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Top 10 Avoidable Moving Mistakes

  • By lemaster
  • 11 Jul, 2016
Moving takes time and energy. At Pedro's Moving & Storage, we are big on hassle-free moving. Moving can seem overwhelming, but with the proper preparation you can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they move. Check out our tips on how you can easily steer clear of some moving disasters.

Not Researching Companies

Begin researching companies 2-3 months prior to your move out date. Make sure your movers carry a moving license. Check out their record with the Better Business Bureau, and ask for references. Don’t forget to ask for an in-home estimate. It’s important to plan out your budget ahead of time.

Not Planning Packing

Packing isn’t as easy as it looks. There’s a significant amount of planning that goes into packing. We recommend taking inventory before and after packing. Start packing 8 weeks before the move date. Gather the right size boxes and packing materials. Sort through your items, and toss out anything you don’t need. Get a head start by packing the things you scarcely use first.

Not Labeling & Sorting Boxes

Label your boxes – write down the contents of the box, and include handling instructions for fragile or heavy objects. This will help your movers load the boxes accordingly, and it will also be beneficial for you when you have to unpack.

Leaving Your Valuables With The Movers

As great as your movers are, the best way to ensure your valuables make it to your new home safely is to pack them with you. Safely wrap and pack your jewelry, heirlooms, professional camera, important documents and any prized collections with you in your carry-on or car.

Packing Flammables & Other Non-Movables

Communicate with your moving company in advance to check if your movers can transport any flammable items or explosive items, such as firearms, your barbeque grill or your alcohol. We don’t want to put anyone in danger during your move, and we also want to risk damaging any of your items.

Lifting And Carrying Everything

Don’t attempt to lift and carry everything into the truck. Save your back, and use dollies, carts and other moving equipment to lessen the burden.

Forgetting Rover Needs To Move Too!

Don’t forget about your pets! They need to prepare to move to. If you are flying to your new home, check with your vet and your airline for proper flying procedures. Make sure your pet has all its immunizations up to date, its insurance, and all of its identification tags.

Not Preparing A “Survival Kit”

Pack a small bag with the items you will need immediately during the first week at your new home. We recommend including enough clothes to wear for a week, snacks and non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, your cell phone charger, and light tools for opening your boxes.

Forgetting To Change Your Address

Contact your postal office to set up mail forwarding to your new address. Don’t forget to change your mailing address with your banks, health insurance and car insurance.

Not Checking Your Insurance

Knowledge is power! Have a good understanding of what your insurance entails. Know how much it covers in damages and what exactly it covers.

Contact Your San Francisco, CA Moving Experts

There are so many pieces that need to come together during a move. Pedro’s Moving Services is here to help you get it right. Please don’t hesitate to   contact us   with any questions you might have about moving or our moving services. We’re happy to offer you a   free quote !
By lemaster 11 Jul, 2016

Using a moving service can cut down on time and energy you need to pack and unpack boxes, and get settled in. There are also certain protections you have when you use a moving service. Your property is covered if it is damaged during the move in this very important occasion.

In San Francisco and all the surrounding areas, it is incredibly mountainous with steep hills and multiple steps. Many of the buildings also have very narrow doorways. It’s not only can be a hassle, but it can also be dangerous and costly if you don’t know what you are doing. Professional movers have insurance. Their insurance typically covers your items if anything gets broken during the move. For many people, some of the items that are being moved are extremely valuable and irreplaceable. Even though that is the case, it is better to have some type of coverage on it, where as if you move it yourself, there is no coverage on it unless you have insured those items individually.

You want to use movers who are familiar with the terrain and the design of the housing structures in areas like Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View. Moving future up or down a hill or mountain side, if that is where your new dwelling is located, is a difficult task. It is the same idea with the inside of the home. You want to work with a company that is used to going up several flights of stairs. Nobody wants tired, or inexperienced movers trying to carry their bed and dressers up to the third or fourth floor. That is how walls and the property get damaged.

You have to be careful when selecting moving companies. There are some people who say they are movers, but really they are just looking to steal your property or your money. The company you use should have a website, or at least reviews somewhere on the internet. The moving company you are thinking about using has no digital footprint, not even a social media page or website, it might be better to choose a different company. You should know what the moving service you use has done and if they are a reputable company. That will help to do decide who to choose when it is time to move.

Don’t choose just anybody when you are ready to move. Choose a company who cares about getting the job do not just quickly, but also correctly and carefully.

By lemaster 11 Jul, 2016
Moving takes time and energy. At Pedro's Moving & Storage, we are big on hassle-free moving. Moving can seem overwhelming, but with the proper preparation you can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they move. Check out our tips on how you can easily steer clear of some moving disasters.
By lemaster 11 Jul, 2016
At Pedro's Moving & Storage, we strive to make moving easier for everyone in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. Our experienced team provides professional moving and packing services at competitive and fair prices. One of the biggest causes of stress in the moving process occurs when you’re packing. Here are three tips to simplify your move.
By lemaster 11 Jul, 2016
Packing up your home and moving can be a very time consuming and stressful process. If moving on your own sounds downright awful, then it’s time to starting looking towards a professional moving company. Knowing which company to go with is crucial to making sure you have a happy, stress free move instead of a horrible one. Moving is a stressful enough experience so finding a professional who is honest with their pricing, properly accredited, and provides a quick response to your needs is important for a smooth, care free moving experience.
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