The whole moving process can easily become a nightmare if not planned properly. Sometimes being well-informed seems enough to avoid moving disasters. Researching and weighing all moving options, paying close attention to each moving-related detail and planning in advance are the most important actions you should take if you have in mind to move house.
An unsuccessful move may result in a lot of stress, frustration, wasted time and money. Since you are not interested in spending some additional money on the move, you will do your best to avoid some of the very expensive moving mistakes.
How to avoid moving mistakes?
– A wrong moving company may be a major source of unexpected moving expenses. Although most moving companies seem honest, by doing little research you can find out details that can be interpreted as a red flag when it comes to choosing a reputable NYC moving company. Not every moving company provides the same quality of service. Some of them have an appealing marketing strategy to attract customers, but their service is not that attractive after all. Choosing the right movers takes time, so don’t hire the first moving company you come across. Get several moving estimates, talk personally to the movers and analyze thoroughly each offer you get. Talk about your needs, requirements and priorities. Schedule an in-home moving estimate so that your movers can provide an accurate quote. An online estimate or an estimate over the phone are just an approximate value and are not good enough if you don’t want any additional moving expenses.
Avoiding too good to be true offers will ensure a safe move. Similar offers usually indicate that you are actually dealing with rogue movers who will keep your goods hostage or just disappear with the deposit and your belongings.
In order to avoid scammers make sure your moving company is licensed and that they comply with rules and regulations. A reference can be really helpful when it comes to choosing a moving company, but your duty is to do a thorough research, read moving reviews available on the internet in order to ensure the safe choice. Be familiar with the terms and conditions of the move, read carefully your move-related paperwork and make sure you understand each clause.
– An assumption that DIY move is cheaper than hiring movers is usually wrong, since there are a lot of hidden costs and possible issues you haven’t taken into consideration previously.
-When moving, a burning issue is not only who, bur also when. A correct timing can save you a lot of money, so make sure to avoid following periods if possible: weekends, the first or the last days of the month, holidays, peak season in the moving industry – from May to September.
Moving during holidays and peak season can be very risky. Not only are you going to pay more, but also you can get a poor quality service – lack of experienced staff, delays,… So, if you are at
liberty to choose the moving date, set it sometime in between holidays, weekends and peak seasons. Furthermore, the sooner you hire the moving company, the less you will pay for their services. Don’t wait until it’s too late to hire movers, because you don’t have a lot of choice then.
-Knowing your moving budget and your possibilities will help you arrange your funds properly. Plan and predict moving expenses having in mind how much you can spend on each moving service.
– Not every item you own needs to be transported to the new place. Decide what you really want to keep and have in mind that the more items you give away, the less you will pay for the shipment. Also, before the moving day make sure all the items you want to move actually fit into the new home by measuring them and creating a floor plan. Also, it is very important to pack your belongings properly so as to prevent any damage. In case of any damage or loss, your belongings will be covered by the moving insurance you have previously purchased. Otherwise, you will have to replace damaged or lost goods at your expense.