5 Mistakes People Make When Moving

Family Unpacking Cardboard Box


If you have had to switch houses in the past, you know how much it can drain your energy if you are not prepared for the move. The process can get really frustrating! That is why we want to shine a light on five common mistakes people make when moving. We want to help prevent you from ending up in stressful situations during your move, so you can transition with ease and save more time to celebrate your new home! So without further ado, let’s get into it. 

1. Not labeling boxes


Some people may not have a lot of items to move, so they do not label their boxes. However, they soon realize their mistake when they have to open each and every box to find that one item that they really need while everything is still in boxes! Do not be this person and keep a marker on hand when packing boxes. 

2. Doing everything last minute 


We understand that you have a busy life. It is not easy to juggle work and home life. However, if you do not start the moving process a couple weeks in advance, you will be exhausted. Make a timeline of everything that needs to be done before the big move, or you can even use this moving timeline. Be sure to have your utilities connected before moving into your new home, and forward your mail in advance! 

3. Not taking advantage of self-storage


One of the most overlooked tips when it comes to moving is taking advantage of storage units! Renting a storage unit can really ease your burden in many ways during the moving process. Since you will be taking inventory of everything you currently have, you can take this time to store away everything that you have been wanting out of your sight for a while now. You can also utilize a unit if your new home isn’t quite ready to move-in yet, and you have already moved out of your old home. 

4. Getting a moving truck that is too small


Unfortunately, some people have experienced this horrifying situation before. It may not be a big deal for those moving just a couple of streets away, but if you are moving to a new state, it will be difficult to take multiple trips. To avoid this, we recommend taking measurements of larger items such as furniture first. Then, you can just measure the size of one box and multiply it by the number of boxes you have. Make sure to use the same size for the boxes to make this process work! 

5. Throwing away receipts


Many of us are eager to throw away receipts to avoid extra clutter. However, in this case, it may be helpful for you to keep the receipts of your moving expenses so you can deduct them from your taxes. You can store them in a small box that is easily accessible when you need it. 

In addition to these tips, we highly suggest checking out this post for additional moving tips. Thanks for reading!