How To Avoid The 10 Most Common Moving Mistakes

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Common Moving Mistakes | How to Avoid Them | Storey Collective

Though moving house is exciting, preparing to move can be both stressful and complicated. With so many phases involved in the process, moving mistakes are almost inevitable. However, if you’re familiar with the most common moving mistakes and how to sidestep these, you can ease the burden of moving and keep your big day as stress-free as possible. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the 10 most common moving mistakes and show you how to avoid these.

So, here they are: the mistakes that you should avoid at all costs.

1. Moving Everything Yourself

Contrary to the common misconception, moving all of your own furniture instead of booking a professional mover might not save money. Even if you’re only moving a short distance, lifting or dragging heavy items won’t stop you from sustaining injuries or damaging your furniture. Your move is more likely to run seamlessly if you book an experienced mover.

2. Hiring the Wrong Mover

Though it’s usually best practice to book a mover, keep in mind that all movers are different. It’s important that you do your research before you select one to avoid any nasty surprises later down the line. You’ll need to check whether the mover:

  • Is licensed
  • Has good customer feedback
  • Offers pricing within your budget
  • Offers binding or non-binding pricing
  • Provides an online quote that matches what you’ll pay on the day

Also, if you’re moving out of the state, be sure to opt for a long-distance moving company. Taking the time to ensure you’re working with a reputable mover will put your mind at rest, safe in the knowledge that you’ll be able to move all of your things from a to b on the big day without a problem.

3. Not Decluttering

It’s always a good idea to declutter your home before packing. The fewer items you have to transport, the easier your move will be. Not only will your move be quicker, but the cost of shipping your things will be lower and your new home will be clutter-free, too. Once you’ve de-cluttered your house, create an inventory of everything that you will be keeping to ensure that nothing goes missing during your move.

Similarly, it’s a good idea to reduce the amount of food in your fridge and cupboards. Save transporting lots of food products by incorporating your current supplies into meals over the weeks before your move. This way, you’ll only have minimal food supplies to transport on moving day.

4. Not Measuring Your Furniture

Not measuring up is one of the most common moving mistakes. Though your furniture is the perfect fit for your current home, it might not fit so well in your new place. Take the time to measure your furniture and the doorways and staircases in your new property to ensure that you’ll have no problem moving your furniture from home to home. It’s also worth considering whether there is room for all of your furniture in your new home, especially if you’re down-sizing. If you need to donate or sell any of your furniture, it’s much easier to do this before you move.

5. Packing Too Late

Packing up everything that you own will almost certainly take longer than you expect, especially if you’ve lived in your current home for years and have accumulated lots of possessions and paraphernalia. If you pack in a hurry—without taking special care to wrap fragile items—some of your things might not make it to your new property undamaged.

You’ll also need to find enough boxes to package all of your items. Start early and you’ll be able to accumulate these for free from your own deliveries and from friends and family. You can also source boxes from the U-Haul Box Exchange, Freecycle, recycling points, and various stores. Remember to clearly label your boxes to make the unpacking process easier, too.

6. Not Packing Strategically

Packing—and unpacking—is time-consuming. But with a few strategic tips to hand, you can save valuable time and effort. Here are a few of our favourite packing hints.

  • Rather than taking all of your clothes off their hangers and folding them, use a wardrobe box or large plastic bag to transfer your clothes on their hangers and prevent creasing.
  • Instead of unpacking your dresser and storing your clothes in boxes, simply transport your clothes in the dresser.
  • If cardboard boxes aren’t strong enough to carry heavier items, use plastic boxes. Bonus points if you can also use these for storage in your new home.
  • If you’re moving suitcases, you can also use these to transport items.
  • Save on packaging materials when wrapping china, glass, and fragile items by using your towels. Dish towels are especially handy for wrapping sharp knives.
  • Put plastic wrap on any liquid containers that could spill or leak during the move.

7. Not Protecting Valuable Items

If you’ll be moving valuables from your current home to your new home, you’ll need to ensure that these valuables don’t get damaged. Aside from careful packaging, you may also decide to transport any valuables in your own vehicle, instead of trusting the movers to take these. If you have large valuable items that your movers need to transport as they won’t fit in your car, ensure that you have an insurance policy to cover the value of these items.

8. Not Making Plans for Your Pets

Depending on how far you’re moving, the journey could be uncomfortable for your pet(s). Plus, if you’re moving out of state, you might not have the paperwork that you need to cross the state line (keep in mind that the same applies for some types of plants). As a result, it might be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to pet- or plant-sit during your move.

9. Not Changing Your Address

Who knows what important mail you might miss if you don’t update your address as soon as you move? In particular, your utility suppliers should be able to tell you how much notice they need to set you up in your new home. Remember to update all of your utility suppliers and set up a mail-forwarding system.

10. Not Packing a Survival Kit

When moving house, you’re unlikely to have immediate access to the things that you need. You’ll find that the right-sized saucepan is in the box at the bottom of the pile or that you have embedded your daughter’s teddy beneath a stack of other toys that you haven’t yet unpacked. Packing a survival kit for everyone involved in your move can reduce stress and keep everyone happy. Whether you need favorite toys, medication, cash, paperwork, or toiletries, a survival kit goes a long way.

Avoiding Moving Mistakes—How Storey Collective Helps

With our useful tips to hand, you’ll be well-positioned to avoid common moving mistakes and keep your house move stress-free. As part of our commitment to leveraging the right tools so that you can move seamlessly, our online concierge will help you organize and manage your move. Get in touch at