Moving is one of the most common things in America, and yet it is often misunderstood. Having misperceptions of how things should be done can cause you a lot of unnecessary stress.
To approach this gargantuan task properly, debunk the six most common myths about moving below first.
It Is Cost-Effective to DIY Everything
A moving estimate app can show that the cost of a truck rental pales in comparison to that of professional mover service. However, there is a good chance that you might not save money overall.
First of all, the rent is not the only expense you need to worry about. You also have to factor in fuel, tolls, auxiliary equipment, like a dolly, packing supplies, and insurance. If you request some assistance from your friends, include their food and lodging into the equation too.
A mover will charge you based on the total weight of your belongings and the specific services you need. Do the math before deciding to DIY your entire move.
You Can Bring Anything on the Road
Moving everything you own right now can get you in trouble. You should transport anything hazardous, such as combustible items and poisonous chemicals. In fact, movers generally do not agree to load firearms and ammunition in the truck.
Furthermore, do not bring perishables on the road. Empty your pantry ahead of your move, and avoid buying groceries until you are already in your new residence with a hooked-up fridge.
Any Box Is Good Enough
No, most boxes are not strong enough to be used for long-distance moves and holding heavy household items. You can utilize high-quality cardboard boxes from a local business or a friend of yours, but there is no telling whether they are still in good shape because of previous uses.
Getting brand-new moving boxes and taping their bottoms are sound practices.
Labeling the Boxes Is a Useless Task
If you put a premium on organization during packing, you will thank yourself later. The move itself is stressful, but wait till you try finding certain things from dozens of nondescript boxes.
Labeling each box right from the start makes it easier to not only re-organize your belongings in your new house but also tracking all of your stuff.
All Movers Are Equal
Most movers are legitimate licensed and insured businesses, but there are rogue companies that make a profit out of ripping homeowners off.
Do not get sold on personality alone. Dig deeper to determine whether you can trust your prospective mover or not. Ask for credentials you can verify, and read reviews from reliable sites to learn what other people have to say about the company.
Insurance Covers Broken or Lost Items
Basic liability coverage only pays $0.60 per pound per item. To get absolute peace of mind, spend a little extra to receive full value protection for all of your possessions. You are free to buy insurance from a third party too.
Moving is not always straightforward. Do your research, and seek advice from sources you can rely on. In the end, you can’t pull it off, regardless of the amount of effort you put into it, without tackling it from the right perspective.