I’m sure there are many more errors people could make when they move, but here are what I consider to be the top 7 worst ones:
Doing it all yourself
In the end, a do-it-yourself move may not be as “cheap” or as fun as you thought. Give yourself plenty of time to research and discover everything that’s involved. Talk to friends who’ve moved themselves and to movers to get the full picture before you decide to do the move yourself. Hiring a professional moving company can make more sense when you go over all the logistics of a move.
Not getting a moving estimate
Most movers offer two kinds of estimates, binding or nonbinding. The nonbinding kind gives you an idea of how much your move will cost, based on the mover’s estimate of the size of your current home and its contents, and how far you’re moving. You get the estimate in writing and can only be charged 10 percent more than the estimate. A binding estimate is a legal document that clearly describes the charges, which can’t be changed unless you request significant add-on services. Most experts recommend that you get three estimates, and ask a lot of questions.
Your timing is bad
With nearly 40 million Americans relocating each year, there can be a problem at certain times of the year finding any experienced moving company that’s available. The most reputable movers get booked early during the late spring and summer months when half of all moving takes place. You don’t want your only option to be a less experienced mover or one who has to hire temporary labor to do your job. Give yourself enough time – like 3 to 4 months before the move-in date – to get moving estimates, your family ready to help, and to carefully plan the whole project.
You didn’t confirm adequate insurance
Although most professional movers are super-careful, accidents can happen. Find out before you start the moving process if all of your possessions are covered. Your mover may have some insurance, but it may not be enough to cover the value of your most pricey items. Check with your home insurance provider to see what’s covered and when and where. Does your policy cover moving and items in transit? If you don’t think you have enough coverage, moving companies offer deals on additional insurance. Find out, too, if your chosen mover has workers’ comp insurance. Some very small companies don’t, and that could mean that paying for an injury someone sustains in your home is your responsibility.
You tossed your fragile, very expensive items into a box
Most moving companies won’t be held responsible for expensive items, like jewelry. You should pack such valuables carefully and transport them yourself. This goes for coin collections, precious documents, fancy electronics, anything that’s very fragile or extra special to you. Take care of these yourself. Read your moving contract carefully to find out if your mover can transport your barbecue, alcohol, or firearms you might own.
Failing to cull the junk
Since you’ll be paying a mover to move them, why keep that junk you haven’t used for years? This is the time to get rid of the things you really don’t need or use. Have a garage sale, donate stuff to charity, or give stuff to family or friends. It’ll save you the cost of moving these unneeded things.
Forgot your survival kit
Experienced movers always have a survival kit with them so that move-in day (and night) goes smoothly for everyone in the family. This should include little necessities like scissors, a screwdriver, your address book, a flashlight, a map of your new town, toiletries, pet food, a can opener, soap, coffee, toilet paper, and any necessary medications for the whole family. Remember to have enough cash on hand to cover a tip for your movers and buy a pizza or burgers during your move.