Just like weddings, even a well-planned move can have some hiccups. It can be difficult trying to coordinate the timing of everything: moving help, truck or trailer rental, wait times. Here are four hair-pulling frustrations and solutions on how to avoid these potential moving day disasters.
1. Getting scammed by a moving company
Failed to research your moving company beforehand? You could end up with rogue movers (read: scam artists) and a major moving disaster on your hands. These movers are known for their fraudulent practices, including the lack of a license or insurance. They may also damage or break items, fail to show up on time, and of course (the worst) steal a truckful of your belongings.
How to avoid: With a growing number of complaints filed against moving companies these days, it’s more important than ever to properly protect yourself and your belongings during a move. So before entrusting your household items to a moving company, be sure to do your homework. To check a moving company’s credibility, make sure they are properly licensed and insured and check for any official complaints filed with the FMCSA.
2. Broken and damaged belongings
Your belongings finally show up at your house – the only problem is they’re broken. Yikes. Unfortunately, this is the fate for many who fail to properly pack their belongings for a move. From shattered glass to damaged furniture, it’s not uncommon for belongings to get banged up during a move – especially when transporting them a long distance.
How to avoid: The best way to avoid ending up with broken belongings is to properly pack your things. For starters, be sure to use appropriate moving boxes and supplies. Don’t use boxes that are damaged or falling apart. For TVs, artwork and mirrors, try using telescope boxes to ensure that they are properly protected. Breakables should be wrapped in bubble wrap, newspaper or foam. Heavy items should be placed in smaller boxes – not larger boxes. It’s important to not place multiple heavy items in one box. Important documents and records should be placed inside file folders before moving. Also, be sure to use waterproof bins and/or plastic baggies to pack electronics and cords.
3. Not being able to fit your couch through the door
Moving day has finally arrived! The only problem is your couch won’t fit through the door. Unfortunately, those with oversized couches and/or a small front door may run into this moving day disaster. Keep in mind, if you have other large furnishings, such as a wide chair, a dining room table or a tall armoire, you could run into a similar problem.
How to avoid: To avoid this frustrating debacle, I highly recommend measuring your couch and doorways prior to the move. If you do have an oversized couch or tiny doorway, try taking the hinges off the door, removing the legs from the couch, or searching your home for another door or window large enough to handle the furniture. Of course, if you hire professional movers for the job, they should be able to handle this sticky situation for you.
4. Your movers refuse to transport your item
You’ve boxed everything up, and you’re ready for the move. Unfortunately, your movers are not allowed to transport your belongings. Why? Because your boxed up things happen to be on their list of “non-allowables.” Uh oh. This means you’ll end up having to find another way to transport your things, and/or you’ll need dispose of them responsibly before moving day.
How to avoid: While most non-allowables are fairly obvious (think: hazardous chemicals), others may not be (think: nail polish and scuba tanks). Other non-allowables include fertilizer, loaded guns, paint, paint thinner, gasoline, propane tanks, and perishable food items – among other things. Be sure to check with your moving company and ask for their full list of non-allowables before packing your belongings.
Give yourself as much advance time as you can to plan and prepare, especially if you’re doing it yourself. Major moving companies have a lot of useful information on their websites, even for do-it-yourselfers. You’ll also find blogs and books on the subject.
Use the most well-recommended company that you can find. This might require some research online and especially through the network of people you know.
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