Moving Mistakes: What Should You Not Do When Moving?

Do you enjoy packing up your belongings and moving from one house to another? If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t.

Studies show that moving is almost universally detested. In fact, 45% of people hate it so much, they end up waiting until the last minute to pack. This, of course, leads to extra stress and anxiety.

To help make the moving process more bearable, today we’re going to look at some of the common mistakes that people make. By avoiding these, you can ensure that you get from one house to the next without losing your mind.

Read on to learn more.


Trying to DIY Everything

Moving is an expensive endeavor, and it’s tempting to try and DIY everything to save money. However, doing so often comes back to bite you in more ways than one.

For one thing, packing up and moving everything yourself is time-consuming. While it might seem like the more economical option, you end up wasting hours (and hours and hours, depending on how many things you have) that you could otherwise spend doing something else.

Trying to DIY everything also puts you at risk of injuring yourself or breaking one of your items. On the other hand, professional movers have the skills necessary to protect both themselves and your belongings from harm.

Forgetting to Research Moving Companies 

If you are looking to work with a moving company (which we recommend), don’t forget to first ensure that they’re legitimate. Too many people end up falling for scams or moving companies that just want their money.

Sometimes, all it takes is heading to Google and searching “quality moving companies near me.” See what comes up, read through reviews, and then go from there. Don’t commit to working with any business unless everything seems to check out.

If you’re looking to move out of state, find a company that offers cheap state to state moving. Of course, you’ll also want to prioritize stellar customer service!


Moving Mistakes: What Should You Not Do When Moving?


Not Giving Yourself Enough Time to Pack 

If you don’t want to form a part of the statistic mentioned in the intro, you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to pack. This means starting earlier than the day, the week, and sometimes even the month before you move.

Before you even start packing, assess how much time you’ll need. Even if you don’t have too many belongings, it’s better to spend more time putting things away carefully than haphazardly throwing them into random bins.

This is also the time to determine whether you need to buy additional boxes, bins, and other packing supplies.

Giving Yourself Too Much Time

On the other end of the spectrum, there is such a thing as giving yourself too much time to pack. Doing this prolongs the moving process and also increases the chances of you not being able to get the items you need.

From clothes to books and furniture, you want to access your belongings throughout the majority of the moving process. Because of that, try to find a balance between packing last minute and packing too early.

You don’t want your things to sit around in boxes for weeks on end!

Not Selling or Donating Old Items

Many people go into the moving process with the intention of bringing all of their old items to their new home. This is a mistake.

Moving is a fantastic time to reassess the state of your belongings. If you’re like most people, odds are you have more items than you need. Instead of trying to bring them all along for the ride, look into selling or donating them.

In addition to lightening the load and lowering the number of things you need to pack, selling or donating items can also give you peace of mind. It’s satisfying to clean out old closets, dressers, and garages!


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Forgetting to Pack a Moving Essentials Bag

When the moving day finally rolls around, you want to ensure that you have what you need on hand. You don’t want to worry about having to dig through suitcases or boxes to find essential items.

From medication and a few choice articles of clothing to toiletries and pet food, everyone’s moving bag will look a little bit different. That said, it’s something that everyone should have.

Spend a few days gathering the things you’ll need before you have time to unpack, then put them in a small bag or suitcase. You’ll thank yourself for doing so later on!

Not Creating a Realistic Budget

As mentioned, moving is an expensive process, and it’s easy to spend thousands of dollars to move—even if you’re just relocating down the street. While you should prioritize convenience and efficiency, make sure also to consider expenses.

Before embarking on the moving process, get quotes from a few companies and remember that the numbers they give you are just that—estimates. Make sure you have enough money to cover any additional expenses that arise.

It’s also a good idea to use a moving calculator. This can give you a more precise idea of how much money you’ll end up spending!

Moving Made Easy

No matter how excited you are to begin the next chapter of your life, moving is always a stressful process. That said, there are many things you can do to make it easier.

Use the tips mentioned in this guide to help simplify the moving process. Remember to turn to a moving company for help if necessary!

Are you looking to learn more about how to make moving as easy as possible? If so, check out the rest of our site for more great content.

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