Let’s be honest, moving or relocating isn’t most people’s idea of fun. However, moving is simply a part of life. Starting a new chapter in your life can be fun, and you should do it right. After talking to many of our customers about their moving experiences, we often hear the same problems, and mostly to do with disorganization. The more you learn about what you should and shouldn’t do before your move, the smoother your move will go. We have gathered years of intel and compiled a list of the worst moving mistakes you should avoid.
Not Researching Your Moving Company
Relocating is stressful enough on its own and your moving company should not be one of the reasons why. Consider all of your options before you commit to a contract with a professional moving company. Make sure you have researched your movers to avoid any serious problems come moving day. To find the right professional movers for the job, you need to read reviews, get referrals and actually call up a few different companies for information and moving estimates. Make sure you ask all the questions you need to ask to ensure that you’re getting what you need out of the moving company. You may have heard horror stories about people being scammed by rogue movers but you shouldn’t assume all movers will try to cheat you. Just do your homework, the truth is that there are many honest, trustworthy and reputable moving companies you can choose from.
Consider a moving broker like ourselves, Innovative Moving Solutions, can help expedite and facilitate the process. All carriers within a moving brokers network are prescreened to ensure the movers have a valid DOT# and valid operating authority from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Brokers guarantee movers have insurance coverage for cargo, bodily injury, and property damage. If you choose to research moving companies and their service reviews yourself, make sure to check the following valuable resources for information:
Department of Transportation: All interstate movers must be licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate legally within the country. As proof of their legal status, licensed moving companies are issued with USDOT numbers by the Department.
Moving Company Reviews: Companies like Moving Companies Reviews and BBB are helping consumers find moving carriers they can trust. Check their databases of moving companies records to see if there are any complaints against the movers you’re considering for your move.
American Moving and Storage Association(AMSA): Check AMSA to ensure your movers are ProMovers. ProMover refers to AMSA’s consumer protection and certification program which is designed to help people separate reputable professional movers from the unlicensed moving company mimics.
Not Leaving Enough Time to Pack All of Your Stuff
Even if you’re just planning on throwing things into moving boxes, packing takes time. While this may seem like an obvious tip, it’s incredible how most of us procrastinate and underestimate the time we need to pack. While packing for a move, you often forget to set aside time to carefully wrap fragile items, find packing supplies, and organize your belongings. There is no worse feeling than finding your wine glasses are smashed to pieces, and your toiletries are nowhere to be found.
Get started early, especially if you have kids! Giving yourself an insufficient amount of time will always lead to stress and who really needs more stress in their life. Relocating requires multiple steps and critical planning. Proper organization is the key to a successful house move. Use a detailed moving checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything in the excitement. A good moving checklist will prevent loss of time and make sure you stay on track all the way to moving day. Areas you thought would take thirty minutes to pack take closer to an hour and then there are areas in the house that you know will be a daunting task.
Packing Without a Plan of Attack
Needless to say, the worst packing mistake is packing everything you own. We are all guilty of doing this, emotions stop us from throwing some items away. Randomly stuffing everything you own into boxes might seem like the simplest way of packing, but this will lead to headaches down the road. There’s no better time than during a move to finally let go of those prized personal possessions that you don’t really need. Before you pack, spend a few days going through your home, identifying items that you haven’t used in the last year and getting rid of unnecessary items. Take the time to skim through your impressive treasure trove of used clothing, books, magazines, and kitchen tools. This will save you time, space, and money. Who doesn’t like saving money! Use this opportunity to donate or sell anything that you no longer want or need. While you’re packing, sort items you don’t want or need into donate, sell, and toss piles.
Packing things randomly without a good plan will be one of the common moving mistakes, and it won’t usually lead to any satisfactory results. Always make a list of the essentials and items in the house that need to be packed last before you start to pack the first box. Unpacking boxes you already packed to find the stuff you need is never fun. Most importantly, set aside a space to put the packed boxes. Never make the mistake of packing heavy items incorrectly and over packing your moving boxes. You can hurt yourself and damage the items. Heavy items like books or pots and pans should be backed in small boxes so that carrying them is manageable. Remember to empty everything like dressers and nightstands before moving day. A dresser full of clothes is a dresser that’s too heavy to move and some movers will refuse to move a packed dresser. If using loading service with your moving company, contact them for more information on weight limitation.
Fragile items are the most time consuming and difficult items to pack. Plan ahead and devote enough time to this tedious process. Leaving the fragile items for last is never recommended. By the time you finally get around to boxing up fragile items such as plates and vases, you might be sick and tired of packing. Get plenty of cushioning rolls, air bubble wrap, newspapers and tape to adequately cover your fragile items. It’s better to go slightly overboard with the padding so you don’t open your boxes in your new home and find a shattered vase. So, to avoid this mistake, collect enough packing supplies. Most importantly, labeling is going to help when you unpack it. If a box is fragile or extremely heavy, mark that just in case.