To help you get organized for a stress-free move, here are a couple of common mistakes that occur when people pack their belongings for a move. If you can avoid making these mistakes you will save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration:
1. Start packing with no real plan in place
People commonly make the mistake of packing their things up without any real plan in place. They just start boxing household items together without having a strategy worked out ahead of time. The main problem with randomly packing things up is that it may feel like you’re getting things done, you’re wasting time and energy because you’re not doing this in an organized manner. The last thing you can afford to do is waste time when you’ve got so much to accomplish as it is.
What you need to do is create a packing calendar that you can continually look at and stick to so that you’re working at optimum productivity. You’ve got to prioritize every task so the most important things do not get overlooked, keeping in mind that everything will need to be unpacked and put away at the new location.
2. Put off packing until the last minute on moving day
Procrastination can be disastrous, especially when it comes to moving. It’s easy to look around and think, “Well there isn’t so much to pack. I’ll get to it later.” Yes there’s a lot to do but if you leave most of your packing for moving day just because there are more important things to attend to, you’ll be in real trouble. What you need to realize is that no matter how much time you think you have before moving day, the more you put off packing boxes, the harder it gets to actually start the process. Every day you procrastinate the more stressed out you’ll become and eventually this will all lead to a major state of panic. When you’re panicked, that’s when you make mistakes.
You need to make note of the concept that the only way to get things done right, is to get going on whatever it is right away. And in this case we’re talking about packing things up so you can get through your move with the least amount of stress as possible. Once you’ve confirmed a moving date, start devising a strategy for packing, get your supplies and start packing.
3. Deciding that sorting through things is a total waste of time
Another common mistake people make when moving is deciding that they don’t need to sort through household items before packing them up. People who do this are reasoning that it will save a tremendous amount of time if they just pack everything up for the move because they can always sort it out later once they arrive at the new house.
The problem with this thinking is that this will actually waste more time because you will be packing things up that really need to be thrown out or donated. All these items weigh something and the heavier your shipment, the more you will pay for the move. It’s going to cost you money to ship things you don’t need or want and will just get rid of at the new house.
Do not skip the task of sorting through everything before you start packing. At the end of the day, you should only take those items that you will be using at the new house. Everything else should be sold, tossed or given away.
Long Distance Moves (4-6 months)
Generally speaking, the further away you are moving, the more time you will need to plan your move. A long distance move requires several extra steps in comparison to a move across town, such as arranging for an over-the-road carrier, purchasing moving insurance and preparing for your life in a new city and state. You will also need to be sure to budget enough time to compare potential new neighborhoods and schools. These are big decisions that require some thought and preparation. You’ll want to avoid rushing into a long-distance move if possible. Give yourself 4-6 months at the minimum.
Big Change in Living Space (3 Months)
Another scenario that will require more time for planning and preparation is one where you are moving into a smaller home than the one you are in now. Downsizing happens more often than most people think and it can present some unique challenges. For one, chances are good that you won’t be able to bring everything you have now with you. You’ll either need to arrange to store these items, or unload them in a jiffy. The time you will need to get rid of stuff depends on how much there is. Some things you’ll be able to donate to local charities, others you can sell on Craigslist or OfferUp. Plan accordingly so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute trying to figure out to do with that extra sofa or the dining table that just won’t fit in your new home. (more…)
If you’ve chosen to hire a professional moving company to handle your next move, it’s important that you do a little research to be sure you are hiring a reputable and honest crew. The last thing you want to do is put your valuable possessions in the hands of those who are unqualified or inexperienced. So how can you be sure that the moving company you choose is any good? Most moving companies are pretty good at putting up a good front. To really know if you can trust a moving company, you have to be willing to dig a little deeper. Here are a few things to look for:
1. How Long Have They Been in Business?
Experience is a big deal when it comes to professionally packing, loading and moving your belongings. Be sure to look to see how long the moving company has been in business before you hire them. Companies that have been in business for at least 10 years or more are usually pretty good at what they do.
2. Check for Reviews and Recommendations
It shouldn’t be too difficult to find reviews about the moving company you are checking out. Reviews can often be found on the company’s website. If you’d rather consult a third-party review site, be sure to check Google, Yelp and Angie’s List. Reading some of the reviews found here will definitely help you get an idea if this is the right moving company for you.
3. The Estimate Process
You will probably want to steer clear of moving companies that give very general or vague estimates for their moving services. These are the companies that might come back with additional charges at the end of your move. Look for a moving company that asks specific questions to get a better idea of what your move will entail or even make a visit to your home to see items that will be moved. This allows them to give a more accurate estimate so you know what to expect.
4. How Will They Protect Your Belongings?
A good moving company will talk to you about their strategies for protecting your belongings as they move from one location to the next. Beware of moving companies that do not offer to wrap furniture and secure boxes once they are loaded into the truck. You don’t have to wait until moving day to find out if they provide this service – it’s something that should be discussed in advance.
What steps is your moving company willing to take in preparation for the move? Will they measure doorways, hallways and stairways in advance? Will they go over a moving plan with you to make sure everything goes in the right place at your new home or office? It only takes a few good discussions with your moving company to get a sense of how they plan to prepare for your move.
6. Crystal Clear Rates
When it comes to moving, most people want to keep the costs down as much as possible. There is nothing more frustrating to be quoted one price at the beginning of your move only to be charged a higher amount at the end. Make sure your moving company is very clear about their rates and expenses. If possible, get a signed contract that you can use to lock in the cost.
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