Avoid These Disasters When Moving This Summer
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Though, whenever something goes horribly bad on moving day, it's easy to feel as if your world is arriving at an end. Rather than battling with such a calamity, it is so more desirable to plan for those contingencies.
The following are some typical moving day problems, and how you can avoid them:
Your Home Furniture Will not Fit
After traveling for hours and hours, you ultimately arrive at your new home... only to find that you are unable to push the sofa through the front door. That is a significant letdown, and a huge trigger of tension.
Solution: Check your big furniture pieces for all their proportions. Be sure to assess whatever you record with the measurements of your new home, plus your new residence's entryways.
Your Travel Plans Fall Through
If you hold off until the last second to make travel preparations (like lodging reservations for long distance moves, or plans for a pal or two to assist you to transport your stuff) then it's increasingly possible that they could fall through, and you'll be left scrambling.
Solution: Try to prepare your travel plans at least four weeks in advance. Arrange reminders for yourself if you need to.
Items are Destroyed in Transit
It can be considered one of life's most disheartening experiences to ultimately arrive at your new home, open the moving truck's door... and see that many of your valued things are decreased to destroyed parts tossed in the boxes.
Solution: In many instances, inappropriate packing methods are the root cause of problems sustained while in transit. Utilize suitable storage containers and boxes for each and every sensitive item that you're taking. Make sure to use plenty of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or whatever else is required to secure and cushion your belongings during the move. Or, you can always ask your professional mover for help packing items. Many moving companies will pack as much or as little as you'll need.
You Wind Up Paying More than You Expected
A few days prior to the move, you find out that your banking account is likely to take a greater hit than you formerly assumed. The moving company is billing you a higher fee for their help.
Solution: Various moving companies do bill increased rates for "last minute service." To acquire the best rates, don't delay doing things: reserve your spot as far in advance as is possible and always get a written quotation from the moving company you pick.
You have heard it before, but it’s worth repeating…moving really doesn't need to be hectic and bring you to the border of an anxiety attack. This isn't to say it's a time of Zen in your life, however with a bit of preparing and then some backup arranging, your move can be successful, and you'll continue to be sane.
Here are several additional important reminders that you need to keep in mind as you are planning for your move.
Employ A Trustworthy Moving Company ASAP
The moment you know your new address, begin interviewing moving companies. It's not the time to cheap out by means of a couple of fellas along with a beat-up truck--splurge on a professional mover. They will provide you with the following, and you can now cross these tasks off your checklist.
· Well-maintained equipment--moving trucks which go through scheduled service (check-ups, tire rotation, braking system assessments) and are completely road-worthy
· Professional workers which have learned how to wrap, load, set household furniture inside a truck, and reverse the approach at your new home.
· An insured crew and equipment--in the instance that a mover gets injured, the moving company takes care of the healthcare bills
· Professional packing should you be really bogged down. If you want a few specialty pieces packed or crated, they will take care of that for you, so you're able to rest assured your valuable items will arrive unharmed.
· Ask for a checklist of the items they can't by law move--chemicals, houseplants, and paint are on the list, to name a few. You won't want to find out at the last second that your precious bonsai tree has to stay behind.
· Expect a binding agreement and an itemized quote.
· Be sure your mover has a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) license.
Employ the Crew, As Well
All your chums say, of course, they'll help you load the moving van. Which can be wonderful--if you happen to be moving locally and so they can assist you unload, too. Also, if you're ready to risk injury, scheduling conflicts, as well as other slight challenges to your moving day.
Hiring professional movers ensures a crew who gets there on time, knows what they are executing, can drive the moving truck, and you can depend on to transport your possessions correctly. They will additionally unload all your stuff and set it in your new residence--and that could be worth the cost.
Move That Which You Cherish and Actually Use
The "if-you-haven't-worn-it-in-six-months-get-rid-of-it" guideline really applies when you're moving. Consider that every box you pack and move contains some price attached to it, and that adds up quickly when you're looking at many cartons. Eliminate unwanted bedding, kitchen devices, toys and games, home furniture--everything which you don't use, aren't keen on, or don't need.
There's A Blizzard Coming--or a Cyclone
The one thing even the most organized among us are unable to control is the weather. Watch the forecast and employ a Plan B if it turns out you're caught in lousy rain, snow, or gusts of wind. Work with the moving company a few days ahead of time if it seems risky to pack up and drive and reschedule if you must. If you are moving a long distance, arrange hotel accommodations along the route. Your real estate agent should understand if you're unable to be out of the property on time; terrible weather affects everyone, so the new people are not going to have the ability to get there either. Don't attempt to beat the weather system--they usually win. Moving companies won't risk their workers or equipment in hazardous weather; the good news is that it generally passes by in a day or two.
Place the Animals in Daycare
Your animals understand when you are troubled, add to that the vanishing things and they can really get distressed. Board your pets the day before the movers arrive and pick them up on your way out of town. Pack their beds, food, water, and toys for the journey and make them your final duty.
Now buckle up, chill out, and enjoy a disaster-free ride to your new residence. If you are thinking about a move soon, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call. We can help!
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