Moving from one home to another can be both exciting and extremely stressful. It’s something that we all dread doing because of the effort and manpower involved; however, it’s usually something we all have to do in life at least once or twice. While moving can mean spending days packing, organizing, and working out a decent schedule, as well as getting help ready, you should also consider the things that can go wrong and try to have a backup plan in place.
Below, we’ve come up with the top 6 moving problems that you can usually plan ahead for in case you face one of these roadblocks on the journey to your new home. If you are moving or planning to move in the near future, then read on and remember to do your research and come to moving day prepared so that it doesn’t cost you extra time, money, and sacrifices!
Lost Items or Things Unaccounted For
If you are moving across the country or from one province to the next, then it’s extremely important not to leave items or belongings behind. The worst scenario is moving and feeling like you’ve left something behind only to realize what that item is later down the road when you actually need it. Avoid having this problem altogether by keeping stock of what you have and making a spreadsheet of inventory, so all of your most important items are accounted for. It can be easy to lose track of what you’ve packed and what you haven’t if you’re rushing.
Make sure to give yourself enough time to properly and carefully pack all of your belongings so that you don’t end up missing anything. Good, reputable, and professional movers will often help keep track of items and ensure nothing is left behind; so if you don’t trust yourself for the job, you can always go that route. After you’ve packed up everything, don’t just double-check your empty home—triple-check it if you have to. Also, taking out moving insurance can be useful if items end up lost or damaged during the move.
Limited Building or Elevator Access
If you are moving in or out of an apartment or condo building, you should have a conversation with building management about your move to ensure you have sufficient elevator access. Check your building or apartment’s rules on moving and allowing access to movers. Many apartment buildings have set hours in which they will allow movers to access, and also require a security deposit to secure a time slot for dedicated elevator use for movers. Regardless, make sure to have this conversation with your building manager early on so that you can make preparations well in advance and be aware of any potential delays or setbacks.
Unprofessional Moving Companies
This one boils down to doing your research. Unprofessional movers can be a liability and can often set you back, thus costing you more money and wasting precious time during moving day. Do your research to find a reputable, professional moving company who will understand your needs and work in a timely and efficient manner. Read the company reviews and ask questions during your search. There should never be any hidden fees or clauses. On the other hand, help your movers and yourself by having a plan in place of which boxes go where. This will make your life easier and put to good use the mover’s skills and help. Label each box beforehand and direct the movers to the appropriate location.
Traffic During Moving Day
Traffic during moving day is often inevitable and hard to bypass. You can, however, prepare for it as much as possible. Look for the most time efficient route and use GPS on moving day to avoid high-traffic areas. Friday is often a bad day for traffic, so avoid moving on that day if possible. However, you may not be able to avoid traffic entirely, so don’t stress out if you get caught in a gridlock. Keep calm and wait it out, as the only thing worse than traffic on the road is an accident, which you certainly don’t want to get into on moving day.
Sickness or Ailments
While you can’t completely avoid being sick or falling ill due to injury, you can take really good care of yourself in the time leading up to the move. Usually, it’s hard to eat right, exercise, and de-stress when you have a busy life and a big move coming up. However, it’s more important than ever that you do so to avoid being sick around moving day. Get proper sleep and eat right so that you don’t wind up having to cancel or postpone your move, or worse yet, so that you don’t end up in the hospital sick from exhaustion on moving day!
If you believe that your moving day might be disrupted by a bout of bad weather, you should actively monitor the situation by assessing weather reports and having a backup plan in place should the roads and conditions become unmanageable. Don’t rush or forgo important precautions, especially in the midst of inclement weather conditions. If your boxes and belongings aren’t being stored at home, ensure they are safe and secure in climate controlled storage conditions so that they don’t become damaged due to external elements.
All in all, remember that safety comes first. If you choose to continue your move, wear shoes with good grip and make sure you have adequate help alongside you. Drive carefully and wait for breaks in the storm to do the heavy lifting if possible.
Now that you’ve learned that moving doesn’t have to be total chaos, it’s important to take action to minimize the impact of potential blunders should they arise. This means taking out insurance, giving yourself adequate time, and hiring help when needed. After all, you don’t have to do everything yourself and that is what professional movers are there for.
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