Over the next 30 days I am committed to writing and posting to my blog once a day. I am following in the footsteps of my business coach, Elizabeth Hagen of SuccessPlus Coaching . So in order to make my commitment happen, I am planning to dissect and explore the steps, processes, and tips in organizing, preparing and completing a move. OR The Anatomy of a Move!
It has been said that moving is one of the top 5 most stressful things you will do in your life. If you have every moved you will probably agree. So whether you are moving yourself, helping a friend or relative, be prepared to have some stress for at least 4 weeks, probably more, before move day and a couple of weeks after move day. Over the remaining 29 days to show you why it may be beneficial to have professional assistance of amove manager and mover.
The time of year you choose to move can add to the stress of the move. Summer time is usually when most people plan to move, so consequently that is when the professional movers are the busiest. Mover’s are usually very busy, frequently over booked, and understaffed. This is a recipe for the perfect moving become a horror story.
To help to prevent this from happening you should remember three key points:
- You can always find someone with a truck and a couple of strong burly men to help you move. However the old saying: “You get what you pay for.”; is true. What you pay for a move is very important and my company always recommends obtaining 2-3 estimates of reputable, qualified, and experienced movers. When you do this, you are most likely to be comparing “apples to apples instead of apples to oranges”.
- Again price isn’t everything! Choose the mover who can: accommodate your schedule and do you need to rearrange your life to accommodate them? During the summer, the moving industries peak season, movers tend to over commit and their schedules can, and at times do, become back logged. This can create horror stories – mover’s loading the van at 9 PM using headlights and flashlights to see what they are doing.
- Understand that Murphy’s Law can always come into play when you are planning a move. Remember that house closings can be postponed or delayed! To prevent this from happening you should arrange to move out of your old home the day before a scheduled closing and move in the day after closing on the new home. Also remember you cannot schedule always schedule your move only on sunny days! Be prepared to move in the rain, snow, or blistering heat!
There are many things that need to be considered and if you follow my blog over the next 29 days, I will give you some food for thought and breakdown the The Anatomy of a Move for you.