• Top 50 Removals Mistakes You Must Avoid!

    art-2.1Moving house is an onerous task and there are lots of things to think about. Here we have detailed some of the main mistakes that people make throughout the process.

    Many people make this mistake and don’t start planning their move early enough. The key to a streamlined move is making sure you plan and organize as much as you can, as far in advance as possible. If you don’t do this, you risk lots of last minute chaos which can lead to a very stressful move, lost and broken items, and escalating moving costs.

    Late Planning

    img-160Relocation is a huge job and delaying is your worst enemy. Even seemingly small moves, like moving a studio apartment across town, can be nerve-racking and costly if they’re not well planned. If you have the luxury of time, you should start planning your move months in advance.

    Start making travel arrangements, look into moving companies, pack, and get your financial and logistical affairs in order as early as possible. Start keeping a specific notebook or binder for moving-related information. Keep all your records in it, from copies of the moving estimate to restaurant suggestions in your new neighborhood.

    Moving During Peak Season

    Timing is critical. Favourable weather means the summer months are typically the most hectic time of year for moving companies. However, spring and autumn can get very busy, too. And remember that moving companies may not be available if you’re moving close to a holiday.

    One of the mistakes people make while moving is not researching the costs for moving at different times. During those busier periods moving companies may apply higher charges.

    Not Researching New Area Before Moving

    Use the Internet to research real estate listings and to learn about your new home, city, local amenities, school ratings, crime rates and children’s activities. Talk to parents in the community who can provide firsthand insight on the topics that are most important to you. Make sure you know your neighbourhood by day and by night before moving in.

    Doing it yourself

    Some people are reluctant to pay for professional movers and instead prefer to take on a move themselves. While this can work you should consider the following before making your decision:

    165Assuming that moving yourself is cheaper than hiring a pro

    When you are moving yourself you have many things to take care of: hiring a truck, paying vehicle insurance, paying for petrol, hiring moving labour, buying boxes and other packing material, packing, loading/unloading the vehicle, etc. Try to calculate each one of these costs and you may be surprised to find out that actually hiring a moving company to do all of them is cheaper.

    Moving without the Help of a Professional Moving Company

    While you may consider moving with just the help of friends and family, it can create more headaches, irritation, and chaos in the long run. Hiring professional movers can help you relax more on moving day and avoid exhaustion or over-exertion. Professional movers also have the right equipment, materials, and training to ensure that your move is seamless and stress-free. Whether you just need a moving company to load and transport your belongings to your new home or you think a full service move that includes a variety of moving services will be best for you, hiring qualified movers is often the best option, as it will allow you to save a lot of time and reduce stress.

    Selecting Your Moving Company

    Choosing the right moving company for you is an important decision, as you are going to trust them with all your possessions. Make sure you take your time and consider the following when making your decision:

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    Hiring the wrong moving company

    Do your homework. The moving industry is a very large, competitive industry. However, there are many ways that you can verify the validity, value, and dependability of your potential movers. Ask your friends or family for a recommendation or referral and check out the moving company’s licenses, ratings and insurance.

    Taking a moving company at face value

    While the moving professional you met is probably telling the truth, you have to cull the bad apples. You must verify what they tell you and check references.

    Assuming that one office of a national company is the same as another

    Just like fast food chains, some locations are better than others. During your move, most of your contact will be with the local office. So evaluate that branch on its own merit.

    British Association Removal (BAR)

    You could consider the BAR rating while hiring a removal company. This is the official government removals department.

    Name on moving van doesn’t match the name of the company you hired

    If this happens then the chances are you’ve been subcontracted to another company. This can be a problem as, even if you checked references and licensing, you’re now dealing with a total unknown. You may need to pull the plug and reschedule. Most probably this is the case of moving broker and you should avoid them, as they are not directly linked to the company.

    Arranging Adequate Insurance

    Make sure that you check all your valuable items are fully insured prior to the move, as even professional movers can have accidents.

    Always check when hiring professional movers that they have insurance to cover their employees in the event of an accident or injury.

    Budgeting Mistake

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    Not setting the right budget

    The cost of selling your home and purchasing a new one can be expensive. But don’t forget about the costs associated with moving. Other than the usual expenses – moving trucks, crew, boxes and tape and there are still other expenses to keep in mind. Based on the distance of your move, you may need to take into account the cost of hotels, meals and fuel on the road.

