The amount of work that goes into organizing a successful move is often underestimated. Whether the move is small or large, must do steps when moving have to be taken to ensure everything goes smooth and according to plan. Engaging the right kind of help certainly increases your chances for a smooth relocation process, and it should come as no surprise that professional movers are at the top of the list of such help. The obvious notion would be that you hire them to help you on the day of the move to physically move your belongings from your old home to your new one. Although in a nutshell that is precisely what they do, movers can also help with particular situations, that you would otherwise have no knowledge on how to handle, and ultimately help you avoid last minute moving disasters. Although professional movers can be considered a relocation commodity, your salvation from moving disasters doesn’t only lie with them. You can hire a professional moving company or DIY, but regardless of what you choose, you must do your homework. This article on last minute moving disasters to avoid will not only give you tips on how to avert them but their onsets as well.
Last minute moving disasters to avoid
- Fail to plan
At the very top of our list, the main culprit for last minute moving disasters is failure to plan! As with any major life events, failing to prepare for a move leaves a lot of room for unpleasant, last minute moving disasters that can turn your life into a nightmare. Inexperience, as the root cause, often leads many unsuspecting victims down a path of many moving mistakes. The truth is you don’t need prior experience to know what and how to plan for a move. A single click of a mouse can give you a plethora of knowledge on how to successfully move your home. If you decide to hire licensed and insured movers, don’t hesitate to ring them for helpful advice on anything from packing, moving checklists, and any additional tips for a smooth and easy moving day.
One of our Founding Fathers said it best, “ If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin.
- Professional Movers
Professional movers, whom are fully licensed and insured will safely and sufficiently move your belongings to your new place in a timely manner. As great as that sounds, and as tempting as it may be to hire the first company you find online or come across in an ad, you are strongly advised against that, as you will quickly learn that not all movers are the same. While they may appear legitimate, don’t assume their credibility unless you check with proper sources first. Your move will be as good or as bad as your movers, there is just no way around it. Take proper steps to avoid illegal movers and find good movers near you.
- Fail to book movers in advance
Reserving a truck and crew should be done as far in advance as possible, especially if you plan on moving during the busiest moving season, which starts in May. The summer months of June-August are particularly busy for most reputable moving companies, as most families and businesses prefer to move during this time of the year. Failing to book good movers in advance can leave you with very few options to choose from. You may even have to reschedule your move to accommodate the movers’ schedule, not the other way around.
- Know your Rights and Responsibilities when moving
Legal moving companies operate under a set of rules designed by the FMCSA, to protect you while in the movers’ care. In addition, there are several responsibilities that you, as a consumer, must be aware of as well. If your movers don’t have a link to your “moving rights and responsibilities” on their site or a booklet, just ask them to provide you with this information. Make sure you read everything carefully and have a clear understanding of what is expected of you and the movers.
- Underestimating DIY
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to moving is that renting a U-Haul truck, and bribing a few helping hands with pizza and drinks is the cost effective option. Although you may be able to save some money by performing the move yourself, you shouldn’t underestimate all of the expenses that you will still have to cover. You should also take into consideration that your friends and family are not professionals and are likely unfamiliar with proper techniques of maneuvering heavy furniture. Serious injuries can result if people are not careful and of specific knowledge, not to forget the risk of damage to your household items and property. All of which can greatly add up way above what you would otherwise spend on professional movers.
- Not enough boxes
The amount of boxes required for a move is almost always underestimated. The integrity of your belongings greatly depends on how you pack and transport them. After all the idea is to preserve the contents inside to our best abilities, so that they make it to our destination in their original state. It’s always best to have extra boxes leftover than to have to pack things in questionable containers and garbage bags. While you may get away with packing your shoes and clothes in garbage bags, you shouldn’t purpose them for items that may get scratched or damaged. If you buy boxes from your movers, ask if they can take back any unused boxes at the end of the move. This way you can get extra boxes juts in case, and if you end up not needing them, you won’t be left paying for them either.
- Failing to reserve an elevator
Often times, if you’re moving in or out of an apartment complex, you must reserve the freight elevator for that particular timeframe. Regular elevators are usually reserved for tenants are not big enough to fit bulky items. The building manager will be aware of your relocation and should advise you on this, otherwise make the proper arrangements yourself. Don’t assume the elevator will be ready upon your arrival.
- No parking
One of your responsibilities when moving home is to determine whether or not there are parking restrictions in front of your residence. If you are a homeowner, you will need to be aware of any community regulations that may affect the loading or unloading of the moving truck. If you’re moving into a residential building, find out from management if accessible parking is available for a large moving truck, and the time restrictions as well, if any. Lack of adequate parking can result in fines, and additional moving fees.