Moving Day Nightmares - how to avoid them
Very organised people often make the mistake of assuming their tight schedule
will go exactly according to plan. The reality is that anything can happen
on moving day, so it is important you have an alternative place to stay the
night if things go wrong. (Or at least be happy to order pizza for tea and
sleep on the floor!) The most common problems we have encountered are:
Key hand-over by lawyer to the new home delayed
This is usually due to finances not going through as quickly as planned and
is especially common on Fridays, which is the busiest moving day of the week.
This can be avoided if you ensure you have access to the new home before
moving day. Moving earlier in the week is also helpful and the bonus is that
you will often get a discounted price from your removal company.
Previous owners not yet moved out
Try not to move in on the previous owners' move out day. We can recall one
very large job, which had 3 removal trucks and their crews plus our unpacking
team waiting for 2 hours outside while the previous owner finished packing
and cleaning. If you are paying the removal company an hourly rate this can
get very expensive.
Difficult access at pickup or delivery address delays the removal
If you have a steep and/or narrow driveway be sure to advise your moving
company if the consultant has not seen the access at both homes. Most
professional moving trucks are very big and require decent room to manoeuvre.
Other issues are overhanging trees and shared driveways. Also if your home
has a lot of stairs either internally or externally, this will slow the removal
team down considerably.
Removal truck late due to unanticipated problems with an earlier job
If your job is booked after a previous one, any of the above delays could
cause problems for your move. There is nothing you can do about this if it
happens, except to have a Plan B ready.
Not enough help
Your partner has been called away to an urgent business meeting, you're
surrounded by boxes and have nobody to call on. The kids are sick so they
can't be at school as planned. You still need to clean the house you moved
Give us a call. We just may be able to send someone around. Better
still, avoid this problem by booking our assistance well in advance.
The Finishing Touch Home Services
Phone 0800 286 722
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