Don’t Make These Common Moving Mistakes
Moving can be such a huge hassle, even when you hire good movers in Cave Creek. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, you have to pack up and move your entire life, and that can be very stressful. Hiring an affordable moving company in Scottsdale can make it better, but you can still be your own worst enemy by making some common moving mistakes.
Here are some of the biggest mistakes that people make when moving in Arizona and beyond:
Not Checking Out the New Area
The first step in any move should be research the area where you plan to relocate. You should research crime statistics, information about the schools, job prospects, and recreational opportunities. Even if you don’t have children, good schools will help to improve property values in the area, as will the other elements of the city.
Also make sure you check out the cost of living and historical trends. Even if the area looks like it’s doing well now, it may be on a temporary upswing. You’ll want to make sure you know what you’re in for in the long run.
Failing to Have a Plan
There are so many variables involved in moving, even after you have already found a new home. You have to pack everything, figure out the day to move, create a plan for moving everything, figure out how to manage your children and pets during the move, get your car to your new destination, turn on utilities, and much more.
You can’t just wing it. You need to start planning months ahead of your move. The more detailed your plan, the easier your move will be. You will also be girded against the unexpected, such as it raining on the day of your move or finding out the cable guy has to reschedule a week later. Put contingencies into your plan for potential emergencies.
Timing is everything for your move. Plan to move at the wrong time and you’ll find it difficult to schedule movers, you’ll pay more than you have to, and you’ll battle the elements. Moving from late spring to fall is hectic since everyone else is moving then, but moving during the winter can be unbearable because of the cold. (Fortunately, if you are moving within Arizona, you won’t have to worry about that.)
Research all your options thoroughly, including hiring movers Scottsdale 85255 versus renting your own truck. You may find that there are better times of the year for each option, as well as better times of the month or even the week.
When planning your timing, make sure you also give yourself plenty of time to pack. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Packing Too Much
A lot of people just pack up everything they own, and then they end up getting rid of a lot of it when they unpack and start realizing that they don’t need most of those things. Don’t wait until you’ve already paid to move the items to evaluate their necessity. Go through your possessions carefully before or during your packing to get rid of any items that you no longer need.
By downsizing as much as possible, you will make your move much easier — and much less expensive. That’s less to pack, move and unpack.
Not Checking Out the Moving Company
Not every company in the white pages is reputable. Some moving companies will show up late, knock your things around in the move, or even cancel at the last minute. The more disreputable companies can rip you off or even steal some of your belongings.
It is important that you thoroughly research any moving company in the 85331 area before you hire them. Check out online reviews, look for reports with the Better Business Bureau, and check that their license and insurance are up to date.
Get at least three estimates from different moving companies, and make sure they are in-home estimates so there are no surprises. Ask plenty of questions about the service, such as if the movers will be using a sub-contractor or if the move will require special arrangements, such as a truck transfer or special loading equipment.
Not Saving Receipts
You may be able to write off some of the expenses of your move when you file your taxes, but you’ll need to have your receipts to document your expenses. You will have to consult with an accountant to find out exactly what you can deduct, but you may be able to get credit for packing and transportation expenses, storage, travel expenses like flights and hotels, and the cost to transfer utilities.
If you are moving for a job, you may also be able to be reimbursed for some of your expenses. You will need to save your receipts for those expenses, as well.
Not Getting Insurance
Even when you hire reputable movers in Cave Creek, accidents can still happen. A box can be dropped, the truck can be hit in transit, or a mover can trip while carrying your china buffet. Getting the proper insurance can protect you against financial loss if an accident happens.
Ask your mover what insurance protection is offered, and check the specific limits on coverage, including for types of damage and amounts. Then check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to find out if you have any coverage there.
Working with the right movers can help you avoid a lot of these mistakes by walking you through the best steps for a great move. A to Z Valleywide Movers is an affordable Gilbert moving company with an established reputation. We have a long history of successful moves, and we have great online reviews and references. All of our moves are licensed and insured, so you can rest easy knowing that your valuables are in the hands of experienced professionals. Our movers take pride in their work, and the protection of your valuables is their top priority. Call us today for an in-home estimate or to learn more about our services.