10 Moving Errors That Will Cost You Thousands
If a move is in your future, read on to learn more about errors that can cost you thousands, whether you use a moving company or a portable storage container.
1. Packing Things You No Longer Need
While it may be tempting to take all of your belongings with you to your new home, packing unnecessary or unwanted items only causes more stress. It also costs more. Use your move as an opportunity to weed out things that are just taking up space.
2. Packing the Last Minute
Many people don’t prepare for their move until the time for their move is upon them. Follow this advice from HuffingtonPost.com, “make sure you plan to pack long before your actual move takes place to relieve unnecessary stress in the future.”
3. Forgetting to Purchase Moving Insurance
Even if your belongings are thoughtfully packed and handled with care, moving is typically tough on your stuff. Make sure your insurance covers moving mishaps. If it doesn’t, consider looking for a different policy.
4. Moving During Rush Hour
Traffic adds a lot of transit time to a move. This is especially true during rush hour. Since many truck rentals cost you more if you need to add a day, it’s important to make sure you have enough time to actually relocate everything.
5. Doing It Yourself
The moving process can be confusing and stressful. Dealing with every aspect of a move on your own might prove to be overwhelming. Reach out for as much help as you can, both in planning and executing your move.
6. Forgetting to Make Special Arrangements for Your Pets
Moving is a massive change to your pet’s routine. Be sure that they have proper travel accommodations, so that they handle the trip comfortably. When you reach your new home, reestablish your pet’s routine quickly so that they’ll easily adjust.
7. Choosing a Shady Moving Company
According to Allstate.com, doing research on the moving companies in your area is crucial. If a company is not accredited, or has lots of negative reviews, it’s not wise to put your belongings in their hands.
8. Getting Confused By Quotes
As explained by Today.com, “once you have found a few reputable companies, contact them to get an estimate on their costs.” Moving companies should be willing to come to your house and offer an in home estimate. Make sure you get their estimate in writing.
9. Allowing the Moving Company to Pack Fragile Items
Most moving companies will not be held responsible for damage to fragile or expensive items. It is safest to take care of these things yourself or go with a portable storage option.
10. Moving Plants Improperly
A few weeks before your move, it’s best to transplant your plants into lighter weight, unbreakable pots, suggests Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. That way, the original pots can be packed separately and transported to your new home safely.
One Thing That Will Save You a Lot of Time
The best solution is to store your items in a mobile container, which can either be stored on your property, or at the supplier’s secure storage facility. At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers.