The Chinese built the Great Wall, but did that keep the hoards from the north from scaling the obstacle? Same with Istanbul. Nice gate around the city until someone came-up with the idea of shaping marble the size of a bowling ball, dumping a load of gun powder in the bottom of a closed cylinder, rolling the orb down the tube and lighting the blasting chemicals. Boom goes the cannon, leaving a few holes in the centuries-long barrier.
Such is Life – Especially the Moving Life
When a monkey wrench gets tossed into the machinery, stress ensues. Moving can not only gum-up the works, it’s a stress magnet. Chin-up, everyone. Sure, it’s a pain, but it’s also a test of character, a way to exercise the muscle we call a brain and it proves that the fit survive (and subsequently thrive).
It may not happen today, but every stressful problem on this swell planet of ours is ultimately waiting for a solution. Generally, it comes about by communication. With that in mind, let’s tear down that wall.
We’re going to use our cranium and our mouth for these points of communication. Turn-off the argument mode and flick-on the solution switch:
- What’s coming and what’s going? Since every move is directly tied to weight, if you have a 1968 Kelvinator for keeping your groceries cold, why are you throwing good money down the spider hole? Might it be cheaper to get a newer model – something built in this century? How emotionally attached are you to that anvil that’s been in your family for 100-years? Make a list and prioritize what you can part with.
- Do a little detective work. Before signing any contracts, perform some due diligence. At Square Cow Movers, we’re members of the Better Business Bureau and folks seem to give us good marks on Angie’s List. Not to brag, but between those two credible organizations, we’ve got the credibility corner covered.
- Take some time and detail your needs, wants, desires and expectations to the moving company. We say this a lot, but you want to discuss this with a manager and not a broker. Brokers are great people, but the manager is the boss. Contracts go two-ways. You get what the mover promised and the mover receives the respect that all professionals deserve.
- If you want to go the bidding process, just remember – balance the rate with the quality of service. If someone says they’ll move a 6-bedroom, 4-bath home for a dollar-and-fifty cents. Take a pass. You usually get what you pay for.
- Contact the insurance agent that holds your home policy. Take out some protection with that company. The movers may have a policy for you. That’s all fine-and-dandy. Double-up and get one from your agent, too.
- Do you know how to pack your stuff? Scroll around on our blog; we’ve got a few articles that will give you guidance if you decide to DIY. If you want the stuff to be really done right, let the movers handle it.
One final way to take the stress out of your relocation. There’s a phrase that sometimes gets attributed to President Ronald Reagan, but he wasn’t the one to coin the quote. The words actually came from someone that the former President nearly wholeheartedly disagreed with. “Trust, but verify.”
That bromide was first coined by Communist leader Vladimir Lenin.
See how easy it is to tear down barriers with just a little know-how?