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Most common mistakes when preparing for a move

By | Published: Feb 03, 2010 | 10 Comments

The most critical part of your move is hiring a good moving company - this will make your move much easier. However, even after you've done that, you've just scratched the surface for your relocation. Here are some common mistakes made by the planners and non-planners among us.

  1. No plan

    This is obvious, right? You'd be surprised how many people miss it, however. Relocating involves many tasks that need to be accomplished and coordinated, and if you don't know what you need to do, or when you'll need to do it, you'll be disorganized, wasting time and money.

  2. No budget

    There's the obvious task of moving, but there are also costs associated with hooking up new utilities, deposits, moving boxes, etc. Some are big, some are small, but you should be aware of them, and how you're going to pay for them. Make sure you have enough to do so, and know how you need to pay them (cash, check, credit card, etc.).

  3. Being unprepared for the paper deluge

    Know the lingo that your moving company uses: there's an 'order for service', which your moving company will give you after you hire them for the move; a 'bill of lading', which you sign after the moving company loads your items into the truck; and the 'mover's inventory', which is a run-down of all the things the moving company has loaded on the van. Check this list before signing it at the beginning and end of your move. (For more, see this article on moving industry terminology.)

  4. Panicking at packing

    Most people become deer-in-the-headlights when confronting a house to pack up. The trick is to have a simple outline of how you want your move to go: Gather all of your supplies well before your move and place them in the right rooms, then label your boxes in a way that identifies what's a priority to unpack first at your new home. (This article gives you a complete packing plan.)

  5. Failing to inform others about a change in plans

    If you make any changes to what you plan to move or when you plan to do it, tell your moving company right away. It will likely affect your price, and it also might affect the type of personnel and equipment they use for your move. Indeed, you can't over-communicate on such issues - they're that important.

  6. Not taking care of the pets or the kids

    Try to have someone watch your kids or your pets for the day - they can pose a threat to themselves, and the movers lifting heavy objects. If that’s not possible, have them in a room separate from the moving activity - preferably with lots of toys or a TV (or both). Moving with pets poses its own challenges, so check out these tips as well.

  7. Not doing things in advance

    Don't underestimate how many things you can do in advance to ease your move day: change your address, switch your utilities, transfer all medical and dental records, etc. It will be good to get those tasks out of the way so you can deal with the actual move itself.


By Fran Rokicki,  Fri Oct 29 2010, 17:46
Try looking on the Google Search engine for companies that will arrange the move for you. There are services that will follow up with you, find you the best price and terms and make sure that your move is a happy one:)
By Sean Kimbrough,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:08
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By Brandi Eades,  Sat Feb 12 2011, 13:48
When the big day comes, always keep the items you are going to take with you separate and make sure the movers know they are not to be packed. Take all important documents with you. If you are relocating and purchasing another home you will need financial records when you apply for your loan. If you are cleaning the house after the movers are gone you will also need your cleaning supplies and sweeper.
By Shawn Rosa,  Tue Dec 13 2011, 13:36
not labeling your boxes!
By Kathy Hines 972-632-6530,  Wed Jan 4 2012, 22:50
Ask your company if they have a Relocation program and what is offered to assist employees in their relocation process. If there is none, I actually head a Premier Relocation company. Sometimes it is helpful to have a time tested plan.

By Adrian Provost,  Mon Feb 27 2012, 17:25
Solid article.
By Pam Arnold,  Sun Feb 23 2014, 08:39
I have a plan that breaks down moving into a 4 week period. If you follow this plan it will be WAY LESS stressful when moving day comes. If any one wants it.... just email me at Pam@PamArnoldHomes.com
By Heather Wright,  Fri Apr 25 2014, 16:21
Great info!!
By Vilma Teodoro,  Wed Jan 7 2015, 07:42
My parents always did a good job about planning ahead when we were moving. They make sure that all of the heavy objects had a place. Also, they made sure that they knew how they were going to move the heavy objects. The most precious thing that we have moved is my mom's piano. We have often used professional help to do so.
By Mark Saunders,  Thu Feb 5 2015, 10:00
search the web lots of companies out there

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