3 Common Moving Nightmares And How To Avoid Them

Dated: 05/11/2016

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 Common Moving Nightmares (and how to Prevent them)!!

Hi I’m Nikki Ryan from Concierge Real Estate here in Reston.  Today’s video discusses the topic of moving.  There is no other way to put it: Moving is stressful.  But it doesn’t have to be a waking nightmare.  During this video I will discuss the most common movingnightmares and how to avoid them.

But before we get started I’d like to take a moment to remind you if you are looking to sell your home, you can find a link on my website at Nikki Ryan.com to receive a free home evaluation report.  Or you can call me to schedule a consult.   I’d love to meet you and answer your real estate questions.

Now back to our topic…….

Many moving nitemare stories involve rogue or incompetent movers, broken or lost items, bills that were more than the estimate given; moves that took days longer than expected, trucks that were lost or that never showed at the destination.  You may have experienced some moving nitemares of your own.

The good news is that there is an easy way to avoid these nightmares.   And it begins with planning.   I recommend to my clients that they plan each phase of their relocation in meticulous detail.

Phase One:  Select your moving company.  But which movingcompany should you hire?  I advise my clients to research several companies. A great place to start is to get referrals from friends, family or your real estate agent.  Make sure you are dealing with licensed and experienced professionals you can trust.  

Next, Get competitive bids from at least 2 companies.  I advise clients to make a list of household items by room (including the garage & attic) and offer that list to each company that bids on the move.  Also, be specific about the services you require for your move.  Will you be packing household items or will you require the mover to pack? 

Next, plan out your move day logistics. Research the possible routes to your destination.  Factor in the distance and time of day. Discuss the route, travel time and any road restrictions with your movers ahead of move day.  Next, research your new home’s move-in rules.  Do you need to reserve special parking for the truck?  Are there certain hours when your move must take place? Will your movers need to access an elevator?

And finally, the last nitemare that can creep up during a move is Poor Organization.  A poorly organized move will create more nitemaresthan necessary.  So let’s review how to organize your move.

·         Avoid Packing chaos.  Update your list of household items & number of packed boxes1 week before move day.  Provide the updated list to your move company.  Be sure to use a good label system for boxes.  Proper labels will decrease the amount of time needed to place your belongings into your new home.  And will help you find you household and personal items quickly once you are in your new home.

·         Make Plans for your new home!  Call ahead to transfer the utilities, fill out a change of address card at the post office before you move, and schedule a time to update your driver’s license and car registration after you are settled into your new home.


I hope you will consider all of these suggestions when you are planning your next move. And if you have questions about your next move, please call me at 703-615-2663 or  visit my website at www.NikkiRyan.com.   Thanks for watching!

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