Relocating to a different property, much less traveling to an island in the middle of the Pacific, can be very stressful. Below are the most common moving day problems and how to avoid them.
Bad moving company
Some moving companies are incompetent and can even be completely fraudulent.
The movers don’t show up or arrive late
The time you agreed with the company passes and after making a phone call you are given an excuse, more time elapses before the movers finally turn up several hours late. The result is a very stressful day and a lot of wasted time. The worst possibility is that you cannot get in contact with the moving company and are left with a wasted day and the financial loss of the deposit you gave to a fraudulent moving company that disappeared.
Your movers aren’t prepared
Your moving day can also be disastrous if the company you hire arrives in a vehicle too small to transport your belongings, or lacks the expertise and equipment to safely handle your valuable items. An incompetent moving company may cram your belongings into a small van and scratch your expensive TV, or drop the set of china you inherited from your grandmother. A recent client said their movers broke their piano and an expensive Sleep Number bed. The result is an emotionally and financially damaging moving day.
The movers are criminals or scammers
This might be the worst potential problem that can occur with the movers. The moving scammers may ask for much more money than was previously agreed by claiming that extra services are required for the move. They can even withhold your belongings until you pay an additional fee, or steal your expensive items and abandon the rest.
The solution to problems with moving companies is simple. Ensure that you carefully research the company before hiring them and handing over any deposit. Make sure that you are hiring a reputable company that is experienced and fully licensed. It is also recommended that you purchase any appropriate insurance for transporting your possessions, better to be safe than sorry.
Plan your relocation step by step to avoid the common moving day problems below. It also really helps when you have a good realtor that you are in communication well in advance before arriving on Guam.
Last minute packing
If you leave packing to the last minute, you may discover that you have many more possessions to relocate than you previously thought and it doesn’t fit into the moving truck. You might not even be ready when the movers arrive and lose time and possibly money due to extra fees.
If your larger possessions don’t fit through the door, you might have to pay for a hoisting service to have it removed at extra cost, or leave behind items that have sentimental value.
Problems with paperwork
Many people forget to transfer utilities and don’t have any electricity or water when they arrive at their new property. You can be fined if you don’t change the registration of your car and driver’s license in time.
Don’t overlook safety on moving day. Many people suffer injuries and accidents on their moving day by overlooking safety concerns.
Alex and I look forward to assisting you with your move, long before you even arrive on Guam. Email us at [email protected] or call at 671-687-7520. We are here to help!