Worst of All? Not Properly Planning!
Ah, yes: planning. No household move is smooth without it! If if it sounds like we’re making too much of that in our blogs and web pages, you’re right! We are! After all, when you call on 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 event, 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
- Tackling too much yourself. Save your sanity! Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman you can’t get everything done all alone. Ask friends and relatives for help|assistance]29]. Let the kids pack the personal stuff in their bedrooms. Divide 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 proficiency40], or the inclination to tackle personally.
- Waiting until the last minute to take care of everything. Moving is executed in stages. By way of illustration, there are timelines for discontinuing services (gas, electric, phone, and the like) at your old 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 transfer massive or expensive pieces. When the movers get to your place, everything that’s got to go ought indeed be ready to go if the move is to keep on schedule. Delays can cost you – and much more than money. Rushing around at the last minute is a certain way to ensure that things get lost or left behind. Or damaged.
- Not developing 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 relative to 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 appraised. Don’t wait to appraise them!
- Not notifying your moving company of changes in your schedule. Has the start date of your new job in your new city changed in a way that could impact your move date? Can’t make the time first arranged for the home survey that governs your move estimate? Need to have the movers show up a little later than planned on Move Day? Okay, sometimes changes are inevitable. They needn’t be a stumbling block, 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 added 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 really cover the total 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 saw that you should never sign a contract you haven’t read. Heed it! Or you’ll certainly get a bill you weren’t banking on!
Follow the precepts above, start planning early, and you could discover that your household move has all the adventure you hoped for – and none of the anguish you feared!