Moving Day: 4 Common Relocation Mistakes

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Moving Day: 4 Common Relocation Mistakes

Staff Writer · Jun 9, 2010

Moving day is hectic and extremely stressful. Unfortunately, it is also not uncommon for you and the movers to run into several problems, making the day even more nerve-racking. Sometimes, there is nothing you can do to prevent encountering difficulties during the day. However, being as prepared as possible and planning for potential problems can make moving day much easier. Below are some common relocation mistakes made on moving day and how you can make your moving day as smooth as possible.

1. Poor Scheduling

While you and your moving company will make an estimation of the time needed to complete your move, this estimation may be too short and exclude the complexities of your move. Moving your belongings up staircases takes extra time; moving heavy or delicate items requires more effort and care and will take longer. Needing to use a loading dock or elevator can significantly increase the length of time of your move.

Scheduling mistakes can include:

  1. starting too late in the day
  2. underestimating the complexity of your move
  3. not planning for the time it will take to travel up staircases or elevators to your residence

It is always best to start as early as possible so that you will not run out of daylight during your move. Also, prior to scheduling your move, determine the best path for the movers to take to your apartment and see if that path presents extra hurdles or problems that will take more time.

2. Disorganized Packing

The most common complaint movers have is that customers are unprepared for their arrival. Incomplete or disorganized packing, such as boxes that are not closed or misshaped from holding items that do not fit well make it more difficult, if not impossible, for the movers to do their job. The night before your move make sure that all your belongings are packed and ready to move first thing the next day. This will ensure that the movers can begin working as soon as they arrive. Also, if you have items that the movers are responsible for packing, such as mirrors or paintings, make those items easily accessible so that packing can begin immediately in the morning and not hamper the moving process.

3. Not Checking Mover References

Not all moving companies are experienced or reliable. Checking the company’s references prior to hiring them can make all the difference on moving day. Making sure that a company is reliable means it is more likely they will show up on time and move your belongings swiftly. Not checking references could mean that you hire a slow-working mover or a company that will not show up at all.

4. Getting in the Way

You’ve hired a moving company so that you do not need to do the heavy lifting yourself. After they arrive, let the company do their job. Do not get in the way or try to help. Rather, make your presence available should the movers have a question but do not be too involved in their work. Additionally, do not help the movers, as this may affect your ability to claim that the company somehow damaged your furniture.

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