When moving anywhere in Alberta, there are common mistakes that people often make. If your move to a new city is not properly planned these types of mistakes can cost you money and worse, cause damage to your belongings.
In this article, we will go over the top 6 moving mistakes people make when they relocate to Lethbridge.
1. Not hiring a professional mover
The most common mistake people make when moving to Lethbridge is not hiring a professional mover. When you hire professionals, it will cost you less in the long run because they are skilled and trained in all aspects of this process. Not only do these companies come prepared for your move with trucks, packing materials, padding material as well as insurance coverage but they also know how to pack fragile items so that there will be no breakage during transport. These factors alone can save you thousands of dollars!
Professional Moving companies like Alberta Strong Movers can provide an easy, reliable, and peace of mind moving experience for a fraction of the cost (and time) you might spend doing it yourself.
2. Moving too quickly and not packing properly
Overestimating the time it will take to move is often one of the biggest headaches in the long run.
A one-bedroom apartment may not require a full day of work, but as soon as you pack and load your car with furniture and boxes on top, the entire process can become very stressful if you don’t have help – especially when lifting heavy items! This is another reason why hiring professional movers is so important; they use their specialized equipment (such as ropes, pulleys) to make this task easier for everyone involved.
Worse yet if you don’t properly pack your belongings you might forget or overlook some household items in all of the hustle and bustle going on during a move. However, what often goes overlooked are fragile and small belongings in your home. It’s important to keep these items in mind as you pack and make sure they are properly wrapped, boxed or padded.
Packing too much into one box: If you’re so busy packing everything away, chances are good that certain belongings will end up getting squished together during transit – and this can easily lead to broken dishes or damaged furniture!
3. Hiring movers that are inexperienced or unreliable
The most expensive mistake that people make when they move is hiring movers who are inexperienced or unreliable. These mistakes can result in excessive costs and lots of stress as you scramble to find a new moving company at the last minute. Do proper research when hiring a moving company, look at their reviews and credentials.
Ask for references and check them out before hiring a moving company. A reputable moving company will not be afraid to give you the name of one or two past clients that you can contact. Check how long they have been in business, ask if their drivers are insured, licensed, and bonded? Do your research when it comes to who is handling all of your most important possessions – don’t hire just anyone! Better yet, hire us for your move to Lethbridge!
4. Packing your belongings in the wrong containers
If you’re moving to a new place, it’s important to know what type of container is best for the items that you want to bring. You can’t just throw everything in one box and hope that they’ll fit! The two most common types of containers are paper boxes and plastic bins. Paper boxes are great because they’re sturdy, but they take up more space than plastic bins. Plastic bins have the advantage of being lightweight, stackable, and waterproof- so if your belongings get wet while in transit, no worries! But be careful not to pack things too tightly or else your belongings might get crushed when the bin is lifted onto a truck by movers.
You might be wondering if you should use one of those big, padded bags that movers provide. They’re great for protecting and organizing your belongings during transit- but they are not waterproof! If your items get wet in a bag while being transported, then all the work you did to protect them beforehand is wasted because everything will be ruined.
The last thing you want to do when finding things to do after you move to Lethbridge is worry about damaged items.
5. Forgetting to take pictures of items you’re moving so they can be replaced if something goes missing
You’re moving. You have a list of things you need to do before the big day, but are you forgetting one of the most important? Make sure to take pictures of all your items in your home and identify what they are. This will help when unpacking because it is easier to see where items belong than trying to guess by looking at just a pile of boxes.
This is especially important if you’re moving in the winter. Your windows may be covered with snow or ice, preventing light from entering the room and making it more difficult to identify what’s inside your boxes. Taking pictures of items before they are packed will help ensure that everything arrives safely at its new destination and can be found easily once unpacked.
6. Neglecting to ask for final pricing before the move is complete
The last thing you want to do is be blindsided by hidden charges moving to Lethbridge. The best way to avoid this is by getting an estimate before moving day and asking for final pricing when it comes time to pack up your belongings.
A good estimator will provide you with a detailed list of what’s included in their price quote and what may cost extra so that there are no surprises on moving day. At Alberta Strong Movers, we offer free estimates for both office moves and residential moves!
We want to help you avoid these mistakes and get the most out of your move. If you need a little advice on how to best prepare for moving day, we’re happy to provide it! Give us a call today or fill in our online form with any questions or concerns.
You can also schedule an appointment by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you soon so that we can make sure this is as smooth of a process as possible!