Moving to a new city? Here are 4 costly mistakes to avoid during the process

Published: February 16, 2018 1:13 PM

While moving to a new city can be exciting, the process can get equally nerve-wracking and tiresome when it involves shifting all your belongings from one city to another.

Moving to a new city, costly mistakes to avoid, packers and movers, belongings, transit insurance,  professional packing and moving firmYou can lighten your shifting load by ensuring that you zero in on a professional packing and moving firm that will provide you with high-quality relocation services.

While moving to a new city can be exciting and can give you a break from your monotonous life, the process can get equally nerve-wracking and tiresome when it involves shifting all your belongings from one city to another. From the paperwork, settling outstanding bills, packing your furniture and expensive goods to making the arrangements to receive your belongings at your destination is an exhausting experience. However, you can lighten the load by ensuring that you zero in on a professional packing and moving firm that will provide you with high-quality relocation services. This will help ensure that the process is no more cumbersome than it needs to be.

Listed below are a few common mistakes that people make during the process which you can avoid and save yourself some unnecessary expenses:

1. Ignoring the inventory list: Not preparing your inventory list can prove costly to you. An inventory list helps in staying organized and keeping a tab on the list of items, number of boxes and type of products being shipped. Making a list of all the items carton-wise and the number of cartons handed over to the mover will help you match the number of cartons you receive at your destination. Some moving companies will go that extra mile to help you create an inventory list, and offer you advice on how to wrap and pack all your belongings properly. After all, you don’t want your possessions to go missing or arrive damaged in your new city.

2. Missing out on the transit insurance: Not getting your transit insurance beforehand can complicate the process further. You cannot rule out the possibility of damage due to human error or any other untoward incident besides. Transit insurance warrants that for losses caused by most perils, you won’t be in a loss.

3. Packing crucial documents with the transferable goods: Packing important documents along with the rest of the transferable goods can be a very bad idea. The following items should be carried along with you and not packed with the other stuff being moved by the packers and movers –

# Wallets and Handbags

# Passport / travel documents

# Property / Insurance papers

# Cash

# Credit / Bank Cards

# Jewelry / Watches

# Mobile Phones

# Cameras

# Stamp / Coin Collections

# Portable Music Players

# Personal Digital Assistants

Bear in mind that these items are extremely valuable and if they get damaged or lost during transit, the end result will be a costly affair.

4. Vague transit time and destination details: Not being absolutely clear on the transit time and destination details can cause difficulties for you. Ideally, your belongings should reach at the same time or shortly after you do, but there may be unforeseen delays. For instance, find out if the truck can reach your destination, and if you’re moving into an apartment, whether it requires service lift availability. You need to confirm with your mover about the time of delivery at your destination.

(By Atul Mithal, CEO, Shift Karado)

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition