The end results of your moving day are going to be extremely satisfying—at least when all your possessions have been safely transported to their new location and unpacked. The actual moving process certainly involves some effort, and even a little stress. Just imagine how stressful it's going to be if your moving plans encounter some last minute disruptions.
Disruptions to Your Moving Plans
There are a number of ways in which moving plans can be disrupted. Your new property may not be ready for you to move in, or there might be an extreme weather event that leads to an unavoidable delay. When your moving plans are disrupted, you'll need a contingency plan.
Your Immediate Needs
The immediate needs of you and your family are a priority, namely having a roof over your heads. Temporarily moving into rented accommodation or staying with family is a possibility, but it shouldn't be the default option. If renting, ask your landlord if it's possible to amend your prior arrangement and extend your existing lease by another month. Yes, this adds to the overall cost of your move, but is the less disruptive course of action. If you're selling your home, enquire whether you can choose a new closing date—which won't be a significant delay. If these options are unsuccessful, a brief period of rented accommodation or staying with family are avenues to explore.
Your Existing Moving Day May Be Set in Stone
You also have to think about your actual moving plans. Depending on the nature of the disruption and when you found out about it, your plans may be very advanced. You may have already packed everything up, awaiting the arrival of the local moving company you've hired. When it's not possible for you and your possessions to stay where you are, other arrangements must be made, even if your actual moving day is set in stone
Talk to Your Moving Company
Have a word with your local moving company. Do they offer storage? This can happen in one of two ways. The truck may be loaded before it's driven to the company's facility, where it will be unloaded (with your items placed in secure storage). There's likely to be an additional fee for this service, but it's a worthwhile expense. Alternatively, your moving company may provide moving containers. These can be dropped off at your home and packed with your belongings. The containers are then locked and transported offsite. When your new home is ready, the containers are taken to your new home for unloading.
Any disruptions to your moving plans can add significant stress to what is already a demanding time. Fortunately, there's always a plan B.