Sep 18, 2015
The Top 5 Moving Mistakes & How To Avoid Them
- Failing to prepare for the unexpected: It is always a good idea to have a backup plan for events like rain or traffic. Prepare by packing items in plastic containers (instead of boxes), and carrying an extra change of clothes to avoid staying wet.The last thing you want to do is rummage through boxes or luggage for dry clothes. Additionally, plan an alternate route just in case there is excessive traffic on your main route to your new home.
- Failing to pack properly: Make sure everything is properly packed in sealed boxes or containers. Not packing properly or not completely packing can drastically delay your move, even if you are moving just around the corner. For example: a friend of mine once moved apartments within the same complex and didn’t think packing was necessary. Due to their lack of packing and preparation, it took them a whole weekend to completely move! Labeling and taking inventory of your items is also a great idea. These extra steps can save you time and headaches after your move by making things easier to find. Once everything has been unloaded take a moment to check your inventory list and verify that the moving truck has been completely emptied. Always check the moving truck and belongings for any damage before signing the movers out. If you are missing an item that’s not on the truck, check your old home. Take a moment to do a walk through at your old home before heading out to the new location. This can help you avoid having to make a trip back to the first location after the movers have left.
- Not verifying moving restrictions or requirements at your new residence: Some apartment complexes or high rise locations have rules for moving in. If you are moving into a location that requires the use of an elevator, you may want to check if you have to reserve the elevator. Additionally, ask if there are requirements regarding where the moving truck should be parked. Some places also require a certificate of insurance from the moving company. These certificates take up to 24-hours to be processed, so make sure to request this with plenty of time to ensure it is delivered before your move begins.
- Prepare to have keys for your storage unit: If you are moving in or out of a storage facility after normal business hours, it is a good idea to make sure you have the keys or an alternate option to gain access to your unit. If the storage office is closed you will not have an option to have them open the unit for you.
- Not reading the contract (very important!): As licensed movers in the state of Texas all movers are required to provide you with a moving service contract prior to loading your belongings. The contract should include all the information about your move and information regarding the mover’s liability. For more information on how to protect yourself during your move visit the official Texas DMV website.