Preparation: the best way to prevent common moving mistakes
In my 25+ years in the industry, I’ve seen it all, including common moving mistakes that could have, and should have, been avoided. In previous blogs, I’ve shared tips for green moving, tips on moving with children, even tips for a stress-free move with your dog. Now it’s time to look at some common moving mistakes so you can avoid them. Here are the top 6:
- Don’t try to wing it or a DIY your move
Even a move across town can be very complicated unless you plan in advance. Potential pitfalls can cause major wear and tear on your poor body as well as damage to your precious belongings. Make sure you plan for an organized move by using this moving checklist from Real Simple Magazine.
- Add “rush hour” to your timeline
Almost 40 million Americans relocate each year. That means most reputable movers get booked early, especially during the late spring and summer months when half of all moving takes place. Your job is to plan ahead! Begin your planning three to four months before the scheduled move-in day.
- Get an estimate ahead of time
Familiarize yourself with the facts! 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 it can only be charged 10% more. A binding estimate is a legal document that clearly describes all the charges, which can’t be changed. Check out the latest moving company industry research from ConsumerAdvocate.org.
- Double check the mover’s insurance policy
If your mover doesn’t have enough insurance, you might end up paying for any moving damage. Find out before you start the moving process if your chosen mover has insurance and what their policy covers. Make sure they have workers’ comp insurance, too. Many small companies with fewer than five employees don’t, and that could mean you will be the one left holding the bill for an injury someone sustains in your home.
- Don’t forget to separate your non-movables
Pack your valuables carefully and plan to transport them yourself. Most moving companies won’t be held responsible for expensive items like jewelry, coin collections, documents or fancy cameras. If it’s fragile or extra special to you, you’ll probably want to take care of it yourself and keep it with you.
- Pack a survival kit
Your moving survival kit should include important items like scissors, a screwdriver, your address book, a flashlight, a map of your new town, your child’s can’t-sleep-without blanket, toiletries, pet food, a can opener, soap, coffee, toilet paper, and necessary medications for the entire family.
For more ways to avoid big moving mistakes, check out this article in Better Homes & Gardens. If you haven’t found your dream house yet in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities, call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal(at)montecito-estate(dotted)com. I have many amazing listing in my portfolio. There’s this breathtaking Montecito Estate, for example, where provenance and pedigree meet comfort and contemporary conveniences. I can also sell your house when you’re ready!