Monthly Archives: May 2017

PLANNING FOR THE UNEXSPECTED

The thing about the unexpected is, you don’t expect it. A lot can go wrong with a move. Closings are suddenly delayed for often the simplest reasons. Every week we have to reschedule move dates because of closings being bumped. Not such a big deal unless it happens at the last minute. Or, if the folks you sold your home to need you out, but you have no home to move to. All because of some paperwork glitch at the title company. It is always good to have a backup plan and a flexible moving company.

Professional moving companies offer last minute storage options. Ask about storage, even if you have no intention of needing it. Sometimes if you are delayed by a day, you can store your furniture on the truck and avoid the cost of everything being moved twice.

Know where the water cut off is at your old house as well as your new home. Disconnecting washing machines can reveal problems that you did not know existed. ??If you can???t shut off the water at the washing machine, you can’t move the appliance. I have even seen brand-new homes with plumbing problems. Once when I was connecting a washer, the PVC connection twisted off. It had been seated incorrectly by the plumber. Water started pouring everywhere and our customer did not know where the water cut off was. We found the valve shut off and cut off the water supply. ????Don’t expect your movers to have this skill set. ??Know how to shut off your own water supply.

Make a trip to Home Depot and pack up some extra skids/casters if you are moving to a home with hardwood floors. Just in case. If your washer hoses are old, now is the time to pick up a new set while you are at the hardware store. The same goes for your ice maker connections. ??Pick up a kit. You can always return it if you don’t need it. Be prepared, consider all contingencies.

If you are moving yourself, or just hiring a mover for the big stuff, what is your plan if your friends don’t show up, bail, or flake? What is your back up plan? If you hired a mover for the big items, it may be easy enough to add some more items to your moving list. If you hired a “lowest cost mover” and they are a no show, what is the backup plan?. Always give yourself options to prepare for the unforeseen.

The best plans are the ones made ahead of time.

PREPARING YOUR NEW HOME

Your new place should be ready, shouldn’t it? The place is empty, all you need to do is move your boxes and furniture into the right rooms. Here are some considerations.

The walk way, the carpeting, and the hard floors are all factors in your move. Are you going to lay down plastic to protect the carpet? Is the moving company going to lay down carpet protectors? If so what is the additional cost? Is it included in the quote? Professional movers normally have door protectors, and door jamb covers.

Hard wood floors and linoleum can be damaged quite easily by faulty skids or wheels. I have seen fridges tear gaping holes in linoleum floors. Dressers, sofas, chairs, and anything with feet has the potential to damage a floor. You must be vigilant to check your casters, skids and wheels for defects. Often if the plastic protector is damaged the nail that held it in place is still jutting out. Just waiting to destroy your floor.

Floor damage can happen when you move furniture from a carpeted room to a hardwood floor room. In a carpeted room you have no idea of the potential damage a bad caster can cause. ??Carpet does not scratch.

I once moved a very large armoire from a carpeted bedroom to a bedroom with a wood floor. I told the wife that the casters needed to be replaced. I put the piece exactly where she wanted so they would not have to move it until it was fixed. As the crew continued to unload the truck, the husband decided to move the armoire to another wall by pushing it. His wife had not told him, and she was now taking care of the baby. The poor man put a three-foot scratch in his brand new wood floor. This is also why professional movers pick up or dolly furniture, sliding furniture is frowned upon.

The walk way must me clean. Sometimes new houses have mud on the walk way because of the new sod. Before your move make sure your walk way will be clean. The moving truck is clean, your new home is clean, should not your walk way is clean as well? ??Mud on the walk way will get tracked in to the house and the moving truck. ??Movers cannot take their shoes off because of safety reasons, as well as being impractical. I once had a customer ask for us to remove our shoes while we were carrying a piano. Movers have broken bones by accidently dropping something heavy on their toes even with their shoes on. They are not going to take their shoes off. ??Moving heavy furniture is inherently risky. Not to be done bare foot.

The best way to prepare your new home for the move is to know where everything is going. Don’t make the movers stand there holding a piece of heavy furniture while you discuss with your spouse where the piece of furniture is going to end up. Have a plan before the move day. An organized move is a smooth move.

PREMOVE LOGISTICS

Nothing can sabotage your moving experience like poor planning. Whether you hire a full service moving company or are renting a moving truck there is still a ton of stuff to consider that has nothing to do with the actual move. Moving all your personal belongings from point A to point B, is only one aspect of your relocation.

Kids need to be unenrolled from their old school and enrolled in their new school. Parents will often move for the sole purpose of having their children go to a better school district.

