If this is your first time moving, it can be a bit stressful. Under that stress and pressure, you may make mistakes. It’s OK. You’ll learn from them and move on. But we’re here to ensure you don’t fall victim to those pitfalls that so many first-time movers encounter. Here are the most common rookie mistakes to avoid when facing your residential move.
1. You fail to create a moving budget
You’ll need a budget in place to control your moving expenses. If there was ever a time in your life where you’re in danger of over-spending, it’s when moving house. That’s why coming up with a clear-cut budget of what you can spend is critical. Request at least three estimates from reputable movers to get started.
2. You fail to research your movers
Be sure to read moving reviews and ratings left by previous customers, check their membership status with the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and check their legal status with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
3. You assume all movers are trying to scam you
Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories about people being scammed by fly-by-night movers who take their money and their belongings as hostage. Yes, these stories do happen, but the truth is that most movers are honest, trustworthy and reputable. You just have to put the time in to find them.
4. You keep important move-related information from your movers
When your movers come to your home for a visual inspection and estimate, don’t withhold essential details to try to get a lower estimate. They’re eventually find out you have many more items to move than you originally stated and will simply increase your estimate to reflect this.
5. You don’t request in-home visual surveys
This is a common mistake that can end up costing you a lot later. Never accept just a verbal estimate over the phone. They can’t possibly know how much your couch weighs or how heavy your grandmother’s armoire is. An on-site visual survey is the only way to achieve a true estimate.
6. You accept the first offer you get
Compare at least three, preferably five, written moving estimates after an in-home survey. Examine the estimates and look at additional services included in the quotes as well as rates. This will help you choose a reasonably priced mover.
7. You sign incomplete or blank documents
This is an easy way to become a victim of a moving scam. Always make sure any documents you sign are complete and you have reviewed them first. Signing a blank document is just asking for trouble, and you will have very little recourse later because, well, you did sign the paper!
Contact Advanced Moving Company in San Antonio
For trusted residential and commercial movers, contact us at 210-722-1322 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to supply you with a free estimate when you call or fill out our online form, followed by an in-home visual survey.