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.