The web is awash with home moving tips guaranteeing you a swift, hassle-free move. How many of the authors have actually practiced what they preach, though? However well meaning these tips may sound, some of them actually waste your time, instead of saving it. We’re aiming to bust the four main home moving myths and show you how to avoid them.
Myth #1: You Need To Color-Code Your Boxes
According to this myth, in order to have a successful move it helps to choose a different color pen for each box. Apparently, this makes it easier to tell which rooms the boxes belong in, say green for kitchen, blue for bedroom and so on. In reality, boxes are brown cardboard and lighter colors such as pink, yellow and orange won’t really show up very well. It’s best to just clearly label each box in large letters and stop wasting your time messing around with colored pens.
Myth #2: You Need A New Home Moving App
Home moving apps are all the rage and aim to save you time and help your move go smoother. True enough, apps are pretty neat as they back everything up with cloud storage so you never loose a list or miss a deadline. The trouble is the time it takes to learn your way around a new app. If you are very organized and start planning months in advance, go ahead. If apps are something you learn about just a few weeks before a move, forget about them. Stick with the good old-fashioned notepad and you’ll be fine.
Myth #3: Comparing Quotes Is Essential
Common advice is to contact at least three firms and ask for full quotes. This is a waste of time if you don’t look what each quote covers. What you need to look for is a solution for your needs. For example, how many moving personnel does the quoted price include? How many packing boxes or wardrobe containers are included? How much time is allotted for the move? Some firms might low-ball the quote and then charge over the odds for extra time or additional packing materials such as mattress covers or TV protectors. You should compare details, not quotes.
Myth #4: Only Book With Insured Moving Firms
This seems like valuable advice because homeowners think that moving firms with insurance will cover all their contents as part of the service. Checking that firms have liability insurance and a workers’ policy is a waste of time because that’s insurance for the firm, not your contents. In other words, it protects the firm against liability and gives coverage to its workers, not your equipment. Most firms insure your possessions for no more than $0.60 per pound per article. In other words, a $2,000 dollar bicycle weighing 20 pounds would be covered for $12. This myth wastes you time because, if you check with your insurance company, your possessions will likely be covered by your home contents policy, or you can buy a ‘floater’ policy very cheaply. Call a moving company in Cambridge to discuss your insurance needs in more detail.