    Don’t forget to save your receipts. If your move is part of a job relocation, there may be certain, reasonable expenses, which you can deduct from your tax return.

    Spending beyond your budget

    When you set your budget include a contingency plan, but, once it is set, don’t increase or modify your budget on moving day as it may create financial problems.

    Getting an Estimate

    Bear in mind the following points when getting a moving estimate:

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    Not getting an estimate

    You don’t buy a car or house without knowing its cost and the same should go for your move. Most movers offer two kinds of estimates, binding or non-binding. A binding estimate is the one which is decided before the move where there will be no change in the estimate. A non-binding estimate is the one where you have an agreement where you have to pay after the move, according to possessions. It costs you more than a binding estimate.

    Jumping on the Cheapest Estimate

    If one moving company is significantly cheaper than the others, there is a probably a very good reason. Granted, you can get a great rate, if you time your move right, but if there is a company with an everyday rate that seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Do a little digging and you will likely find that there are complaints on the internet and even with the BAR.

    Not getting multiple quotes

    Getting multiple quotes is important because different moving companies work with different pricing and some movers charge more. If you will get at least three quotes then it will create more options and you will select the company more accurately.

    Not requiring a written estimate

    You want to know, in writing, what the company believes the move will cost. You also want to know, in writing, what that estimate means to that company. They cannot raise your bill on delivery. Once you pay them on delivery then you are done.

    Using an online estimate to hire a mover

    Don’t get fooled by con artists posing as movers. They may just have a Web site and a truck, but they’re not really professional movers. A mover with a local office is a safer alternative. Ask the mover to come to your house and provide a written estimate.

    Hiring a removals company without getting a surveyor’s estimate

    When you are looking for packers and movers online one of the common moving mistakes is to trust that an estimate over the phone or email is enough. It is important to ask for an in-home estimate or ask their representative to pre-visit your home.

    Not asking how the company wants to be paid or when

    Payment is due when your goods are delivered. And some companies don’t take personal cheques for a long-distance move. So choose how to make payment e.g. on delivery cash or account system.

    Making an Inventory Mistake

    One of the most common mistakes that people make is not including all their items to be moved when they get a moving quote. This can unfortunately lead to additional charges on moving day. If possible, try and get your moving company to come to your house to assess your items before giving you a quote, then you will have peace of mind that you haven’t missed anything.

    Rushing the Move

    This can either mean booking your movers at the last minute, or trying to complete the physical move in too short a period of time.

    If you book your movers in plenty of time you will be more relaxed and have more time to find the right company for you. Additionally, if you are lucky, you may get a discount for booking early.

    When planning a move most people try to complete it within a day. If you have a complicated move, or you are moving over a long distance, this may be impractical.  If possible give yourself a few days to complete the transition, and the whole experience will be less stressful and rushed.

    Measurement or Fitting Mistake

    Three simple mistakes to avoid are as follows:

    176Make sure the furniture fits

    In some instances, you may be moving to a smaller home or have smaller dimension rooms. If you are unsure, it is always a good idea to measure the size of rooms and/or furniture to ensure they will fit in your new place.

    You can’t get your wardrobe or bed through the door

    If you built your flat pack furniture, then remember it may well have to be disassembled.  Speak to your removals firm to see whether they offer this service. They may be able to remove a window frame to accommodate the piece of furniture.

    “Forgetting” to tell the company about the stairs in your new home

    If the estimate is based on the move without stairs and your new home is two flights up, the company will add that to the cost. So give an honest assessment of the job and you’re more likely to get a realistic estimate.

    Switching Utilities Late

    Don’t leave calling your utility service providers too late. If you don’t want to pay an electricity bill for the month after you have moved out, or you want to cancel the contract with your internet provider, you must do it a month in advance, letting them know about the exact date when you are moving, in order to make sure they do not cut the service beforehand. If you fail to do it, you may start receiving utility bills for both your old and new home.

    Don’t forget to record utility readings. The last thing you want is to be overcharged for your gas and electricity. The moment before you leave, write down your utility readings.

    Parking Your Moving Vehicle

    It is easy to overlook; but at certain properties special parking permits are required to park your moving. Some moving companies will provide you with a parking licence, but if yours doesn’t, the onus is on you to ascertain what is required and arrange for any permits needed.

