Published on Tuesday, 08 May 2012
Moving is a stressful and difficult situation which rarely goes error-free. There are some common mistakes people do, which you can try to avoid. The first of these mistakes regards the moving companies whose professional help is often needed. When you are choosing a moving company don't just go for the most appealing one, with the best website and so on, because you might end up disappointed. If you choose a company with the lowest prices, be aware of potential hidden fees. You probably won't be sent the best trained professionals for a low price. You can easily get scammed hiring moving professionals and a moving truck, but another mistake is also assuming it's cheaper and even easier to do it all yourself. This is almost never the case. Packing and unpacking needs to be done professionally and correctly, so imagine doing this with all your items and furniture, loading a rented truck and driving it to the new place. First, it takes a lot of efforts, time and skills. Second, you may break many items while packing and loading. This also means that without being insured, you won't be able to replace any broken items. Another common mistake people make is not preparing enough budget for their moving. Relocating from a big house or travelling across the country will most probably mean a serious amount of money off your budget. These expenses need to be carefully distributed among moving materials cost, professional moving service, transport, insurance, etc. All of that should be based on an initial plan, which many people underestimate. There are so many tasks and activities involved in the process of moving that without proper organization in advance you will barely cope. This is one of the ways to save some money - by planning it all in a timely manner. Don't procrastinate on the day of packing - take care of everything as soon as possible to avoid rushing and leaving things for the last minute. Follow your list of tasks to complete before the moving and concentrate on what needs to be done around the house and double check everything. Another thing you should do is provide accurate information to the movers - this will allow them to estimate everything and plan an efficient move. Any specific circumstances which may hinder the movers will be charged. Inquire about your insurance options. This is usually a standard coverage which is free but make sure it is part of the contract before you finalize everything. Another important thing is to let people know about your move and its date. This will spare you any quarrels with neighbors complaining of the noise, the constantly taken elevator or blocked stairs. A major mistake is to forget about your children or ignore them. They usually have the strongest feelings about moving, especially if they have to change their town, school and find new friends. Keeping them busy and making them feel important and needed by giving them some responsibility will make things a lot easier for them and you. If they are too small - find puzzles, board games and other entertainments while you are busy packing and unpacking. Last but not least, make the proper arrangements for your pets too. They are attached to your home too, so make the moving stress-free for them too by keeping them out of the house and away of too many strangers. Dogs, especially, often feel protective of their space and seeing strangers touch and move things around and out of the house can easily aggravate them. Avoid making these moving mistakes and you will ensure yourself an easy move.
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