Moving made simple – 9 common mistakes and how to avoid them
Sure, we all make mistakes, but you want moving day to be smooth as silk. That’s why we’ve compiled a few ideas to help make sure you have the best moving day possible. On a day that already feels hectic enough it’s nice to know planning a local move has paid off. You’ll be glad you have a team of professionals there to help!
Planning a local move properly.
When you’ve decided to move the next step is to decide how you will do it. Take some time to consider all your options so you can make the best decision possible. Maybe you’ve got a ton of stuff, or just a few large items that require assistance. Assessing your needs in advance will save you headaches down the line. Once you have a handle on what you have to move you will be better equipped to get an accurate quote… Transparent, straightforward pricing will make all the difference on moving day!
Set a reasonable budget but be flexible.
Moving is never cheap, but it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Even doing it all yourself comes with a price. Packing materials, Truck Rental, gas and insurance are just a few things that start to add up quickly. Setting reasonable expectations can leave you feeling much more satisfied after your move. If you go with the cheapest quote, it might be reflected in the quality of the service you receive. So whether you do it yourself or hire a pro… Set a budget but leave a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses.
Don’t withhold details to get a lower quote.
This is one of the worst mistakes people make… It ALWAYS leads to an unpleasant experience. Nothing is worse than getting a bill that’s more than you expected. If you don’t feel confident describing the job over the phone, that’s okay. Just ask for an on-site evaluation to make sure you get the most accurate pricing upfront. A good Moving company loves nothing more than a satisfied customer.
Schedule in advance during moving season.
From early spring to late fall people are moving. The weather is great, and so is the moving business! The longer you wait to book your movers, the less likely they will be able to work around your schedule. So, planning a local move in advance should be a top priority… That way your movers can offer you the time and dedication you deserve.
Consider insurance more than just an option.
People always think “it’ll be fine, that won’t happen to me…” And most of the time you are right. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and accidents DO happen. Knowing that you’re fully covered will provide more than replacement value for a damaged item. It provides peace of mind on moving day. So, there’s one less thing to worry about!
Safeguard your valuables.
Wedding rings… Photo albums… Grandma’s irreplaceable ceramic knick knack… Some things just can’t be covered by insurance. Extremely valuable items, whether monetary or sentimental, should never be packed in the truck with the bulk of your goods. These are the kinds of things that should stay with you. If it’s close to your heart, keep it close to your side on moving day.
Be ready when movers arrive.
Trying to pack and tie up loose ends in a hurry is never fun. Making sure the stressful stuff is out of the way ahead of time is key to successfully planning a local move. Being prepared the night before can help you get a good night’s rest and wake up ready to go. Kick off moving day with your boxes packed and your spirits high.
Don’t overpack heavy items.
Make sure you use the right size box for the items you’re packing. Your books may fit nicely in that giant box… but the weight adds up quick! Make sure to keep your boxes under 45-50 pounds to make them easier to move and less likely to damage other boxes in transit. Always be sure to mark heavy non-fragile boxes so they can be loaded on the bottom.
Pack your essentials separately.
Think about what items you can’t live without for the first day or two in your new place. Toothbrushes, bath towels, and essential toiletries. Plates and flatware, change of clothes, phone charger and any other items that will help you get settled in. Anything you want to have handy when you get there should be set aside so it’s there when you need it.
The professionals at Rendezvous Moving Company are always looking to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction. Offering useful tips to help set you up for a high quality moving experience is just one of the many ways we are here to help. If you have questions or need more help planning a local move you can always contact us for answers, and when you’re ready for a quote we are just a phone call away!