Don't Let These Five Things Surprise You & Your Move 

  1. Always Best to Prepare for Some Sort of Surprise Factor
  2. I Own Way Too Much Stuff
  3. This Is Taking Too Much Time!
  4. How Do I Transport All of My Things?
  5. I Didn't Know It Would Cost This Much
  6. I Need Help!

1. Always Best to Prepare for Some Sort of Surprise Factor

When it comes to a big move, the number of factors involved can be daunting. Moving is regularly portrayed in film, television, and commercials, with images of large trucks and cardboard boxes signaling a glamorous transition to bigger and better things in life, but moving a home is far more complicated than that. Here are five surprises you might encounter during a move.

Don't be surprised during a move, read our guide.

2. I Own Way Too Much Stuff

Whether you’ve lived in one place for one year or five, the first surprise people run into when preparing to relocate is the amount of stuff they have collected. If you’ve lived in the same place through a graduation, a marriage, or baby, the life change will certainly have affected your amount of material goods. Boxes of old school notebooks, paperbacks, and CD’s often make their way to the basement or garage, so when it comes time to move, there can be an unexpected need to purge. Pro Move Tip: The thing is you really can't get rid of too many things, minimalism is in, it's clean and people will appreciate it when they come to your new home, particularly when the house warming party starts you will have all the space in the world for vases and new trinkets that people gift you and it will be easy to clean up afterwards if there are fewer things.

3. This is Taking Too Much Time!

The obvious sequel to the frustration of an overabundance of things is the frustration of not having enough time to go through it all. Moving a four-bedroom house can take up to a year of planning. The more space you have, the more things you stand to acquire. Be sure to budget not just days but weeks to go through old photographs, clothing, and to decide if you’re going to keep that Walkman or first generation iPod, or sell it on eBay. Don’t get backed into the corner, needing to donate everything you own because you didn’t plan ahead to deal with potentially lucrative castoffs. Pro Move Tip: First of all, the first generation iPod is an antique, keep it, it takes up barely any room and it will probably sell as an antique for about the same as you originally bought it for in enough time, aside from that it's cool to show off. Secondly, treat the going through old stuff as it is, a walk down memory lane, nostalgia and you will see that it is actually a fun thing to do.

4. How Do I Transport All of My Things?

Beds, couches, and other large items are obvious things to plan for. Moving large pieces of furniture, like dressers, desks, and refrigerators should be anticipated. But bed linens, stuffed animals, books, office supplies, and kitchen plates, pots/pans, and other smaller items that you may have in your home. You probably haven’t realized that everything you’ve stuffed into drawers or closets must now be the subject of a decision. It’s good to keep large, reinforced trash bags and an abundance of packing boxes close at hand because you will inevitably need to pack more things than you thought. Trash bags are good for linens and towels, and newspaper can be wrapped around cooking items to protect them during a move. You can also use newspaper for moving items made of glass, or you can pick up a roll of wrapping paper from almost any department store for a relatively cheap price.

5. I Didn't Know It Would Cost This Much 

A move is often made to capitalize on a more lucrative situation, but the act of moving will always cost more than anticipated. You didn’t know that a refrigerator must be specially moved right-side up? You didn’t realize that your boxes would overflow the moving van you rented? Plan ahead, and anticipate spending a few thousand dollars more than you budget suggests. You can check out Moving Authority’s Moving Cost Calculator to get a ballpark estimate for your move.

6. I Need Help!

No one wants to get a text on Saturday morning from a desperate friend who needs help with moving. If you know you’re going to need extra hands or vehicles, ask people weeks in advance so they have a chance to plan, and be sure to compensate them with coffee and/or gift cards. If you know you have a daunting move with too few hands, don’t be afraid to hire movers. There are many companies that move not only nationally but within a city. There are options beyond just renting a van and doing it all yourself. Explore options beforehand, so that when the date comes, you’re prepared!
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George Ferazio

4 years, 6 months ago

Guys, last time I moved I ran into number four on your list, specifically I am always astounded by the total cost, I don't mind paying in the end but it would make much more comfortable if I could estimate the cost of moving my stuff before I actually called a moving company, any help would be greatly appreciated.


Ashley Richmond

4 years, 5 months ago

Good Morning George! We are sorry this happened to you in your prior moves. If you use our moving calculator tool you should be able to input all the items you want to move and then get a fair quote. Use the tool at the upper right hand corner of the page. (in the blue box)

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Question With the partial deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980 by the Motor Carrier Act, trucking companies increased. The workforce was drastically de-unionized. As a result, drivers received a lower pay overall. Losing its spotlight in the popular culture, trucking had become less intimate as some unspoken competition broke out. However, the deregulation only increased the competition and productivity with the trucking industry as a whole. This was beneficial to the America consumer by reducing costs. In 1982 the Surface Transportation Assistance Act established a federal minimum truck weight limits. Thus, trucks were finally standardized truck size and weight limits across the country. This was also put in to place so that across country traffic on the Interstate Highways resolved the issue of the 'barrier states'.

Question “Country music scholar Bill Malone has gone so far as to say that trucking songs account for the largest component of work songs in the country music catalog. For a style of music that has, since its commercial inception in the 1920s, drawn attention to the coal man, the steel drivin’ man, the railroad worker, and the cowboy, this certainly speaks volumes about the cultural attraction of the trucker in the American popular consciousness.” — Shane Hamilton

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Question Trailer stability can be defined as the tendency of a trailer to dissipate side-to-side motion. The initial motion may be caused by aerodynamic forces, such as from a cross wind or a passing vehicle. One common criterion for stability is the center of mass location with respect to the wheels, which can usually be detected by tongue weight. If the center of mass of the trailer is behind its wheels, therefore having a negative tongue weight, the trailer will likely be unstable. Another parameter which is less commonly a factor is the trailer moment of inertia. Even if the center of mass is forward of the wheels, a trailer with a long load, and thus large moment of inertia, may be unstable.


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The ICC intended for the 3-hour difference between 12 hours of work and 15 hours on-duty to be used for meals and rest breaks. This meant that the weekly max was limited to 60 hours over 7 days (non-daily drivers), or 70 hours over 8 days (daily drivers). With these rules in place, it allowed 12 hours of work within a 15-hour period, 9 hours of rest, with 3 hours for breaks within a 24-hour day.

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Question The USDOT (USDOT or DOT) is considered a federal Cabinet department within the U.S. government. Clearly, this department concerns itself with all aspects of transportation with safety as a focal point. The DOT was officially established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, beginning its operation on April 1, 1967. Superior to the DOT, the United States Secretary of Transportation governs the department. The mission of the DOT is to "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life for the American people, today and into the future." Essentially this states how important it is to improve all types of transportation as a way to enhance both safety and life in general etc. It is important to note that the DOT is not in place to hurt businesses, but to improve our "vital national interests" and our "quality of life". The transportation networks are in definite need of such fundamental attention. Federal departments such as the USDOT are key to this industry by creating and enforcing regulations with intentions to increase the efficiency and safety of transportation. 

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Question The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) is a non-profit trade association. AMSA represents members of the professional moving industry primarily based in the United States. The association consists of approximately 4,000 members. They consist of van lines, their agents, independent movers, forwarders, and industry suppliers. However, AMSA does not represent the self-storage industry.

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