|Whether you are moving across the country or just a block away, moving is stressful, overwhelming, and anxiety-inducing. When you are bogged down with the various taxing projects involved in relocating to your new home, important tasks may escape you. You may forget to take pertinent preemptive measures that are essential to make your move affordable, easy, and without mishap. Read on about how to prevent the most common and easily avoided blunders made when moving.
You didn't plan ahead and the movers are all booked up.
When you are planning a move, the most important thing is to not procrastinate. Half of all moving occurs in the spring and summer, so if this is when you are planning your move, it is important to book your movers several months in advance. This means you need to do all your research and obtain estimates to compare pricing three to four months before your scheduled move.
You didn't get an estimate.
Before hiring a moving company, you want to know how much it will cost you. Estimates are based on the size of your home, the amount of goods being moved, and how far you are moving. Movers offer two kinds of estimates--binding and non-binding. A non-binding estimate will give you an idea of the cost of your move, and cannot be raised more than ten percent should you choose to hire the company. A binding estimate is a legal document and cannot be changed unless you request special services later--such as moving a piano down two flights of stairs. Don't be shy about asking the movers lots of questions about extra charges to avoid any surprise hidden fees and get at least three estimates to compare prices. You can get free online quotes from moving companies here at Movers.com.
Not purchasing additional insurance.
For no additional charge, the default compensation movers provide for lost or damaged goods is just 60 cents per pound per article--which means if your 50 pound flat screen television is dropped and broken, you will receive the lowly amount of $30. This is known as Released Value protection. To protect your belongings' value, you may want to purchase additional insurance. Full Value Protection holds the movers liable for either replacing the broken or lost item with something similar, repairing the item, or compensating you with its full cash value. Some moving companies will also arrange for you to purchase third-party insurance.
You try to do it yourself.
Moving on your own may seem appealing, especially if you are on a budget or especially fussy about others handling your belongings. However, moving is a strenuous task that takes careful planning and considerable brawn to effectively execute. If you don't have the muscle or the know-how to move a refrigerator or a sofa, you may wind up with an injury or damage to your goods or home. You are transporting your life to a whole new place--professional movers can help lighten the load during a time when you are already frazzled.
You didn't downsize.
The amount of old, out-dated clothes, forgotten playthings, unused gadgets, and other unnecessary possessions that we accumulate through the years will only add stress and extra cost to your move. You don't want to pack up a bunch of junk and drag it to your new place where it will only take up space and collect dust. Before you even begin packing, it is a good idea to sift through your belongings and figure out what you can part with to make your load lighter. Donate old clothes to charity, have a garage sale, and throw old, broken appliances you swore you'd fix in the trash. When moving day comes, you'll be glad you cleaned house.
You didn't pack properly.
To ensure your belongings arrive in your new home without so much as a dent or a scratch, it is crucial to pack with care. Make sure to use sturdy boxes, and don't cram in too many items. Wrap breakables carefully with packing paper and bubble wrap, and be sure to tape everything securely. Tape the underside of boxes as well to prevent any heavy items from falling through the bottom.
You didn't label the boxes.
Labeling the contents of your boxes takes only a few seconds and will save you loads of time once it's time to unpack. You should label your boxes with not only the room they belong in, but the types of items inside. This way, you can easily locate anything you need before you get a chance to completely unpack. Instead of just writing "Kitchen" on your box, write "Kitchen-plates" or "Kitchen-cutlery". Also make sure to write "Fragile" on anything breakable, and draw arrows to indicate the position you wish the box to be carried and set down.
You didn't check the inventory thoroughly.
Make sure every item on the list arrived safely and without damage before hastily signing this important sheet of paper. If anything is missing or broken you want to be aware of it before the movers leave. Taking the extra few minutes to double-check that every single box or belonging is present and intact will save you a lot of unneeded hassle if you realize later that something was displaced or destroyed.
You didn't pack a survival kit.
Packing a bag with all the essentials--a change of clothes for a night or two, toiletries, snacks, any medication, coffee, pet food, and a couple toys for the kids--will make the first night in the new home much easier. You don't want to have to start unpacking the second you arrive, so having everything you'll need handy will help you to settle in and relax.
You didn't research your new neighborhood.
If you are moving out of town, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings before you arrive. You want to be well-informed of crime rates, the quality of the schools, the cost of living and transportation and parking options if moving to a city. You should conduct a thorough amount of research on your new neighborhood and spent some time visiting it as well. Even after you have already purchased your home or signed your lease, getting accustomed to the layout of the region and the types of dining, entertainment and leisure activities it offers will help you feel at home much faster when you finally move in.
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