Ever noticed that every time you try juggling or getting hold of a lot of things at once, you often make some missteps? Moving involves more than just throwing your personal belongings into boxes and loading them on a rented moving truck. A stress-free moving experience and successful relocation requires proper planning and strategizing. Overlooking some important factors can result in a stressful and frustrating moving experience. Here are moving mistakes homeowners should avoid during their next move.
Failure to Plan Ahead
Some people are excellent at procrastinating things. Whether it’s a small move or a major one that involves heavy items, you must plan your move months in advance. Your planning should include making the necessary travel arrangements, researching on moving companies, sorting and parking your belongings, and notifying other utility companies. Using a checklist can help you come up with a plan of action.
Choosing an Unknown Moving Company
Not every moving company out there is there to offer the type of service you want. Some companies are there to prey on unsuspecting people which is why you need to research and find the right mover for the job. Choosing the wrong company will end up costing you more money than what was originally quoted. Furthermore, you could have your personal belongings damaged or lost. Be sure to ask for references from the company, no matter how great their deal looks. Friends or family can also be a valuable source of referrals.
As mentioned, planning is very important. Schedule your move at least a month or two before the departure date. That means you need to begin your research on moving companies early enough so you can book early. Last-minute scheduling can result in working with an unknown moving company or very high moving rates. You could even end up not finding a moving company at all.
Moving with Unnecessary Items
The fact that you’re moving to a new home doesn’t mean you should stuff everything you own into the truck. There are things that you won’t need. Remember carrying unnecessary items will not only be stressful but an additional expense as well. Take time and declutter your personal belonging and only pack what you need into the boxes.
Failure to Read the Contract or Paperwork
Failure to ask all the questions and raise all your concerns to the mover is a costly mistake you can make. It’s important that you have all your questions and concerns responded to. Let them answer your questions. Ask anything from their estimates to extra costs charged for the services provided. Once you’re satisfied with their response, it’s time to carefully read through the paperwork or contract before signing. Be sure to recheck the inventory sheet to ensure everything that was packed on the truck arrives at your destination.