Complicated
Most people handle their own first move out of their parents house. It’s usually airly simple because they typically do not own much property, and sometimes it’s am abbreviated move like going off to college. As time goes on and you acquire more, and often more valuable, property a move can become a complicate process. What was once a move with a friend or two in an afternoon beomes a multi-trip project with a lot of friends – if any show up to help.
A local move can be complicated enough but a long distance move presents logistical challenges most people never imagined. We have prepared this article to help people from having to endure common moving mistakes. The following is a list of what we think are the top ten moving mistakes made by average people.
Common Moving Mistakes
- Underestimating the project at hand. It’s easy to not recognize how much you ahave acquired since your last move. It’s also easy to think that it will go smooth and not take that many hours to do. It’s easy to think you know how to pack well, load trucks in a way that prevents damage and get it all done on time. Big moves require experienced movers.
- Overlooking circumstance beyond your control. Many moves have turned into nightmares because people fail to expect the unexpected. You need to think about how to handle traffic accidents, sudden inclement weather, traffic congestion and such.
- Forgetting about terminating and establishing services. It’s important to make a checklist of services with account numbers and make sure each is terminated at your old address and started at your new address. Failing to do this could leave you without vital services or cause you to get double bills for services at each address. Don’t forget that if your move takes a few days you may stil need water and electricity at your old address.
- Signing a contract with a bad mover. There are thousands of horror stories from unscrupulous movers with hidden charges, poor delivery records, uninsured for damage they cause and even holding property for ransom until you pay their add-on fees. Check online reviews before hiring any mover to avoid suffering such a moving mistake.
- Ignoring the importance of insurance. Every mover says they never damage anything. The huge van lines companies frequently lose things in their warehouses. The truth is that insurance is relatively inexpensive and provides peace of mind at a time when you may be a bit stressed out.
- Not knowing that movers won’t move everything. Most movers will not move firearms and ammunition, jewelry, gasoline tanks, grills with propane tanks, and other potentially hazardous items. Some movers wil not move specialty items like pianos, art, antiques, etc. Ask before you sign a contract.
- Paying to move things you should discard. Most people find that they accumulate a lot of “stuff” and typically keep things they should have discarded. Cleaning out your home of unnecessary items can reduce your moving costs by hundreds of dollars – and make your new home less cluttered.
- Packing your must-have items. When you pack those boxes to load on the truck you need to think about what you need until those boxes are unpacked. Things like medicines, charger cords, toiletries are things you can’t go without very long.
- Failing to keep an eye on the inventory manifest. There are unscrupulous movers who may pack and load everything but some things just don;t make it to your new home. You complain but those items simply are not listed on the inventory. You lose your property and have no recourse to file a complaint or claim. Take a few minutes to review your inventory.
- Not budgeting beyond the direct moving costs. It’s easy to thnk about only the cost of boxes and renting a truck. Often you will need money to eat out, perhaps a hotel for a few nights, boarding pets, fuel for long distance moves, tolls, and deposits along the way. Envison the entire process and budget for every step of the process.