We have been in the moving and project management business for nearly three decades now, and we have heard our share of horror stories. These are the 10 worst, cringe inducing moving fails, plus how you can avoid making similar mistakes:
Fail #1: Craning oversized items to the wrong floor, right before contractor seals the windows.
How to avoid issue: Use labels with the destination location clearly marked for every piece of furniture, especially the large ones. If individual items are marked with their final destination, all confusion regarding the proper placement of inventory can be completely avoided.
Fail #2: Relocating a very large, heavy, and fragile microscope that does not fit through the very last door in the path of travel.
How to avoid issue: The best way to avoid this type of issue is to anticipate risk and field measure the path of travel for especially large items. Also, be sure to identify all building access points to find the best choice for your particular move. Do this early on for all large items to avoid getting stuck last minute.
Fail #3: Moving large, -80 degree refrigerators to a location that does not have the required power source.
How to avoid issue: Mitigate your risk by analyzing the power and data requirements of all equipment and making sure that the destination location will match your needs. Ideally this would happen at the buying phase, but if initially overlooked, definitely analyze the space prior to moving large items.
Fail #4: Delivering a conference table to a building where the elevator is not tall enough.
How to avoid issue: Well folks, that means stair carrying a 200 pound table up 10 flights of stairs — which is less than ideal. Before the move, analyze all points of travel to plan ahead. Put in place a contingency plan, just in case something doesn’t quite fit.
Fail #5: While moving multi-million dollar telescopes in a snow storm, the outdoor loading dock was barely visible in the white-out conditions creating hazardous conditions, and making loading next to impossible.
How to avoid issue: Plan ahead and keep an eye on the weather forecast. If it looks like the conditions will cause potential damage to property or injuries to the moving crew, have a contingency plan in place. Always exercise good judgement for the safety of the crew.
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