Since few people have professional moving experience under their belt, mistakes are bound to happen. But they’re 100% preventable. We at Ameritex Movers have over 15 years in the business, so it’s safe to say we know our stuff. We’ve seen some of the biggest moving mistakes occur over and over, and we want to help you anticipate and avoid them.
Here are the most common moving mistakes we see and how to prevent them.
Top 10 Moving Mistakes
How do you pack up an entire house? Little by little. Each day before your big move, try to fill at least one or two boxes. Waiting until the last minute only adds stress and causes mistakes.
2. Trying To DIY Your Entire Move
While not everyone may choose a full-service moving package, most reputable professional movers like Ameritex will have suggestions for working within your budget. If all else fails, enlist family and friends to help.
3. Packing and Labeling Incorrectly
4. Failing To Get Rid of Unused Items
Part of the beauty of moving is having the chance to organize your belongings. Take this opportunity to weed through your things. Sell, donate, and trash items you no longer use.
5. Forgetting To Switch Utilities
No one wants to spend the first night in their new home in the dark. Make the necessary phone calls well in advance — most companies require at least a few days’ notice.
6. HIring the Cheapest Movers
There’s nothing wrong with trying to save an extra buck. Just beware of moving companies with shockingly low rates. For instance, someone who undercuts everyone else by 30% or more may not be reputable.
7. Not Getting an Estimate
When it comes to moving, you don’t want any hidden surprises. Always get an estimate. And always read through your contract for hidden fees.
8. Not Checking Insurance
Professional movers worth hiring are bonded and insured — this protects both you and them. Check their website for MC and USDOT numbers. If you don’t see that information, ask the company to provide it.
9. Forgetting About Pets
10. Neglecting To Pack an Overnight Bag
There are certain items you’ll need right away in your new home. Bring the following essentials with you:
- Important documents and valuables
- Entertainment like books, magazines, or board games
- Cell phone and charger
- Snacks and medication
- Cleaning supplies
- Basic tools
- Clothes and toiletries
- Shower curtain
- Bath tissue
- Trash bags, paper towels, and paper plates/cups
Professional Houston Area Movers
If you’re moving in or around Houston, hiring a professional moving company like Ameritex can help you avoid these common moving mistakes. We put our customers first and truly believe everyone deserves to have a stress-free move. Contact our friendly office staff at 713.484.6683 to get started today.