10 biggest moving mistakes to avoid

Moving is stressful enough without making these 10 biggest moving mistakes.

Not leaving time to pack and sort house

If you don’t sell, donate to charity or give unused items away to neighbors, you’ll end up paying more to move stuff you don’t really need or want. You also don’t want to make the mistake of rushing through your packing. This can lead to broken items and damaged furniture.

Trying to be a DIY superhero

Professional movers know how best maximize space in a truck while reducing possible damage during transport. Even if you don’t opt for an all-inclusive move, you can still be smart about loading. Save your back by using dollies, hand trucks and carpet glides.

Forgetting to pare down pre-move

You should start emptying out your pantry a few months pre-move. This includes your liquor cabinet. Giving away to friends, or throwing a last shindig at your old house is a great way to prevent carrying opened, full bottles of alcohol in your car during your move.

Not getting an estimate

Many movers offer what they call a binding estimate, which basically locks in your move price. If you wait too close to your move or don’t get this binding estimate, you could end up paying much more for your move than bargained.

Not checking your insurance coverage

Professional movers legally provide basic insurance coverage that typically covers your belongings at 60 cents on the pound. If you opt for just this coverage and end up filing a claim, you may discover it doesn’t cover enough to replace heavy or valuable items, not to mention priceless family heirlooms.

Not adapting for pets…

Moving is difficult for pets, but pet parents can alleviate the stress on Mittens or Fido by sectioning off a room the day of your move as a safe space away from the commotion of movers. It’s also beneficial to prepare pets by driving them around in the car on short trips, allowing them to acclimate to life on the road.

… or plants

Even the hardiest of plants can wither or die because of a move. Consider giving them away or leaving room in the car for them instead of sticking them on the moving truck.

Not considering “rush hour”

You considered the traffic situation of your starting location, but what about when you reach your new home? Arriving at the height of traffic can make maneuvering a new city exponentially harder, not to mention the nightmare of trying to find street parking for an urban location at a prime hour.

Not giving a final look at the inventory list

Unless you’re watching every single box as it’s loaded onto the truck (highly unlikely), it’s a good idea to review the inventory list one last time before your belongings pull away. This is especially important if the truck holds more than one household. It’s not unheard of for a box or lamp to shift during transportation and end up in someone else’s load.

Not packing for Day One

After a day spent on the road, the last thing you want to do is rummage through boxes looking for sheets or toilet paper. Pack a box with these first-day essentials and keep it in the car with you or loaded last on the truck. You’ll be grateful you did.

Smooth Moves: Getting Professional Help

Moving is already complicated enough, so relieving yourself of the stress and work is a good idea. After all, you could relieve yourself by hiring someone else to do it for you. When relocating, hiring professionals makes the process smooth, easy and much less taxing.
Benefits of Hiring Professionals
When you are moving, we understand that you and your family begin to undergo a lot of changes. Finding a new place to live may have been stressful enough. Yet, there is a solution to relieve some of that anxiety. This solution is hiring someone to pack and/or move for you. Wondering if it’s worth the cost of hiring professionals? There are many reasons why it is more beneficial to you rather than doing it yourself:
  • Saves time
  • Relieves some if not most of your stress
  • Gives you and your family a chance to prepare for the move
  • Prevents many unneeded arguments
Should You Consider DIY Moving?
You may be thinking, “Hiring is far too expensive!” When in actuality, the cost is not that different. It’s a big decision between hiring and doing it yourself. But, as you see the cons, you can infer that hiring would be smoother and far more rewarding.
Doing it yourself has many negative effects such as:
  • Health problems (i.e. back pain, loss of energy, fatigue, etc.)
  • Possibility of breaking valuables
  • New found temper and annoyance
  • Lack of patience with family and friends
How to Find the Best Company for You
There are many sure-fire ways to tell if the company you’re looking into or have selected is trustworthy and actually worth their rates.
Some examples are:
  • The amount of time they have been in business. Based on their experience and record you can generally tell if they are trustworthy.
  • Their online reviews. If an overwhelming number of people had an issue with the company there is hardly a chance of it being a different experience with them for you.
  • Is the moving business insured? Are they licensed by the state? If the business is not insured or unlicensed, they are not truly a moving company. They are a group of people moving your items for an unreasonable rate. Perhaps they are working as a side job or to make a quick buck. However, this does not protect your family and possessions.
Moving can be a happy time as you begin your life in your new home. Don’t let the hassle and stress ruin it; hire professionals that will cheerfully help you pack and do the heavy lifting.