There is one single day during a residential move whose mention alone can send paralyzing chills down any home mover’s spine.
The day that must not be named!
This day’s true identity should never be spoken out load but only pronounced in an almost inaudible whisper late at night as a spooky bedtime story to frighten seemingly fearless children.
To steer clear of the potential pitfalls on the way to your new life and to make your moving trip much more manageable, get familiar with the most common moving day mistakes to avoid and learn how to avoid these moving mistakes skillfully.
1. The Late Bird Catches The Strongest Headaches
Hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep on the morning of your move is probably the worst possible start of your Big Day. As a rule, being well aware of what’s waiting for them in the morning, most home movers will probably find it extremely hard to get a decent shut-eye. However, you may think that you’re fully prepared for what Moving day has to offer you and decide to be the exception that proves the rule – that is, to sleep in so that you have the physical energy and mental strength to face and survive the most stressful and exhausting 24-hour period during a residential move.
Moving day oversleeping is never a good idea – it is clearly one of the numerous rookie moving mistakes you can easily commit in the course of your local or long-distance relocation. Unless you want to be woken up by your movers banging on your front door, you are expected to go to bed relatively early the day before Moving day and set your alarm clock for an advantageous head start. All your weeks’ worth of organization efforts boils down to that single pivotal day, so you must make each minute count.
Make sure you have constant and easy access to your fully charged and operational mobile phone in case your moving company wants to contact you with an important update or you wish to sort out any last-minute details with them.
2. “I Have Enough Time To Pack A Few Boxes Before My Movers Arrive”
Learn how to avoid big moving mistakes on moving day, as the latter is perfectly capable of giving you the other type of headaches – the ones that last much longer.
It’s a clear moving day mistake to delude yourself that you will have enough time on moving day to finish up the packing process. According to your detailed moving calendar, you should be done with packing at least a few days before your movers arrive to load your belongings into the waiting moving truck. Of course, this is all true if you have decided to take the DIY approach to move house, and therefore to pack by yourself. Basically, you won’t have too many packing-related issues to worry about if you have requested the additional service of packing your household goods from a full-service moving company. Equipped with quality packing supplies and considerable experience, professional packers and movers will arrive at your home at a pre-arranged time and will, hopefully, redefine the term quick and safe packing.
To avoid the extra dose of moving stress that comes with late packing, you’d better start sorting out your household items and personal possessions, and later placing them in suitable moving containers, as soon as humanly possible. To prevent unnecessary clutter from building up as moving day approaches, start packing from the rooms you use least frequently – preferably from your storage areas /garage, tool shed, basement, attic/ because they are the premises that always require much more packing time than initially planned. Also, to speed up DIY packing, take care of your large and heavy items before getting down to packing your odds and ends for safe transportation.
3. “Knock, knock!” “Who’s There?” “Mr. Disorganized Packing”
There’s another packing-related moving day mistake that is arguably even worse than late packing, and that’s disorganized packing. Packing your household items for moving is a highly successive process that follows logical and consecutive steps whose strict observance always leads to satisfactory results. In reality, the most time-consuming and tedious pre-move task will require all the organization skills you’ve acquired over the years, together with all your patience, persistence, and consistency you can muster.
Disorganized packing can come in various shapes and sizes, the most common ones being:
Failure to acquire adequate moving boxes. Not only will you need a staggering number of moving containers /most often cardboard boxes/ in good overall condition, but you will also need those containers to be in various sizes as well. Oddly enough, one safety packing rule states that you should use small-sized boxes for packing heavier items, and medium to large ones for packing lighter goods – packing books when moving house is a good example of this packing guideline.
Failure to pack a survival kit. A survival kit is another name for an essentials box – a container or two full of absolute necessities that you will surely need while you don’t have normal access to your possessions. Fundamental items to consider placing in your survival kit: prescription medicine, toiletries, plastic kitchen utensils, a change of clothes, basic tools /a set of screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, a hammer, etc./, a flashlight, and other lifesavers.
Failure to observe the list of non-allowables. Moving companies are not allowed to transport any goods that can compromise the safety of the people involved in the move or can endanger the integrity of the property to be moved between the two homes. Such prohibited items fall into 4 main categories: hazardous materials /flammable, corrosive, explosive/, perishable foods, pets and plants, and valuable and irreplaceable items. Make sure you acquire the list of non-allowed items from your mover well in advance.
Failure to label your packed boxes. Packed boxes with not one written word on them will only mess up your unpacking process to the point that you will waste valuable time guessing the content of each moving box. Don’t make this easily avoidable moving day mistake but take a minute to mark each moving container with its exact content, destination room and set of special handling instructions /FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP, HANDLE WITH CARE/. Remember that a minute here can save up to an hour there.
4. “Dear Movers, Please Take Good Care Of My Valuables!”
Your priceless collection of vintage watches must stay with you during all relocation stages. Besides, your movers will probably not get the hint to speed up their work anyway.
Speaking of moving mistakes to avoid when moving house, one of the costliest moving day blunders is to entrust your moving company with any valuable items you possess. Regardless of how trustworthy a moving company you have chosen as your relocation partner, you should never hand over to them any possessions of high monetary or sentimental value simply because you know – anything can happen on the road.
Furthermore, there are specific items that are downright irreplaceable (for example, old family photos) and which no compensatory payment can bring back.
Remember that it’s your responsibility to relocate your valuable items, such as cash, bank cards, jewelry pieces, family heirlooms, expensive equipment, important documents, etc. to your new home. However, if that’s just not possible, discuss the issue with your moving company and do purchase additional insurance for your valuables before you see them taken away from you. Another viable option to move possessions of great value to your new residence is to ship them by a specialized courier service provider /USPS, UPS, FedEx, and others/.
5. “Who’s Going To Pay For My Broken TV?”
Another big moving day mistake is not to know what type of insurance your selected moving company offers when the movers come to your house and start packing and loading your stuff into the moving truck. It’s definitely not the right approach to simply assume that nothing will get damaged or broken during transportation. Again, it’s a universal truth that anything can happen on the road and even the best cross country movers might happen to have a bad day, and this is exactly why you should be well aware of what insurance options you have in order to choose the one that works best in your case.
First of all, contact your home insurance provider and double-check with them what your policy states about moving house instances and your household items in transit. If it turns out that you’re not covered, then it’s a good idea to purchase additional adequate insurance either through your mover or from a third-party insurance company. It’s important to understand that the moment you sign your moving contract (aka Bill of Lading), you receive Basic Limited Liability Protection for free. Also known as Moving Valuation, this coverage redefines the term “basic” and offers up to 60 cents per pound per article. In other words, get ready to receive approximately $18 as compensation if something really bad happened to your brand new 30-pound flat-screen LCD TV.