6 Common Moving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Whether you're relocating your home or business across town or across the country, there's plenty of room for error or, worse, outright disaster. But with the proper planning and precautions in place, you can ensure a smooth transition for your belongings over any distance.

We've compiled the following list of common mistakes and mishaps to help you avoid common mistakes and improve your move:

  1. Choosing a mover without checking qualifications and references. Don't trust your belongings to just anyone. When interviewing moving companies, be sure to ask for a list of qualifications and references. Call or email past customers and ask them about their experience. Your local Better Business Bureau also maintains a trustworthy rating system to help consumers make informed decisions. Look for a mover with an A+ rating and you can rest assured that you're working with qualified professionals. If all else fails, ask your friends and colleagues for their suggestions.

  2. Trying to do it yourself instead of hiring professionals. Everybody loves to save money, but this isn't the grocery store checkout line. When it comes to moving your business or household, it pays to call in the pros. Don't risk personal injury and property damage (not to mention your valuable time) trying to make the move yourself.

  3. Enlisting an IT department to move office computer systems. A team of highly trained IT professionals is qualified to manage your network and ensure that your hardware is running at peak performance. That does not mean they are qualified to move your computer systems from point A to point B. Don't risk damaging your vital technology infrastructure when relocating your office. Hire an insured professional mover with experience relocating sensitive computer and server systems.

  4. Going with the lowest quote. All moving companies are not the same. Very often, if you base your decision on quoted cost alone, you may find that you end up paying more than you planned in hidden fees, add-ons and damage to your belongings. Choose your mover based on a balanced consideration of qualifications, guarantees and overall costs and you won't be disappointed or surprised when it comes time to pay your bill.

  5. Neglecting to inform your mover of obstacles (i.e. stairs, egress, narrow driveway) at your new or current location. In order for your moving company to adequately plan for your move and provide an accurate estimate, offer as many details as possible regarding the physical locations you are moving to and from. Last-minute surprises at either end of the move can present a number of difficulties, often jeopardizing the safety and well-being of your belongings and moving personnel.

  6. Basing your choice of moving company solely on an Internet estimate. The worldwide web is a helpful resource for researching movers prior to your relocation. But when it comes to providing Internet estimates, many moving companies rely on standardized forms and formulas that do not take every eventuality or factor into consideration. Be sure to speak directly with a qualified moving consultant before making your decision. An experienced moving consultant will ask detailed questions, offering expert advice and customized solutions before putting together a comprehensive, easy-to-understand estimate. In most cases, you're likely to discover that the real differences between movers can't be quantified in a quick and easy online quote.

For more helpful tips to improve your move, Contact Anchor Moving Systems Today and speak with your very own Chief Moving Officer.