    Obtaining Moving Supplies

    You may think you can do it yourself but, whether you are moving yourself or using professional movers, don’t forget to have the equipment to hand that you will need e.g. a lifting device for the heavier items.

    Moving Unnecessary Items

    Try to have a clear out before you move. The less you take with you the quicker, easier and hopefully cheaper, your move will be. Use your move to get rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore, books you’ve already read, outdated technology, and anything else you no longer use.

    Packing and Packaging Mistakes

    Here are some of the key mistakes made when packing up items for a move:

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    Wrong packing material

    Take an appropriate packing material with respect to items size and safety.

    Not packing in advance

    If your moving truck is coming tomorrow morning, don’t plan on having time to pack while they’re there. Start as far as ahead of time as you can and pack up things you don’t use every day, like books, fancy china and extra linens. Starting early also gives you time to think about what you really need to take with you, and what you can donate or throw away.

    Don’t pack the kettle

    You’ll need the kettle and other essential goods available during the day.  Have a stack of disposable cups so you can supply teas, coffees and biscuits for your family and the moving team.  As it’s one of the last things you pack, it should also be to hand at your new home.

    Not managing your time / forgetting the difficult tasks

    When it comes to removals day, you don’t want your removals firm waiting impatiently outside because you haven’t disconnected all your machinery. If you aren’t confident preparing a washing machine or computer for transportation, ask a friend or consult a professional. The same goes for light fittings.

    Not packing properly

    Not taking care when packing your items can often lead to things getting lost, or worse still, broken. This can end up costing you money in the case of more delicate items, and as a result can leave you out of pocket after your move, which is the last thing you want. Taking the time to pack properly can avoid these potential problems.

    Packing without marking

    The next awful common mistake that people usually do is to pack without marking. When you gather your stuff at one place or at least in several piles, make sure that you sort them in the boxes by categories. Moreover, to avoid the mess in your new house and to reduce the time for unpacking, label the boxes with the personal belongings that you put in them. This will put an order in your house in no time.

    Box Packing

    Don’t pack your boxes too heavy. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to pack boxes no heavier than 20 kgs when moving house. Of course, it’s always tempting to cram as much as you can into a box to save space.

    Try to consider the fact that you may not be able to lift a box after packing it too heavy. If you are able to barely lift it, then you leave yourself or your movers at risk for strain or injury if a box is too heavy to transport.

    Always label your boxes. Whatever size your house, you’ll always find you own more than you think. If you don’t label your boxes with the relevant information, you’ll find yourself wasting time searching in them after you settle in trying to find out where the removals company should put them. We recommend labeling them with the room they are supposed to be put in, and a brief summary of their contents.

    Packing a  Survival Kit

    In the intensity of moving day, it can be easy to forget that you’ll need provisions for your first few days in your new home. What are you going to eat? Where are you going to sleep? Your plates and toiletries may be at the bottom of one of the 25 boxes. The best solution is to pack a removals survival kit with all the essentials, so you can adapt yourself to your new home without having to worry about going out to buy supplies.

    Even if you are moving straight into your new home, it is easiest if everyone has clean overnight clothes and outfits for the next day easily available.  You don’t want to be rifling through boxes looking for toothbrushes and pyjamas late at night.  This also applies to ensuring your pets have their essential supplies to hand.

    Moving Non-Movable Items

    There are a number of items that are forbidden from being transported, such as hazardous chemicals, weapons, or flammable items. Check with your moving company for a full list. In addition you may want to take expensive items, heirlooms, or irreplaceable belongings with you, rather than in the moving van, to keep them safe. Alternatively you can ask professionals if they have experience packing these items.

    Managing Pets

    If you are moving to a new vet don’t forget to take all of your pet’s paperwork and medicines and maybe check with your current vet about moving your animal. When you get to your final destination, reinstate your pet’s routine, give them their own area within the new property and reward them with a special treat.

    During moving day it is best to keep your pet in a safe confined space where they can’t get lost or injured. Make sure they are transported safely to your new location and don’t forget to feed and walk them as you usually would – sticking to their usual routine as much as possible will help keep them calm under hectic circumstances.

    Moving Vehicle

    There are two key errors made in relation to moving vehicles:

    196Hiring the wrong sized truck

    Some people try to hide some of their items from their removal company at the time of getting a quote in the hope of getting it cheaper. However, if you don’t let your removal company know the full list of everything you need to move, not only could you end up with additional charges, but they may send a vehicle that is too small to take all your belongings.

