Common Moving Day Mishaps and How to Avoid Them
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According to a recent survey, buying or selling a house is the most stressful event we experience during our lifetimes. If you’ve recently purchased a new home or are planning an upcoming move, there are many things you can do to reduce your stress level.
Common Moving Mistakes
Here are some common mistakes many movers make - and how to avoid them:
Mistake #1 - Injuries, Damages, and Hidden Costs
There’s a time and a place for do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. However, as you’ll see below, a DIY move is not for the faint-hearted. There are many benefits of hiring professional movers and packing services. Many people are afraid that professional movers are too expensive. However, consider what you’ll be saving when you leave it to the professionals:
The cost of renting a moving van (if you don’t already own a truck)
The cost of gas and the price per mile driven; these hidden fees aren’t included in the cost of your moving rental van and can really add up, especially on a long distance move
The amount of time you’ll spend packing, driving, moving, and unloading your belongings
The potential for slips, falls, injuries, or damages
Finding (and possibly paying) friends, family, or loved ones to help you with the move (and determining a moving day where everyone’s schedules align)
When you factor in each of these costs, the price of a DIY move really adds up! Sometimes, it really is just worth the money to hire reputable professional movers, especially when you consider the value of your own peace of mind. However, before you hire, be sure to check their credentials. A certain mover might be the most inexpensive, but you could end up paying more elsewhere should they change their rates or demand cash before they deliver your belongings. Ask your agent for a list of movers that have a good record and with whom previous clients have had a good experience.
Mistake #2 - Pet Mishaps
One of the best things you can do on moving day is utilize a friend, family member, pet sitter, or doggy day care to give your dog a calm place to stay during the moving process. Moving day is stressful for everyone in the family, including your four-legged family members. It can be stressful for them to see their homes uprooted and major changes taking place. Rather than keeping your pet in the house, where there’s a possibility of escape or injury, avoid any Homeward Bound moments by planning ahead to keep your pet safe and happy on moving day. Having your dog out of the home the entire day will give you peace of mind and keep them out of harm’s way. They’ll get plenty of attention and exercise while you both enjoy a less stressful transition into a new home.
Mistake #3 - Not Planning Ahead
Lastly, you should carefully plan your move, including picking an appropriate moving date, ahead of time to save money. When it comes down to it, the highest moving volume occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the United States. According to simple laws of supply and demand, moving rates cost more during this time. By choosing an “off season” moving date, you’ll save money. However, sometimes a move doesn’t allow you to be too picky. Your move may be based on factors out of your control such as the start of a new job or the dates when school will be in or out. If you have the luxury of choosing a moving date, then go for it, but don’t stress if you have to go with what works best for you. The move will happen no matter what.
There are many things that cause stress throughout the moving process. Luckily, most of them can be reduced or even avoided by taking some proactive steps. By planning ahead for your moving day, you can eliminate many of the stressors. That way, you’ll complete the move quicker, so you can just focus on getting settled into your new home. Whatever you decide to do, good luck with your move!