There are numerous reasons to relocate, most of which are exhilarating. Perhaps you have landed a new work or business opportunity, you have saved enough to get your dream home, or you’re just excited to experience a new neighborhood. The process of moving, however, especially if you have a large family or it is your first time can be stressful and most people do not know where to start.
You might have come across the advice of hiring a moving company, but given the numerous service providers out there claiming to be the best, the process becomes even more stressful. That being said, here are some of the common mistakes people make when moving and tips to go about the process.
Get Quotes as Soon as Possible
People have a habit of waiting up to the last minute to hire a moving company, which is one of the worst ideas. You’ll want to get a quote, months in advance. August is usually one of the busiest months to most and so, you’ll want to do this at least 3 months proper. This will help avoid any inconveniences. In addition, you will have a rough idea of how much the move will cost and plan accordingly.
If you plan to move during other months, get a quote from removal company at least a month earlier.
Avoid the Following Dates
For almost 2 decades, August 30th has been recorded to be the busiest relocation date in the county. Days towards the end of months such as April 30th and May 30th have also shown to be more popular with people intending to relocate.
Also, you will want to avoid Fridays unless you don’t mind competing for movers and being stuck in traffic. With an average of 27% of people choosing Friday to move, relocating on a Friday is most likely going to lead to inconveniences and frustrations.
It is best to plan your move on a weekday in January or February. This makes things way more efficient, and you’re likely to get better pricing as not many people move during this period.
Cheap Movers Vs Cheap Deals
The adage ‘’if it is too good to be true, it probably is’’ applies when it comes to hiring movers. You want to ensure that the mover you pick is legit and offers you a legit quote with no hidden costs.
Cheap moving companies are usually unscrupulous and you’re likely to end up with damaged or lost items, a contract that is full of hidden expenses that force you to fork out more money, or even the movers not showing up. As such, it is important to ensure you are doing business with the real deal. Compare their service costs, ensure they are licensed to operate in your region, and go through the contract thoroughly before signing that dotted line.
Most people fall prey to chaos during the moving day because they were not prepared. You’ll want to ensure that everything is well-packed by the big day. While this might seem impossible, consider things that you rarely use and set deadlines for specific items and rooms. This way, the only things that will be left to pack during the moving day will be what you use daily. A competent moving company will be able to advise further as it is hard to tell how long it will take to pack everything in your household.
Depending on your situation, the moving process can often involve a long chain. When choosing a completion date, both parties need to agree on everything in written form. This is an aspect that can result in delays, making communication vital for a hurdle-free and smooth relocation.
If you have large appliances and furniture, bear in mind they will consume the most time to pack and unpack. As such, it is important to know how to take them apart as early as possible so that they do not become a headache during the big day. Doing this could be the difference between a smooth and chaotic move. Some furniture and appliances are tricky to disassemble or move and with no preparation, you will be setting yourself up for an inconvenience.
With the many aspects of moving, one of the easiest things to forget is to reserve space outside your home for the removal company’s truck. To avoid the inconvenience, inform your landlord and neighbors and ensure your cars are out of the way when the movers arrive.
Moving to a new place can be exciting, but if you are not prepared, it can be a nightmare. Use the tips mentioned above to ascertain a stress-free and smooth move.