So the pets are taken care of -- you either hired PetRelocation.com or are using our free pet travel resources to plan your move. Now for hte tricky part -- the moving day!
Anxious about how smoothly the process will go? Well the good thing is you don't have to panic. Read on to discover the five most common mistakes people make when pet moving home - then vow you won't do the same!
1. Not doing research
You've probably got a thousand things to do now you've decided to move home. But make sure you don't neglect to spend time on good research into the best moving companies in Seattle, LA, or wherever you happen to be. Most people end up staying with the first service they contact. The reality is you could do yourself a great favor if you call around, make thorough enquiries and check important details to find out how trustworthy your service is. You might not just save money, you'll end up with the best value for the service you need. Be cautious of scam movers who like to trick customers with appealingly low moving estimates - then will add extras on the day. And always be sure to check your moving company is licensed and insured.
2. Not planning well and planning ahead
Planning, coupled with good time management, is the key to a successful move. Pack well in advance - don't leave it until the last moment. This will mean you have more time to pack your belongings with more care so they are not damaged while transported, and you can organize your boxes for easy sorting. It could also save you money as you can anticipate when your moving company is likely to require higher prices because of high demand - usually during the summer and the first and last weeks of the month when renters leave their residences.
3. Not being honest
Most respectable movers will create an estimate for you - but be sure to be upfront and honest with the company. Is your new home on a high floor apartment? Is your new street too narrow for a moving truck? Have you added additional items to your moving inventory and hope no-one notices? You'll find yourself with additional costs on your moving day if you do not disclose things that will require your movers having to do extra work. Make sure your estimate is fair and accurate by being realistic about your moving needs.
4. Not checking and checking again
The inventory sheet that you sign will be documented proof of the items you have handed over to be moved. It's important to spend time going over it and double-checking everything you need is present and included. 5. Not keeping hold of your most precious items There are some items you won't feel comfortable letting out of your sight. Pack a briefcase or box with valuables like passports, financial documents, jewelry, and laptops -all those items you feel are irreplaceable or you won't want misplaced or damaged during the move. Then take them with you. This will give you extra peace of mind.
For more moving tips and ideas, check out the PSMoving Blog.