Moving like getting a tooth pulled or driving a very long distance through uninteresting landscapes is one of those trials almost everyone must face. It’s sometimes unpleasant, it’s never exactly fun, but it usually leads to a positive outcome. Of course, particularly with moving, the success of the endeavor really depends on avoiding moving mistakes and planning ahead to make the process as smooth as possible.
If you’re hiring moving services, renting supplies, or having services such as painters or cleaners work on the house, book early. Waiting to do so could mean paying a higher price or not being able to get a truck or movers at all, particularly if it’s peak moving season.
USE THE RIGHT SIZE BOXES!
Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. (Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking.)
KEEP THE ESSENTIALS WITH YOU
On the night before the move, tuck everyday essentials, a change of clothes, a toothbrush, must-have stuffed animals or toys for the kids, medications, paperwork, etc., into a suitcase or bag you’ll keep with you in the car, the truck cab, or on the plane.
PLAN FOR THE PAYMENT
If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card, get a money order, cashier’s check, or cash for payment and tip. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. If your move was especially difficult, you might tip each mover up to $100. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.