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Don’t Make These Moving Mistakes!

“I hate when that happens.” I laughed out loud at those late-night skits where two friends recounted their moments of self-inflicted pain. Funny! But there’s nothing to laugh about if you make costly mistakes when moving. Here are three common pitfalls . . . and some tips for avoiding them.

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Not giving yourself enough time. Unless you’re simply carting a few pieces across town, you need to allow several weeks to plan and prepare for your move. Movers must schedule their people and equipment several weeks in advance. (The lead time is longer during the summer when most people want to move.) If you scramble to secure services at the last minute, you’ll be lucky to find a reputable provider. And it will cost a lot more. Once you arrive at a move date, allow yourself four weeks to cross all the i’s and dot all the t’s.

Tip: Follow this easy-to-use checklist that shows what you need to do—and when to do it—to prepare for your move: Moving Checklist

Moving things you really don’t need. The cost to move your goods is based on weight and distance. So, if you can shed the items you won’t need, do it. (Like those old school books you keep telling yourself you’ll someday want to consult.)

Tip: Hold a moving sale. Or give things away. Many local charities will come to your home and pick things up. You may want to do the same with shelf-stable food. Weleski participates in a program called Move For Hunger. If you wish to donate unopened, non-perishable foods to feed others in need, let us know. We’ll take the items to a local food bank for you.

Failing to Get a Visual Estimate. Some companies may shoot you a price over the phone for your move. But don’t bet on the accuracy. As I mentioned earlier, weight is an important consideration in the cost of your move. Reputable movers will insist on walking through your house and looking at everything to give you an accurate estimate of cost.

Tip: Be sure to show everything. Let your move estimator see every attic space, garage, and cubby so there are no surprises. And be aware that anything you decide to add at the last minute may or may not make it onto the truck—and will increase the cost of your move.

These are just a few of the expensive mistakes people make. To avoid them all, talk to your moving professional when you first decide you will move. The sooner you start your planning, the more likely you are to save money—and less likely to say, “I hate when that happens.”

When you’re ready to start planning your move, call us at 888-224-3330 or send us a message!

Packing? Why Not Make it a Party?

So, you’re moving and you’ve decided to shoulder some of the work yourself, namely the task of getting things boxed up and ready to load onto the truck. Depending on how much you have, packing can be daunting. However, as the old saying goes, “many hands make light work.”  You might have enough people power in your own family to get the job done without stressing out. But you could also use the occasion to bring together good friends. You can enjoy the time together, share memories, and get a lot of busy work done in the process.

Pipacking party for movingck a day and time that works for everybody. A day or two before the truck is scheduled to arrive is ideal. You could even begin a week or two before your moving out day, with books, some tableware, clothing, linens—things you won’t need day-to-day until you get to your new home.

Have the packing supplies on hand when your guests arrive. Brown craft paper, clear packing tape, bubble wrap, foam peanuts, and cardboard cartons. Old newspaper can also come in handy, but beware—the ink may rub off and can smudge or stain.  You can also purchase packing supplies from your local moving company. You may also find used cartons at your favorite grocery. Most stores have a bin for recycling cardboard; just ask the manager.

Before work begins, decide exactly what you want to accomplish. Establish a convenient work area, with plenty of room. A big table works well. So does a wide open floor space, such as in the living room. You might turn on some music to establish a pleasant background.  As you work, mark the contents on the outside of cartons; it will make placing and unpacking things at your new home much easier.

Of course, a party isn’t a party without munchies and drinks. You might wish to finish off some food in your fridge or freezer, since you can’t take it with you (movers are not allowed to transport foods that can spoil). Or you might order in—sub sandwiches or pizza, for instance. If you start your gathering mid-morning or mid-afternoon, your guests will probably have eaten before they arrive. You can work up an appetite together and take a well-deserved break for lunch or dinner.  If you want to nibble while you work, consider foods that aren’t messy, such as raw veggies, pretzels, and finger sandwiches. In any case, have fun and enjoy your time together.

When you’re ready to start planning your move, contact Weleski Transfer of the Pittsburgh/Tarentum area for you free moving quote today!