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Five Moving Day Surprises (And How To Prevent Them)

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Moving to a new residence is challenging enough without having to adapt to an unexpected event. Below is a list of five surprises that could upset your move and tips on how to prevent them from occurring.

Surprise # 1:  The Truck Is Too Small

Unfortunately, this often occurs after the truck has been loaded to capacity. Now you must take (at least) two trips to complete your move. Although time consuming, it need not be a major problem providing you are moving a short distance. However, if your new residence is many miles away, making an additional, unexpected trip may not be feasible. For this reason, it is imperative that you check and heed your truck rental company's estimates.

Surprise # 2: Can't Enter Your New Residence                                                        

After going through all the effort required to pack and transport your belongings, nothing would be more frustrating than arriving at your new residence and finding that you don't have the keys. Preventing this surprise is easy: just make sure you get the keys to the new residence prior to moving day. And don't forget to bring them with you.

Surprise # 3: It Just Won't Fit

You arrive at your new residence and, surprise, that dining table or grand piano just won't fit through the doorway. If you have large items, it is important that you find out prior to moving day what must be done to get them in your new place. Some items may have to be disassembled and reassembled by a qualified expert. Better to know that in advance than on moving day.

Surprise # 4: Too Much Stuff

Finally, imagine how surprised you would be when you discover that your new residence is unable to accommodate all of your belongings. What are you going to do with this stuff now? Prior to moving, compare the square footage of the two residences and if your new place has less space, get rid of everything you don't really need – have a garage sale, sell it online, or give it to a friend or to charity.  

Surprise # 5: Important Items Are Missing

Imagine that, after settling into your new residence, you can't find your laptop, cell phone, jewelry, or some other valuable. Now you have to go back to the old residence to check to see if you left it behind. To avoid this, make sure you thoroughly check every room in the old residence to make sure that you have everything before you leave.

For more moving tips, contact a company such as A-1 America's Best Moving.