Here Are The Most Common Moving Mistakes

Unless you’re settled down with a long-term mortgage, chances are you’ll eventually have to move. Depending on how you go about it, it can either be an incredibly stressful experience or a relatively simple one. It’s all about proper planning. Here are 3 common mistakes people make when moving.

Moving can be a stressful experience. It’s mentally exhausting, time-consuming, and complicated.  I still find myself amazed that there are some people out there who manage to stomach doing it more than once every few years.

And that’s if you do everything right. There’s no shortage of moving mistakes which, if you make them, can turn a challenging experience into an outright nightmare. I’m going to go over a few of the most common – because recognizing mistakes people make when moving is the first step to avoiding them.

Not Doing Your Research

While it’s possible to handle all the heavy lifting and transportation involved in a move by yourself, I wouldn’t recommend it. So long as you have the budget for it, a reputable moving company can save you a ton of grief.  First and foremost, you don’t need to worry about injuring yourself trying to lift and move heavy objects such as furniture.

Moreover, with a professional moving company, you can actually end up saving money. Rather than renting a truck and making multiple trips on your own, a team of experienced movers can take care of everything in an afternoon or two. That’s assuming, of course, you hire a reputable organization.

Ideally, you’ll want to look up two or three of the highest-rated movers in your city. Contact each of them individually for an estimate, and dig around to see if there are any ongoing complaints against them. While discussing your move, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • Are you insured? The only right answer to this question is “yes.”
  • What does your insurance cover? Ideally, you’ll want full coverage for lost and damaged items. Also pay attention to whether or not the company will insure items you pack, or if they only cover the stuff they pack.
  • How does your moving process work? Are there additional fees for heavy items? What does their scheduling process look like?

Underpacking (Or Overpacking)

We all have a tendency to accumulate junk when we live in a location for long enough. Prior to a move, it’s a good idea to rid ourselves of as much of this as possible. A few weeks before you begin packing, go through your belongings and do some downsizing.

You’ll want to divide things into a few separate piles – keep, sell, donate, and throw away. The more you can rid yourself of, the less you’ll need to worry about packing up. And speaking of packing, avoid overloading any of your boxes.

Assuming you’ve purchased them from a specialized retailer, each will have a maximum safe load.  Going over that not only runs the risk of injury, but it also carries the risk that the box will break apart while you move. Life tips blog The Spruce provides a great set of guidelines regarding how much you can put into each package.

Failing To Consider Mail and Utilities

Forwarding your mail can be a  time-consuming process, to say nothing of moving your utilities from one property to another. Unfortunately, it’s also absolutely necessary, unless you want to be left without power, water, and/or the Internet at your new property.

The good news is that the United States Postal Service offers a mail forwarding service that will automatically flag all mail sent to your old address and forward it to your new one for a certain period of time. This gives you a bit of breathing room to speak to your utility providers and anyone else you receive physical mail from.


Moving will always be at least a little stressful. And it’s never going to be a truly pleasant experience. But provided you’re on top of the major stuff – packing, movers, and mail/utilities – it’s at least manageable stress.

Ryan B. Bormaster is the managing attorney at Bormaster Law. The law firm practices in a number of areas but specializes in 18 Wheeler Accidents, Accidents with Commercial Vehicles such as Work Trucks and Catastrophic Injuries of all kinds.

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