Utilities need to be transferred. Water, electric, internet, and gas need to be shut off at the old address and turned on at your new home. It is a good idea to have your utilities overlap by a few days. The phone numbers to all of your utilities should be saved on your phone or written down. (In the appendix there is a place to save your help-full numbers,)

I have been on moves where the electric company had already shut off the lights and we were moving with lanterns and flash lights. This happens more than you would think with folks that try to cut corners. One person set the cut off the day after their move only to have their house closing delayed. Another person said “I told them to cut it off at 5pm” The electric company cut the power first thing in the morning. Pay for a few extra days and avoid the stress. Good lighting is key to a success full move. And, no one wants to spend the first night at their new home without water, AC, heat, the lights on, or the coffee maker working.

Your rental truck should be booked three weeks ahead of time. Rent it for a few extra days. You can always return it early. The cost is much less expensive three weeks before your move. If you need extra days with your rental truck at the last minute, you will pay a premium. If all the rental trucks are rented out at the end of the month, and you need to keep your truck for a few extra days, that puts the rental company in a bind. Your truck is already rented to another customer.

If you are hiring a professional, you should get at least three moving quotes from reputable moving companies. You should try to reserve your move date three weeks ahead of time. If your move date changes, notify your mover as soon as possible. The moving industry is a logistics industry. Professional moving companies will bend over backwards to accommodate your moving date. Priority is always given to customers that have already reserved their date.

One customer had their closing delayed by the title company. The paperwork was missing some small thing. We were already booked up for the end of the month. We had been turning away business for the last week. There are always folks that think that they can call today for a move tomorrow at the end of the month. Quality mover do not over book and fill all their time slots well ahead of time. Because this was our customer we accommodated their move date change, even though we were already booked up at the end of the month. We worked until’ one in the morning, but we got the move done and got our customer out of a jam. Moving companies give priority to those already on their schedule.

Plan for a baby sitter on move day. You do not want small children around the hours during the move. Heavy furniture being carried out of the house and children do not mix. The movers will be concerned with not bumping in to your kids, when all of their attention should be focused on the task at hand. Moving furniture without damaging it.

Find a pet sitter for move day. Pets under foot cause problems, I have also noticed that dogs get stressed out with strangers moving everything out of the house. This happens more thaen you would think, the dog will be tied up or in a cage, or in some cases loose in the home. The dog barks at the movers as they are moving out all the boxes and furniture. The dog looks at its owner, then at the moving men, then back to the owner and barks. The dog can’t understand what is going on. The house that the dog has sworn to protect is being emptied by strangers. And the owner won’t do anything, ???What???s wrong with my owner, they are taking everything???. At the new house the dogs are normally as happy as can be, as all your personal belonging come pouring into the new house. Save your dog the stress, find a pet sitter.

Planning before your move, is the first step in having a smooth moving experience. Organize, make lists, and set up a schedule.

 

BEFORE MOVEDAY

Moving is stressful. Some rank it on the same list as death, divorce, and bankruptcy. But unlike accidents, betrayal, and the economy crashing. Household relocations can be well planned, well organized, and well prepared for.

What is easy for the expert is hard for the novice. With a little knowledge and planning your move can go smoothly. You can know what pitfalls to avoid, what questions to ask, and what to expect on moveday.

So you have your new place and a move date, but there are a lot of things you still have to consider. If you have bought or are building your dream house, you have probably dealt with a mountain of paper work that you did not even know existed. The home buying experience is complex, and a large book on its own.

Money is always a consideration. Nobody wants to over pay, everybody wants the best value for their dollar. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to do their research and acquire much needed knowledge. It is all too easy to skimp on the move when money is tight. Buying a house is expensive. Buying furniture to fill the house is expensive too. People often use moving to a new place as an excuse to redecorate and add new furnishings.

Hiring a mover is a means to an end. You are paying for men, moving boxes, and a truck, but the goal is simple. Move all my stuff from point A to point B. You are really paying for a service, an experience. By definition an experience that it better the less you notice it and the faster that it is over with.

Depending on money, friends, family, and time; you may be moving yourself, DIY. Maybe you are planning a hybrid move; using a mover for some things, moving the rest yourself. Or perhaps you are using a professional moving company to handle everything. A full service move.

Renting a moving truck can be simple and convenient. Hiring a professional moving company can be done with a phone call and a in home estimate. Understanding the companies and the right questions to ask can make all the difference in your moving experience.

 

You have four options to consider. Find out what suits you and your pocketbook best.

  1. Pack all the boxes and move everything yourself. DIY
  2. Pack all the boxes and move all the small stuff yourself. Have a professional moving company move all the big items.
  3. Pack all the boxes yourself. Hire a professional moving company to move all your furniture and sealed boxes. No rental truck or rental dollies needed. Most people choose this option. You can save a lot of money packing yourself.
  4. Hire a full service move. The movers will pack your boxes, and move everything. This is the stress free option.