What Are The Biggest Mistakes You Can Do When Moving?

what's the biggest mistake when moving?

It's no surprise that many individuals despise relocating because of the hectic schedules and hefty lifting. While you can't totally remove tension (or back pain) on moving day, you can make sure that a stressful event doesn't turn into a disaster. Luckily, we’re here to help you avoid some of the biggest mistakes that people can do when moving.

So without further ado, we advise you to keep an eye out for the following common moving day blunders:

1. Forgetting about utilities

There's nothing quite like arriving at your new home late on a Friday night to discover the lights aren't turned on because you neglected to transfer the utilities, and you won't be able to contact the utility company until Monday morning.

Set up your utilities at least a week in advance of your move. If you are relocating inside the city, most businesses will allow you to move your account from one address to another.

2. Ignoring to Review Your Insurance Policy

Who pays if the mover damages your television? You will, if you did not complete your homework. In advance, request that the moving firm explain its insurance coverage. Many movers' insurance policies value your belongings based on weight. 

For example, the policy may only pay out 50 cents per pound of damaged goods, implying that your pricey but lightweight TV will not be fully covered. If the mover's liability coverage does not cover your belongings, check your rental or homeowners insurance policy; many policies cover moves as well, so you'll be covered. If not, don't put off tjis task until the last minute and hope for the best. Purchase additional insurance from your mover or opt for anot

3. Leaving everything until the last minute

Your moving day is doomed if you're still scrambling to pack your kitchen when the movers come. Save yourself the headache (and the possibility of forgetting something) and begin packing as soon as possible, even many weeks ahead of time if possible.

To make the process more doable, try to tackle at least one item per day, such as the tools in your garage or the winter clothes in the spare room, and work your way up to larger chores like the bathroom or kitchen.

4. No boxes organization

It is easy to tell yourself, when you need time, that you'll sort boxes out later, but when you get home with a truck of unorganized boxes, you get a lot of tension on your new place for your first night. Instead, ensure that each box is well-packed, fragile goods are neatly wrapped, and the outside is clearly labeled with the room the box should be placed in.

Pack everything you'll need right away in one box - such as toilet paper, scissors, flashlights, and medications – and keep the box with you while you relocate to make things easier on yourself. When you get to your new location, all you have to do is open that box to locate everything you need for your first day.

5. Hiring an Untrustworthy Mover

Some customers engage a professional moving company in the hopes of making their relocation go more smoothly, but they wind up with horror stories. Perhaps the mover arrived late and took a three-hour lunch break, causing the hourly rate to increase. Maybe he shattered their favorite wine glasses by throwing them on the truck, or maybe he held those wine glasses (and everything else) hostage until they paid twice the projected amount. Look for a licensed and reliable moving company to avoid this occurring to you.

6. Not Asking Movers the Right Questions

When you're ready to speak with movers about your future move, you should be prepared. A ready set of questions for moving businesses should be part of your preparedness. Some of the important questions you need to ask include:

Are you a mover or a broker? - Customers might be matched with moving companies through brokers. However, keep in mind that a broker cannot provide you with a binding estimate and is not liable for loss or damage.

Do you provide binding estimates? - After inspecting your belongings in person, a mover may provide a binding, or "not to exceed," quote. Brokers rarely provide binding bids. If a mover or broker offers you a binding quote over the phone, don't take it. Ensure that your belongings are inspected in person.

Is there anything more I need to know about my quote? - If any of the following issues apply to your transfer, you may be charged extra:
  • Charges for using the stairs
  • Carry charges for a long distance
  • Charges for appliances
  • Fees for parking
  • Charges for storage
  • Fuel costs
  • Charges for things that are uncomfortable or exceptionally heavy.

Will my belongings be transferred? - Your belongings may be transported to another truck during long-distance removals. This additional handling raises the possibility of damage.

What types of payment do you accept, and on what terms do you accept them? - If movers only accept cash, do not engage them. Ascertain that you and the movers agree on the amount payable at delivery versus the deposit amount, as well as whether your deposit is refundable.

What kind of insurance is covered by your quote? Is it possible for me to obtain additional insurance? - The standard rate is 60 cents per pound, however your moving company may provide an upgrade. You can also engage with third-party insurance providers to cover the cost of the relocation.

What is the procedure for repairing or replacing damaged or broken items? Who is to blame? - Check to see what your moving firm is responsible for in terms of shattered items. Inquire about the moving company's reimbursement policy.

About the Author

Michaela Smith is the marketing director at EMPIRE MOVERS NYC, a residential and commercial moving company that has over 15 years of experience in helping New Yorkers move.