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Worst moving experiences and how to avoid them


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The stress that comes with the sole idea of moving your whole life to another place is already enough to deal with. Relocation can get pretty chaotic. Even if it’s not your first time, there is always room for surprises. You’ve probably heard a lot of moving horror stories from others, or you’ve dealt with a couple yourself. Read below for the most common worst moving experiences, and more importantly, how to avoid them.

What can cause you to have some of the worst moving experiences you can think of?

One of the most common causes of a bad relocation experience is definitely packing and everything that comes with it. As packing can give a headache in more ways than one, we decided to split them into groups according to the type of the problem.

Late packing

It is moving day and you are still running through your house packing pillows and books? This can cause various problems, especially if you already booked Southern New Hampshire movers and scheduled a relocation. Professional movers will have to wait for you to pack, causing extra stress, delays, and probably more expenses. To avoid this kind of scenario you will have to plan your move more carefully the next time around. Make sure you pack well in advance and don’t ever wait for the last day to do so. An extra piece of advice – you can pack things even months in advance, if you won’t need them soon. These often include seasonal clothes, special occasion-only items, festive decorations, etc.

packing boxes on the floor
Not having enough packing boxes is a nightmare come true

Lack of packing supplies

Not having enough boxes to pack everything sounds like a nightmare come true. Luckily, this can easily be avoided. When organizing your move, get a rough estimate of how many boxes you will need, and double the number. Better to be safe than sorry, if you end up having unused boxes, sell them online. Use smaller boxes to avoid overloading. It’s easier to move a couple of smaller and lighter boxes, than a huge one, too heavy to even lift. It also minimizes the risk of injuries and breakage.

Wrong packing technique

Directly linked to the previous packing problem – having plenty of boxes is not enough, unfortunately. You have to think about the quality and get sturdy ones to avoid breakage. Plastic containers can be a handy solution, as well. The most important piece of advice is to invest a bit more time in packing your valuable and fragile items. Use bubble wrap and towels for extra safety. If you feel safer you can always move your valuables yourself, and leave the rest to professionals. Pro tip – if you have large and fragile items to move such as piano, for example, booking experienced piano movers NH can save you a lot of trouble.

Why choosing a reliable moving partner is crucial for a successful relocation

You meticulously organized everything, booked a moving company in advance, and packed everything. Now, you are ready to get on the road, but the moving crew is missing. To avoid this scenario you have to be well prepared. The first and probably the most important thing is to do thorough research and find reliable movers. Get an estimate and gather as much information as possible. Make sure you don’t book a moving company just because it offers a cheap service. There is a chance the offer is not legit, and a chance you will end up spending if they prove to be unreliable and unprofessional.  If you want to move just a few items, not a whole household, opting for on of the finest small moving companies NH has will turn out to be a good move.

to do list on tablet
Every relocation can turn into one of the worst moving experiences ever. The biggest mistake is not to plan in advance.

Other possible problems you might face on moving day

  • To avoid having one of the worst moving experiences, check the weather forecast continuously weeks before moving. Even the most professional crew in the world can’t stand up to the bad weather conditions. If there’s any chance of snow or heavy rain, make sure the movers have experience working in these conditions or try to reschedule the move. Nothing should be more important than your safety and the safety of your belongings.
  • There’s also a chance of traffic jams, so be patient. If you chose a respectable company with experienced movers, have no fear. They will do their best to have your things moved as soon as possible. What you can do for yourself is be prepared. Don’t let it stress you. There’s nothing you can do except to be patient. 
  • Lost boxes and stuff that gets stolen are also a possible scenario. However, if you do your homework and hire a trusted company the risks of theft are very low. What you want to do is label your boxes and possibly write your initials on them. Also, make an inventory list of everything you put in the vehicle. That way you can avoid losing something or mixing up boxes.
  • If you have a licensed firearm you want to move with you, check gun safe movers Merrimack NH for secure relocation.

Beware of house problems

Whether it involves your old place or your new one, there can be problems related to your house or apartment.  Imagine that you and the team of local movers Southern NH will be going in and out of the place for hours. If you aren’t being careful, damage can occur. An overloaded box can break and cause heavy stuff to fall and scratch the floors or make holes. The surface of your walls can get scratched, as well. Additionally, carpets can get wet and dirty. Luckily, you can avoid this easily by paying more attention. Protect the floors with old blankets or towels, especially if it’s raining outside.

Moving into a new place doesn’t always play out as we wanted

One of the worst things that can happen is that you forgot to move your utilities in time. Make sure you arrange the transfer of utilities in time, to avoid sitting in the dark without power, heat, or the AC.

Next one is also tricky – no elevators in the building. You can prepare for this by checking whether the place has elevators or not. If it does, ask the building manager how to reserve the elevator for the move. If there’s no elevator, bring some friends willing to help or ask for an extra-large team of movers.

inside of the elevator
Having an elevator in the new building is one thing less to worry about

Imagine this scenario – you are there, boxes are out, and it’s time to open the doors. A foul smell hits you in the face and you realize the past tenants hadn’t exactly left the place spotless. Explain the situation to the team and find one room or a corner that looks clean enough to put boxes in. While they are unloading, contact your new landlord or the previous owner. They should send someone. If they are not willing to take care of this, find someone who can quickly come to clean. If you have a lot of  furniture, stop the unload and ask the movers to help you find a storage unit

All of these problems can lead to you having one of the worst moving experiences ever. Don’t let it catch you off guard, use this as a cheat sheet and plan to avoid what can be avoided. Good luck!

“I have used Michael Brooks Moving Co. 3 times and was completely satisfied every time. His staff is professional and very careful with the whole moving process. I would hire them again and know it is going to be done right and worry free.”

- Paul Provencher

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