    Driving carelessly

    Although you may be in a rush to complete your move it is simply not worth driving too fast or carelessly as you may damage your belongings within the vehicle or cause the items to drift, possibly resulting in a traffic accident.

    Loading Possessions

    Don’t simply add items to your moving vehicle as they are ready. Instead arrange boxes on the floor categorically to load them in sequence. First load the heavier boxes first in the middle of the vehicle. Arrange boxes in order of size and weight, with the largest and heaviest at the bottom of a stack and the lighter and smaller items at the top. Then add any long narrow items (e.g. mirrors) down the side and finally put the lightest and individual valuable/breakable items on the top.

    Rechecking Your Inventory

    Your inventory list is very important and you should take the time to fully check it as you leave your old property, and as you arrive at your new location. You will not be able to check every item being loaded into the moving vehicle, but keeping an eye on your inventory should alert you to anything being left behind. Once the vehicle has been unloaded, it is vital that you check your items against the list. Any claims for lost or damaged items could depend on your vigilance at this point. Just in case you have missed anything, it is also worth confirming your moving company’s policy for claims made at a later date.

    Cleaning Your New Property

    Try to clean your new property as soon as you arrive. You can then confidently unpack your things into your lovely clean new house. It is always a better idea to ensure the new property is at least clean enough for movers to put things at right place without any interruptions.

    Making a Claim

    The inventory (see number 22) is vitally important if you need to make a claim. If you have not checked your inventory at the time of the move, you may not be able to make a claim, if you later discover that one or more of your items are lost or damaged.

    You should also be aware that the basic limited liability coverage offered to you, free of charge, by the movers will not be sufficient. And most homeowners’ policies don’t cover items broken or lost in a move. Extra insurance can be purchased through an independent insurance company, which will cover you for the duration of the move.

    Other Common mistakes

    Finally there are a number of general mistakes made when moving:

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    Moving Abroad

    Moving abroad will unsettle your normal life and that of your family, so you need to think properly about why you want to leave before you go. Relocation can certainly be an amazing life experience, but settling down is often hard work, and you’re not very likely to find your place if you’ve just moved abroad to escape from something else. If you have a passion for your new country’s culture, or if you are sure that your professional opportunities or living conditions will be improved, you’ll find the whole moving process much easier, and you are unlikely to decide after a couple of months that the whole relocation was a mistake.

    Talking to Your Children

    Your children will be extremely stressed out if you do not tell them in advance that you are planning to relocate to a new home. They will most probably have to change their school and friends, so such news will be a huge shock for them. The age group which is the most sensitive one is between 10 and 14, so be extremely gentle and calm when you bring up the question of moving.

    Backing up Your Computer

    Whether you forget, or you just don’t realize you need to do it, you will set yourself up for problems, if you do not backup your computer. Even if your computer does not get dropped or wet, the movement alone can do damage. You would be surprised at how many people regret not doing a backup before they move. You should also avoid having cheap moving companies handle your computer. When possible, transport it yourself.

    Keeping Motivated

    When you’re sweating, getting bruises and dropping your favorite lamp on your foot, it’s easy to get frustrated and want to quit. But remember why you are moving in the first place, a new job, a new city or new roommates and you’ll find the motivation to keep going.

    Carrying Important Documents

    Not keeping important documents with you is another mistake and it is good to have them in your car.

    Making a Final Check

    In order to avoid the stress and the doubts better make a last check just before leaving. This check should include all the cabinets and cupboards. Check your documents and valuable things are in your baggage and you may finally leave your ex home with positive feelings.

    Updating Your Address

    It’s best to inform your change of address to financial institutions and your employer, to name just a few, in advance of your move.

    Keeping Receipts

    If you’re moving closer to a job, your moving costs may be tax-deductible. Keep receipts for moving household goods, utility change fees and lodging and travel expenses. However, if your employer covers those costs, you won’t be allowed to deduct them.

    Looking After Your Plants

    Obviously, the inside of a van isn’t conducive to plant life. Lots of movers won’t handle plants. A few weeks before the move, transplant plants from your breakable pots (the movers can pack and transport those) into lighter-weight unbreakable ones that will be easier to for you to move. If it turns out you can’t move your plants, donate them to friends, a botany class, or local retirement home.

    Moving house is a major life event, but if you can avoid these common mistakes you should have a stress free move.

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