Moving can be stressful, to say the least. Even the most organized folks feel the heat during their move from time to time, which is a mild consolation. If you’re less than organized, or downright all over the place, there’s a moderate chance you’re not quite ready for what lies ahead. A happy go lucky attitude is perfectly fine but your move does require a bit more finesse than, “I’m sure I’ll figure it out.” So, to spare any moving catastrophes, let’s go over a short list of mistakes to avoid while getting ready to relocate to a new residence.
1.) You Accept the First Moving Offer You’re Given
Words to the wise, do not do this. If you want to be sure you’ve covered all of your bases, you should at least compare 3 to 5 written moving estimates from prospective companies after the in-home surveys have been conducted. Keep a keen eye on the additional services included in the estimates too, as well as their rates. If you can do this, you’ll have an easier time choosing the right mover for you.
2.) Failing to Explore Insurance Options
By law, moving companies are required to offer basic limited liability coverage. Unfortunately, that specific type of insurance is usually never enough to cover the full value of your possessions. If your items are particularly valuable, you really should consider opting for additional moving insurance from either your mover or a third-party insurance company. This way, you can move with peace of mind knowing your valuables, even if they get damaged, will be covered.
3.) Signing Blank or Incomplete Documents
Sadly yes, this happens. Never, and we mean never, thoughtlessly sign any incomplete or blank documents given to you by any moving company. This is a for sure way to fall victim to moving scams. Just like mechanics, there are bad movers out there in the world. Save yourself time, money, and mental exertion by reviewing your moving documents carefully. Not all movers are bad, but you need to be aware that they are out there.
If you’re moving soon, or happen to be feeling the itch to move, do not make the three mistakes listed above. Moving is stressful, yes, but don’t add to that stress by making an error that could complicate the situation financially or impact the move negatively in general. Take your time, go over your options, and pay attention to your documents. Aside from rare cases, moving out shouldn’t be a race.