Atlanta Moving Blog - Tips, Tricks, and Insider Info
September 06, 2019

Managing the Dreaded Moving Delay in Atlanta

Moving to a new houseBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

If there is a single thing you're able to count on when you are moving, it's that you cannot count on anything. There are numerous moving parts (ba-dum) to the process, and so many players, that at some point something is going to go wrong. Many people ready for a move plan out the front end of the move to the umpteenth degree and think that once the moving trucks drive out of the driveway it's all good.

Some people are wrong. Even the best-planned moves with quite possibly the most dependable and reputable moving companies in Atlanta could hit a snafu and cause your household possessions to arrive at your new house a few days after the planned date.

What Can Cause Moving Delays?

Weather conditions

Zipping down the road in your car is not really the same as lumbering along in a semi truck. With the best circumstances, trucks travel a little slower than other traffic. So, in the event the weather takes a turn, truck drivers are the first to pull over and wait a little for factors to get better. This may mean anything from half an hour in an utter downpour, to a couple days if an ice storm strikes on the way. Getting the household to your new residence intact is the target, thus sometimes the elements slows this down.

Road as well as Traffic Conditions

Summer months are peak season for many things--among them, road construction, travellers on the highway, and traffic mishaps. Highways are most jampacked in July and August, thus a minor fender bender might back things up for a few miles. Transportation administrators set work and maintenance in the drier times, therefore check your path for construction setbacks and plan for something to turn up which slows your moving vans--if they are backed up and arrive at a large town at rush hour, with many more hours to go, they could have to stop for the evening. Nobody would like a worn out team moving over the freeway--it's just not advisable for anybody.

Time of year

Summertime is the most easy time for a lot of people to relocate. Moving companies in Atlanta have limited resources--trucks as well as crews. It really is a perfect storm for the move to be delayed in the front end--if the crew got trapped in bad traffic, weather, or each on the job ahead of yours, they might not reach your home on the planned day.

If the delay dominoes start to fall and impact your move, your move coordinator will inform you, and keep you updated as they learn more regarding scheduling.

Logistical Surprises

Getting the moving vans to your new front door isn't always as simple as you'd assumed. In case you are moving to a metropolitan area with limited parking, that huge van might not have a place to park for several hours, and your belongings have to be packed onto smaller trucks that will fit on the street. Conversely, when your new home is on an unpaved curvy mountain route, a large truck can't navigate safely. Finding new trucks and reloading them will add time to the process.

How You Can Deal with A Delay

To be on the safe side, consider a delay on either end of your move. These represent the things you can do when it appears like your movers will not show up or deliver on time.

First, change your views on "on time". Professional movers in Atlanta let you know beforehand that they will do their finest to fulfill the target dates, but there is a window--as detailed above, circumstances change and there's absolutely nothing you can do if a weather event results in a twelve-car pile-up that leads to reaching the DC metro area at 5 pm. Therefore, "on time" is really a somewhat flowing idea in the moving arena.

· Let your real estate professional know there may be a delay in your departing

· Allow for a few days flexibility if you are eliminating your utility service--this is no time to not have access to water and Wi-Fi.

· If you happen to be boarding a pet, let the pup palace know you'll need an extra day or possibly even longer.

· Arrange hotels in your new town if you get there first or bring sleeping bags and camp out.

Flexibility is the vital thing to handling any move, so if you are anticipating what can go awry, you are way less likely to have a meltdown whenever it does.


Request a free quote

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
Read more

Almost there...

Tell us a little more about yourself!
(Contact information is required to submit form.)