Moving Tips # 5 - Three Most Common Mistakes People Make When Moving

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Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group

According to one source, people move on average FIVE times in their lifetime. That sounds pretty low to me, since I have moved over 15 times in twenty plus years. Obviously, I am not part of the 15% of the population that has lived in the same house for at least 20 years.

When it comes to relocating, the following old statement is true --- "Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail."

                                                --- Three Most Common Mistakes --

1) Waiting until the last minute to reserve a truck or trailer. U-Haul recommends making your reservation two to four weeks ahead of time. Keep in mind that the summer months are the busiest months in the moving industry. Nearly 45% of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You can also avoid the weekend madness at rental centers if you move between Monday and Thursday. You also might get cheaper rates on your truck during non-peak times.

                                             World Class Traffic Jam by joiseyshowaa.source

 

2) Not packing your boxes ahead of time. That just leads to throwing things in boxes and when you get to your new home it will be like Easter -- as you hunt around looking for things. Pack your boxes "strategically" and mark each box with its contents and destination room.

                                                         Easter Bunny by Scott Kinmartin.source

 

3) No unloading help at your destination. It is a little easier to find help at your old home, because you have friends in that area. However, it is not recommended that you introduce yourself to your new neighbors by saying, "Hi. We are the Smith family. Could you help us unload our truck?" (I doubt your new neighbor's cat will even like you.)

                                                          Merlin snarl by Mel B.. source   

                                       

Get nationwide Moving Help labor only services to help you load or unload, pack or unpack your truck. You rent the truck and we will help you find the muscles. Then you will be warmly welcomed to the neighborhood.  

 

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Kevin McGourty
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Pam - Coming from a woman who had six kids...I know you know how important planning ahead can be. It helps keep the chaos from getting too insane. I find with five kids it is all about keep momentum with the herd going in the right direction. Controlled chaos. 

Oct 31, 2008 01:21 PM #2
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Emily Schuyler
Smart Click Realty - Roseville, CA
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Hi Kevin,  Thanks for the comment on my blog.  These are great tips.  I like your analogy of throwing things in boxes will be like Easter, it's so true!

Nov 03, 2008 11:16 AM #3
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Kevin McGourty
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Emily, I just came across your blog today. Nice to meet you and glad you stopped by. Now we are official members of the "Mutual Admiration Society." Have a great week.

Nov 03, 2008 11:32 AM #4
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Sandra McCarty
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Good tips!  Thanks for stopping by.

Sandy

Nov 03, 2008 11:58 AM #5
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Kevin McGourty
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Sandy - Great thing about AR is you make new friends every day. I was glad to come across your blog. Thanks for visiting mine. Have a good week.

Nov 03, 2008 12:03 PM #6
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Cherimie Crane
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Kevin,

That post made me tired just reading it!! I was once a moving queen....unfortunately...but now just the thought makes me want to run and hide. It really is a job for the professionals!

Nov 04, 2008 08:10 AM #8
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Kevin McGourty
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Cherimie -- First of all -- great name -- never heard it before. Also, I have a friend in Beaufort -- sounds like a great place, close to the ocean. Yes, moving can be a pain in the pituitary glands..to say the least. However, we can make it a little easier.

Nov 04, 2008 11:31 AM #9
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Renée Burrows
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The "not packing boxes ahead of time" is always my issue!

Nov 15, 2008 10:18 AM #10
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Heather Goodwin
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Three great tips, Kevin.  I hadn't thought of the last one, but that could be a great help in sometimes overwhelming circumstances.

Nov 15, 2008 04:13 PM #11
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Kevin McGourty
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Renee - Funny how personality types play out when you are moving. I am like you -- procrastinate a little on the packing. My ex-wife -- she was the opposite. She started packing very early. Heck, she had my stuff out the door before I knew it.  :)

Nov 17, 2008 10:38 AM #12
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Kevin McGourty
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Heather - I know when I moved from Idaho to Phoenix 2 years ago -- I didn't have any help arraigned in Phoenix. I didn't even know Moving Help existed.  

Nov 17, 2008 10:42 AM #13
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Connie Harvey
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Kevin, I'm actually shocked that people aren't more organized than they are.

My favorite packing tip is to make one VERY IMPORTANT box that has 2 pillows, bed linens, cork screw and the remote to the TV. That way we can have a glass of wine and watch the news before sleeping on our own pillows, if nothing else happens!

Nov 17, 2008 04:00 PM #14
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Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

Connie - I think that is moving with Southern Comfort. Sounds like a great way to cap the move.

Nov 17, 2008 04:07 PM #15
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Some nice tips Kevin... one of the troubles some of my clients have is that close of  escrow on some properties (bank owned for instance) is so up in the air. The loan can be written but the recording date can vary if there are loose ends with title. So... we try to advise of this ... so- flexibility can put a damper into the process.

Nov 20, 2008 05:26 AM #16
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Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

Chuck - Shifting closing date and certainly create a real challenge on having a smooth move. I will make one pitch and say that our Moving Helpers are used to working with changes to the scheduled dates.

Nov 20, 2008 10:31 AM #17
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AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author
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Great tips Kevin. Unfortunately, I've been guilty of all of the above...lolol :)

Dec 01, 2008 03:12 PM #18
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Kevin McGourty
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Amber - I have been guilty as well --- and I should know better. Glad to see you stop by.

Dec 01, 2008 03:17 PM #19
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True indeed, failure to prepare means you are preparing to fail. This is a very informative article for more tips on moving visit www.movingguide.net.

Jan 02, 2009 11:56 AM #21
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Gerad Hoyt

I was shocked that the average was only 5 moves in a lifetime, I've moved every year for the last 4 years!

Sep 06, 2013 11:18 AM #22
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Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

I am with you. I have probably moved nearly 20 times in my lifetime.

Sep 06, 2013 11:53 AM #23
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