The 8 Worst Moving Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

You do not do enough research on a moving company
Moving companies are plentiful, but not all of them are created equally. To find the right professional movers for the job, you need to get referrals, read reviews, and call up a few different companies for information and estimates. If you just pick the first name that comes up on the search engine results page, you are taking a major risk with both your belongings and your peace of mind. You are also not doing your wallet any favors, since the only way to know you are getting a good deal is to do some price comparisons.
You do not get the right insurance
Federal regulations require that interstate movers offer both released-value protection and full-value protection to their clients. The former sets the value of your belongings at 60 cents a pound, and because many consumers know their things are worth more than that, the latter provides coverage based on your own valuation of the items being moved. Full-value protection however doesn’t mean the moving company will write you a check for that amount if your contents are damaged (instead you’ll get a replacement item of equal value, or the company will pay for the item’s repair). Another option is separate liability insurance, which is offered by some movers and is governed by state law, or additional moving insurance from a third-party company. You can also check your homeowner’s insurance policy if you have one and see if it covers items in transit.
While the chance you will need to actually use your insurance is minimal (provided you’re working with a reputable moving company), it’s up to you to decide how much risk you want to take on. Fail to do that, and you may end up with little to no recourse if something happens.
You DIY your move when you need more help
Using professional movers is not cheap, but it is almost always worth it. Doing a move, yourself, even if you have friends helping, is going to be more time and labor intensive than hiring pros. If you have items of major value, it is also going to be way riskier. While there are plenty of situations where moving yourself is just fine, it’s a mistake to immediately quash the idea of using a moving company just because you want to save some dough or because you think it will be an easy job (it rarely is).
You do not give yourself enough time to pack
Even if you are just planning on throwing things haphazardly into moving boxes, packing takes time. It’s almost inevitable that areas you thought would take ten minutes to pack take closer to an hour, and then there are those areas that you know from the get-go won’t be a walk in the park (hi, kitchen). Giving yourself an insufficient amount of time will always lead to stress, and that’s stress that could have been avoided with better planning.
You give yourself too much time
On the flip side of starting too late is the equally damaging mistake of starting too early. Not only does giving yourself too much time unnecessarily prolong the moving process, it also makes it pretty likely that you’ll pack something you end up needing and then end up having to go through already packed boxes to find it. Plus, who wants to live around moving boxes longer than they must?

You do not get rid of things
Within the holy grail of moving tips is the notion that there is no better time than during a move to edit down your personal belongings. The less you must move, the better, plus there is no use wasting time packing and unpacking the things that you no longer want or need. Yet too often we get caught up in wanting to minimize tasks and simply throw everything into a box instead of doing some organization and getting rid of things. In addition to being a waste of time, bringing along unnecessary items can make your move cost more in labor and fuel.
You forget to pack a moving essentials bag
How is it that it is always the most important items that are the hardest to find after a move? A moving essentials bag is a small duffel bag or suitcase where you store the items you can’t afford to lose and/or the items that you know you’ll need on moving day and within the first couple of days at your new place. If you do not pack one, you are probably going to be frantically looking through boxes trying to find a single item or must go out and buy something you already have.
You do not budget correctly
It is impossible to anticipate the cost of your move down to the penny, which is why moving companies give you estimates—not quotes. But it is still smart to get a general idea of what your move is going to cost you, especially if you are trying to keep costs in a certain range. Sticker shock after a move is totally common, but it can be mitigated by doing the legwork ahead of time to figure out what you are comfortable spending and how much you are going to need to budget.
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