Moving is a large and extensive project that few families are excited to undertake. With the sheer magnitude of this project, there are plenty of opportunities for mistakes to be made. Some of these mistakes are insignificant, while others can heighten the stress of the project and make it unnecessarily difficult. As an experienced Seattle moving company, we have compiled a list of some of the top five moving mistakes with the most severe consequences.
1. Not Planning Ahead
Many people tend to procrastinate when it comes to moving. The sheer magnitude of the project often causes people to try and put it off for as long as possible. Unfortunately, this leaves families completely unprepared when the moving day actually arrives. Beyond just packing, there are travel arrangements that must be made, financial and logistical affairs to be sorted out, and moving companies to be contacted.
To avoid this mistake, we recommend that homeowners begin planning two or three months in advance. This leaves ample time for homeowners to pack efficiently, collect information, organize financial and billing changes, and contact a moving company.
2. Choosing a Bad Time To Move
It can be tempting to choose a date and time for your moving day that is the most convenient. For most people, it is the easiest to move on a weekend, and often in the summer time. Unfortunately, this is the exact same time that hundreds of other Seattle residents are also planning their move. This can make it difficult for you to find the moving company you need at the rate or time that you need it.
Instead of planning your move on a weekend, make the extra effort to move on a Tuesday or Wednesday in the spring or autumn months. Seattle moving companies tend to have less business on these days, and may even have special deals for families that are willing to schedule on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
3. Forgetting About Pets and Children
In the midst of busy moving plans, many parents often overlook the task of planning where their children and pets will be during the moving process. This situation can add to the stress of moving, because parents and movers must watch for animals and children as they attempt to move and load or unload the moving truck.
Parents can prevent this added chaos by simply arranging for a sitter to watch their children and pets on the day of the move. That way, parents can focus on completing their move without having to worry about keeping the dogs and cats inside and the kids out of the way of the moving trucks.
4. Packing Unnecessary Junk
When it comes to packing, it often seems easiest to mindlessly throw all your belongings into various boxes to be taken to your new home. In reality, this will create more chaos and more work for your family in the long run. Packing unnecessary junk often causes moving families to go beyond their estimate, forcing them to pay more for moving services. Plus, once they arrive at their new house, they are forced to find places to put all of the junk they just needlessly brought along.
By intentionally getting an early start on packing, homeowners are able to take the time they need to pack and sort their belongings. Unwanted yet valuable items can be sold on Craigslist or OfferUp for extra money, while other unwanted belongings can be donated to local charities.
5. Not Hiring a Reliable Moving Company
While some Seattle residents completely skip out on hiring professional Seattle movers, other families hire movers that are untrained, unqualified, and uninsured. Movers of this kind can pose various threats to your home and property. If they advertise efficiency and speed, they may risk the safety of your belongings to meet this service guarantee. Seattle moving companies that promote safe and careful handling of your belongings may take unnecessary amounts of time to complete the job, leaving you with an unexpected and hefty final balance.
Instead, by hiring a reputable and reliable Seattle moving company, you can ensure that your belongings are moved both efficiently and safely. At On The Go Moving and Storage, our Seattle moving services are dedicated to making your move as stress-free and efficient as possible. Our team is speedy and professional, and never let a tight schedule keep us from providing safe, careful services. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. To contact us about moving and storage services, feel free to give us a call, or fill out our contact form.