While the end result of moving house is always exciting, the actual act of moving can be extremely stressful for you and your household. The whole thing’s certain to be long, costly and frustrating, but there are a few precautions you can take to ensure your move is as stress-free as possible.
Never at the Start or End of the Month
One thing to consider in your planning process is to avoid the rush. Many people have no idea that the beginning and end of the month are usually the busiest times for moving companies in Mississauga and other cities, so you should try to make the day of your actual move fall somewhere in the middle. You don’t want to be in a position where you’re pleading with your moving company to fit you in on the last weekend of the month, where their schedule is probably packed as it is. You should also, if possible, try to move in any season other than summer, which is the busiest time of the year for almost every moving company.
Go with the Moving Company’s Schedule
Another good pointer is to go for a time window that works best for the moving company. Yes this may seem a little backwards; after all you’re the customer, and isn’t the customer always right? The moving industry, unfortunately, is full of businesses that you’ll have to approach a bit like a mechanic – asking, not telling, how long you have to wait until your car is operational. Just like this, you’re much better off asking the moving company when they’re less busy, so that you’ll have their full attention. These businesses don’t want to do anything that may harm their reputation, and when they’re moving you around, trying to fit you into a time which doesn’t work as well for you, it’s probably so that you get the best service possible.
Choose Reputable Moving Companies
Finally, as with any business, be wary of scams. One of the common scams that sullies the moving industry’s name is what we call “the hostage”. Essentially, a rogue trader or maybe just some gang will charge you a great price, load all of your possessions into a truck, lock it, then refuse to unlock it at your new home unless you cough up a much higher fee than previously agreed. When choosing a moving company to serve your needs, go for reputable names, such as Hills Moving in Ontario, to avoid these situations.
Hopefully, this has given you a little more insight into making your move much less stressful and frantic. Above all, try to keep a positive attitude, maintain communication with your household, and everything should run smoothly.
(12 Steps to Hiring a Mover By Adam Bluestein, realsimple.com)
(What to Know Before Hiring a Professional Moving Company By Mike Glanz on November 12, 2014, smartycents.com)