No matter how much planning goes into a move, something unexpected is always bound to happen. That’s why it’s important to have contingency plans set in place. There is an endless list of things that can change on a whim as you’re going through a move, which is why our experts at George Moving & Storage wanted to share some of our top tips for getting back on track.

In this article, we’re going to go over some of the best tips when it comes to planning for unexpected…

  • Damages
  • Delays
  • Emergencies
  • Fuel Costs 

Planning for Unexpected Damages

One of the most common occurrences that can happen during a move is your belongings sustaining damage while in transit or even in a storage facility. To avoid dealing with expensive repercussions, there are a couple things you can do.

For starters, always as your hired moving company about their valuation coverage options. Any mover will have to offer basic coverage, which will protect the item based on its weight, but it is always worth it to ask about other available options—especially for more fragile items that are lighter. 

When it comes to actually packing, be sure to use proper packing techniques and materials for all your items. This includes: 

  • Custom Crating for Antiques/Artwork
  • Dish Packing Boxes for Dishes and Glassware
  • Packing Paper and Bubble Wrap to Fill in Gaps
  • Protective Padding and Blankets for Furniture

Planning for Unexpected Delays

Regardless of when you move, you always run the risk of dealing with delays. This can be due to scheduling mix-ups, inclement weather, truck/supply shortages, and more. While it’s impossible to be completely prepared for delays, you can avoid future headaches by scheduling several extra days off during your move.

Additionally, you should be sure to have at least a few days’ worth of necessities with you just in case you make it to the new house, but the rest of your belongings get delayed. It is also a good idea to set aside a bit extra for eating out at restaurants or staying at a hotel if your budget allows it.

Planning for Unexpected Emergencies

A lot of things can happen on the long drive to your new home, so make sure you plan for the unexpected. The following are certainly optional depending on your specific situation, but some of the best items and services to have on hand to prepare for potential emergencies during your move include:

  • Emergency Road Kit
  • Battery-Powered Chargers
  • Downloaded Maps
  • Road Service like AAA
  • Car Connection Services for Emergency Assistance

Planning for Unexpected Fuel Costs

It’s no secret that gas prices can fluctuate a lot over the course of just a few weeks. This is one of the reasons it can be difficult to price out your move in advance. A moving truck can consume a significant amount of gas—especially during a long-distance move, and a jump in gas prices can result in hundreds of dollars in added expenses.

When working with a professional moving company, the best thing you can do is get a written estimate from them that covers these fluctuations, so you’re not stuck with a higher moving cost as you’re already going through the process.

When it comes to taking your own vehicles, be sure to have a buffer in your budget to account for changing gas prices.

Connect with Our Pennsylvania Movers to Start Planning Your Move Today

Whether you’re heading down the street or out of the country, it’s crucial to be prepared for the unexpected to happen. And one of the best ways to do that is to have a professional moving and storage company on your side that you can trust.

As an experience moving company, an agent for northAmerican Moving Services, and a certified ProMover, our experts at George Moving & Storage, Inc. guarantee we can walk you through your move without any extra hassle. Get in touch to learn more about our services:

  • Free Moving Consultations and Estimates
  • Partial and Full Packing Care
  • Local, Long-Distance, & International Moving Services
  • Short- and Long-Term Storage Options
  • Affordable Prices

…and so much more!

Connect with our residential movers to chat with a representative or use our online form to schedule a free appointment today.